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New Trailer drops for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Yesterday evening, during halftime of Monday Night Football, a brand new Trailer dropped for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Episode VIII in the Saga, this film builds upon the massive and record breaking success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Remember, that movie is the biggest one of all time, at least domestically at the box office. Could The Last Jedi be even bigger? Believe it or not, there’s a good chance that that’s the case. You can see the new Trailer at the bottom of this post, but before that…it’s time to discuss what next is going down a long time ago in a galaxy far far away.

Once again for those living under a rock where this franchise isn’t a part of pop culture, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the next installment in the main portion of the Star Wars Saga. It will detail what happens after Rey (Daisy Ridley) encounters Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), now living in exile. 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, all of whom are under the rule of Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis). Clearly, war will ensue, in the stars, no less. 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 here, while Steve Yedlin will handle the cinematography.

Judging by the Trailer, this does seem very much like The Empire Strikes Back, much like The Force Awakens had more than a touch of A New Hope in it. There’s also the requisite cute new toy push, what with these Porgs. Aside from that, it looks dark and kind of fantastic. This could be something special. In Johnson’s hands, we might get elevated material, which is saying something. Believe it or not, a Best Picture nomination wouldn’t be impossible if that’s the case. There’s also the little matter of this being Fisher’s goodbye, though that goes beyond awards. Tears will be shed.

Could we see Star Wars: The Last Jedi emerge as a true Oscar player? Disney will undoubtedly launch a major campaign, centered around 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 Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup & Hairstyling, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Original Score, and Best Visual Effects. Of course, it’ll be a technical player at the Academy Awards, but those major categories will be what you’ll want to watch out for. If it can crack those lineups, that would be something indeed.

You’ll be able to see the new Trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi momentarily, though the full film won’t be out until mid December. The wait seems unbearable, considering how great this looks. Johnson appears to have knocked it out of the park. The next few months will see a deluge of material on this latest episode in the Saga, but I’m more than sold already. When you check out this Trailer, you’ll understand why. Give it a look and sit tight for lots more. Star Wars fever will be caught before long all around the world. Sign me up in a big way. December can’t come soon enough…

Here now is the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer:

Stay tuned for much more on Star War: The Last Jedi between now and its December 15th 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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