New 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Trailer is Strong With the Dark Side

Monday, 09 October 2017 - 10:20PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Monday, 09 October 2017 - 10:20PM
New 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Trailer is Strong With the Dark Side
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Rey might be in more trouble than we thought.

Released during the halftime of an excruciatingly long football game, Disney and Lucasfilm have finally released an official full-length trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, two months before its December release. And fittingly for a movie that will likely be the Empire Strikes Back of the new trilogy in terms of tone, it's dark.

Mark Hamill returns as Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, who has some grave concerns about Rey's training. Meanwhile Kylo Ren, the First Order's most dangerous goth, is back with a harsh scar and a cool looking new TIE Silencer ship, and plenty more anger issues to top it all off. See the full trailer below:


While the teaser trailer featured only one ominous line from Luke Skywalker, this one includes many more. Rey's training seems to be going almost too well, as Luke makes it very clear that he's worried about how powerful the young Jedi is becoming, since the last time he had a pupil that powerful, they turned to the dark side and (assuming he's referring to the First Order's most dangerous goth) joined forces with Snoke instead.

So Luke is worried about a similar future for Rey, and the trailer is more than happy to push that idea even further. In the most shocking part, fittingly saved for the end, we not only see a golden-robed Snoke Force-torturing poor Rey, we then see her apparently joining forces with Kylo. Now, this could be interpreted several ways, as a trick on Rey's part, or as a sign that Kylo's getting some better emotional control and joining the light side, but the blaring, ominous music suggests that Luke may have been onto something.

While Rey, Kylo, and Luke get the most onscreen appearances here, everyone else gets at least a moment: Finn seems to be infiltrating the First Order and gets another showdown with Captain Phasma (played by Gwendoline Christie from Game of Thrones), while Poe Dameron gets to make a rousing speech, BB-8 gets electrocuted but seems okay, and Chewie befriends a tiny Porg creature.

General Leia (one of the final roles by the late, great Carrie Fisher) seems to have her own confrontation with her son Kylo, and the trailer suggests he might destroy her ship. Trailers tend to be untrustworthy about these sorts of twists, as anyone who thought Finn was a Jedi because of The Force Awakens marketing will tell you, but it's tense to be sure. New characters like Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) and those played by Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern don't show up here in any major capacity.

As a bonus, a new Last Jedi poster was also released over official Star Wars social media accounts. Like the trailer, it's scary and full of dark side colors, by which we mean shades of deep red:



Notably, Finn is smaller on the poster than in The Force Awakens press material, which saw him prominently holding Luke's lightsaber much of the time. Now that the twist is well known (spoilers - Rey is actually the Jedi), she gets the lightsaber for herself. Kylo gets the other side, while their mentor (at least, Kylo's former mentor) Luke gets the biggest spot of all, as the Last Jedi himself. 

General Leia gets a prominent spot in the center, as Fisher had filmed all her scenes before her passing, and while it's unclear what will happen to Leia in Episode IX, this will be one of Fisher's final projects, so the center of the poster seems like a more than appropriate spot.

This may be the last big trailer we see before the film comes out, so there's plenty of details here to carefully pore over until then.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out December 15, 2017.

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