It’s not as if we needed any more tempting to have us storming cinemas next month to see the latest Star Wars installment, but just in case there was any doubt that you need to be in that first viewing come December 14 (in Australia) and December 15 (in the UK and US), the new teaser trailer released yesterday will quash them. Now let’s all follow Master Skywalker’s (Mark Hamill) instruction opening the teaser… “Breathe” and watch the latest offering, aptly named “Tempt”.
Well for 35-odd seconds, it certainly packs a lot in. We get glimpses of everyone we want to see – a commanding General Leia (Carrie Fisher), Finn (John Boyega) engaging Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) in battle, Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) witnessing an explosion (thankfully from the relative safety of his fighter), and Snoke (Andy Serkis) up to mischief. We also get another look at one of those crystal foxes – a vulptex. However, it’s the interactions between Luke, Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) that is the real driving force of this teaser and certainly ups the intensity and number of questions we have about the Rian Johnson directed episode.
Largely focused on Luke’s training of Rey on the island of Ahch-To, Rey begins to feel the pull of the dark side of the force, declaring to Luke that “it’s calling me” before pulling off an impressive display of her force-ability. With the dark side and Kylo Ren seducing the young apprentice, and Luke’s torment at having already lost Ben Solo to the dark side, just how this will play out and the effect it will have on the galaxy is anyone’s guess. Luckily for us, we don’t have long to wait to find out.