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“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” unveils a Teaser Trailer

Late last week, during Star Wars Celebration, the expected happened. LucasFilm and Disney dropped a Teaser Trailer for Episode VIII in the Star Wars saga. Yes, we’ve now seen footage from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. At the end of this piece, if you haven’t yet, you’ll be able to see it as well. It won’t spoil much, if anything, but it will whet your appetite for more warring in the stars. This should easily be 2017’s biggest new release, and it actually could be one of the biggest ever. More on that later, and you can see the Teaser Trailer at the end of this article, but for the moment, let us talk some new Star Wars, shall we?

For those living under a rock, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the next installment in the main portion of the Star Wars franchise. It will detail what happens after Rey (Daisy Ridley) encounters Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). Obviously, the Resistance, led by General Leia (Carrie Fisher) is still fighting the First Order, so the former will have Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac) part of the effort taking on Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), Captain Phasma (Gwendolyn Christie), and company, under the rule of Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis). Obviously, war will ensue. Rian Johnson writes and directs this episode, with other cast members including Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, Warwick Davis, Billie Lourd, Lupita Nyong’o, Kelly Marie Tran, and many more. John Williams once again provides the score, while Steve Yedlin will handle the cinematography.

As you’ll see below, this Teaser Trailer basically confirmed that we’ll be picking up where Star Wars: The Force Awakens left off. This will be the first Star Wars film to do that, give or take how you want to consider the relationship that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope now have with each other. Essentially, this Teaser Trailer establishes that The Last Jedi will give us more Luke Skywalker this time, along with the trademark adventure we’ve come to know and love. Assuming that’s true, expect box office records to potentially fall. Can this do better than The Force Awakens? The possibility is certainly there!

Awards wise, there’s a quiet expectation that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be a bigger Oscar player than Star Wars: The Force Awakens was, which is still no slouch itself. That one scored five nominations (Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Original Score, and Best Visual Effects), whereas for comparison, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story only got two (Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects). Look for this one to try to get even higher, with a likely campaign in Best Picture, Best Director (for Johnson), Best Actress (for Ridley), Best Supporting Actor (for Hamill), Best Supporting Actress (for Fisher), Best Adapted Screenplay (also for Johnson), Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup & Hairstyling, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Original Score, and Best Visual Effects. It all remains to be seen, obviously.

We still have plenty of time until December when it comes out, but Star Wars: The Last Jedi sure seems poised to be a smash. Whether it becomes the biggest film of all time is something we’ll find out then, but it could very well become just that. We’ll chew on it all in the months to come, but start now with this Teaser Trailer. Sit tight for lots more on The Last Jedi right up until it hits this winter. In the meantime, enjoy your first true look at it and start counting the days until December 15th. It can’t get here soon enough…

Here now is the Teaser Trailer to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, so whet your appetite. Behold:

Stay tuned for plenty more on Star Wars: The Last Jedi between now and its December release date!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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