Wait no more as Disney and Lucasfilm have finally released our best look yet at The Last Jedi, and this new trailer is a remarkably visual piece of marketing. In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.
Be forewarned though, Rian Johnson (writer and director of the film) has urged fans that if they truly want to experience Star Wars: The Last Jedi for all its worth, they should go in cold:
I a legitimately torn. If you want to come in clean, absolutely avoid it.
But it’s gooooood….. https://t.co/Y29K5yz8i4
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) October 8, 2017
Of course, the movie has been teased for years at this point, its refreshing to see a helmer of a project of this size request that fans skip the latest trailer and just wait for the movie to come out. In a time where we get teasers for the release of a trailer of a movie not being released for over a year, it’s a change of pace to know that people like Johnson are still of a mind that it’s best to just go into something cold.
However, we were all here for one thing and that was to check out the new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, so here it is:
The trailer itself sets-up a host of new revelations that have only been hinted at before (Vanity Fair’s cover shoot and subsequent interviews teased many of the film’s new characters). We get a look at Rey and Luke’s training, with hints of Yoda from Empire Strikes Back. A quick update on our core group of characters like Poe and Finn, who faces off against his once-comannder, Captain Phasma. Visually, It’s also just an incredibly stunning trailer, filled with such deep colors, and composition all shot in incredible 35mm film. One of the standout moments has to be Kylo in a TIE fighter contemplating taking out his own mother, General Leia (also serving as a continued tribute to the late, great Carrie Fisher).
And what’s to say about that final shot? It’s no wonder Rian Johnson is playing a little devil’s advocate and advising anyone wanting to go into the movie as fresh as possible to avoid this trailer. Kylo looks to be avoiding the typical descent into the Dark Side by offering his allegiance to Rey, or perhaps to turn her to the Dark Side? It’s a great moment in a pretty stacked trailer.
Rumors had been swirling for some time as to when we might see a new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The sequel has been notoriously more hidden than its predecessor, often only giving us glimpses and a first trailer during D23 this year. By the same stretch, The Force Awakens had already racked up three trailers and a host of other marketing releases.
In addition to the release of the trailer, Lucasfilm also unveiled a brand new poster. It fully embraces the color scheme that much of the film’s marketing has honed in on and has Luke hovering above all of the proceedings.
The trailer was released at halftime during the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears game in Chicago. Although it always depended on how the game played out, Lucasfilm was ready to drop the trailer online immediately following its airtime on TV. It also signaled the start of advance tickets (did you get yours?) much the same way that Force Awakens tickets went on sale two years ago.
Director Rian Johnson shot Star Wars: The Last Jedi in 35mm, with select scenes filmed using IMAX cameras, making the 70mm IMAX experience an incredible event for those who live near one of the 10 theaters screening The Last Jedi this way. The majority of locations will be presenting the film digitally, but IMAX has confirmed a list of theaters that will be playing The Last Jedi in 70mm here.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro. The film is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives on December 15, 2017.
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