It’s now November and with it we can finally say that Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens next month (have you got your tickets yet? Right, stupid question). While we have been quietly pouring over the trailers and teasers that have been released to date, Lucasfilm oh so casually dropped a new TV spot during last night’s World Series game between the Dodgers and the Astros. And not to be outdone by any previous teasers, this one has fired up social media with fans excited over the opening scenes.
We already know that Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is back in a big way for the second film in the latest trilogy. Having spent a large part of The Force Awakens searching for him, we’ve seen plenty of footage of him training Rey (Daisy Ridley) on the aquatic planet Ahch-To. Now we have scenes of him coming home. Well as close to home as you can get in the Star Wars universe for our original heroes… the Millennium Falcon.
Although Han Solo’s famous starship features heavily in episodes IV through VII, this is the first time since The Empire Strikes Back that we see Luke aboard the Falcon and if that return doesn’t give you chills, I suggest an immediate rewatching of the series followed by the new trailer. Check it out below.
However, as to be expected from this film, the teaser shows the growing despair and darkness across the galaxy with the rise of The First Order. We see previews of several battles, glimpses of the villainous Snoke, a battle between Finn (John Boyega) and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), and what could possibly be one between Luke and Rey. Not only that, the teaser is contains some ominous lines, for example, “Darkness rises… and light to meet it,” but it’s Luke’s line to Rey (?) towards the end of the 45 second spot that provides a definite sense of foreboding: “This is not going to go the way that you think”. So many possibilities of what he’s referring to there.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi directed by Rian Johnson opens in theatres December 15.