Lucasfilm just released a teaser trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” the eighth episode of the famous movie franchise. A “Star Wars Celebration” panel was also held this Friday, in which director and actors discussed the upcoming film.
Josh Gad hosted the event, and it was opened by director Rian Johnson and Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy. They were later joined by Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Kelly Marie Tran, and even the little droid BB-8 showed up.
Johnson, who spent four hours the night before signing autographs to fans, explained that the movie is still in post-production. Kennedy complimented the director, saying that he writes fierce and independent women, and she praised his sense of humor.
‘Star Wars Celebration’ panel left fans with more questions than answers
Johnson shared photos from behind the scenes, including photos from Carrie Fisher and daughter Billie Lourd, with the audience. Ridley talked about what may be in store for her character, Rey.
“We go deeper into Rey’s story,” said Ridley, according to Variety. “And what is very apparent from where we left off in ‘The Force Awakens’ and begin in ‘The Last Jedi’, is that Rey has a certain expectation of Luke. And as a lot of people know, it’s difficult when you meet your heroes because they might not be what you expect.”
In the teaser trailer released Friday, we can even see Luke saying that it’s time for the Jedi to end, and we can conclude that there will be a struggle between the two characters. John Boyega confirmed that Finn would appear in “The Last Jedi,” despite the back injury. Boyega said that Finn is recovering from his injuries and that he won’t be playing this time. The actor also confirmed that Finn and Poe (Oscar Isaac) would meet again. BB-8 will also appear in the movie, as fans and makers of the film can’t get enough of him.
“You can’t have enough BB8,” said Johnson. “He’s the Buster Keaton of this movie.”
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ hits theaters on December 15
Kelly Marie Tran is debuting in the franchise, and she told the audience that her character’s name is Rose and that she’s part of the Resistance. The director also added that Tran’s role is the most important out of all the new characters.
Hamill admitted that Luke’s backstory, the explanation for why he’s on a planet by himself, has not been entirely explained. He told the audience that he had to fill his backstory and simply added that there’s a lot unsaid about where Luke has been and what he’s done.
People in the audience at the panel also received copies of the movie’s poster, in which Rey is seen striking the pose that Luke did for the original trilogy, with the lightsaber pointed at the sky.
The teaser trailer has received more than 6 million views in its first five hours online, as the movie is one of the most expected for 2017. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is scheduled to release on December 15.