Geekery: The Last Jedi Trailer has Arrived

Stop what you’re doing and watch this right now.

It’s been a few months since the name of the movie was released. This morning Star Wars Celebration delivered the first look at the next installment of Rey’s story…

There is a ton to digest there – new worlds, new speeders, a giant space battle, and some big hints about Rey’s abilities. Luke’s ominous last line confirms some suspicions, but creates a lot of questions. What does that mean for the franchise that’s focused its plots around the battle between the great evil of the Sith and the hope of the Jedi?

It looks like Rian Johnson – like Gareth Edwards – has really stepped up to the challenge of making a grand scale Star Wars movie. It’s certainly very pretty. David Lean and Freddie Young‘s influence on the look of the franchise is still evident 8 movies later.

This trailer is filled with action and spectacular wide shots that LucasArts has become adept at creating. And there’s a reason for that – they’ve used IMAX cameras for on location shoots on both Episode VII and VIII. They used Ultra Panavision 70 lenses with Arri Alexa 65 cameras on Rogue One to accomplish the same sort of feeling. 

They also released a new poster…

Ok – what are your thoughts on this first look? Excited? Meh?

UPDATE: Watch the full Last Jedi panel from Star Wars Celebration here…

  • Defenestratus

    Man that trailer was like a prelude to a funeral.

    Hype train has not yet left the station.

  • Shinnentai

    Hrm – I’m a big Star Wars fan, but not too excited after watching this.

    All Force Awakens had to do was be better than the prequals. This is following the superb Rogue One, so it’ll be easy to disappoint in comparison.

  • Well, I’m excited, since the only real takeaway from the prequels was that the Jedi and sith both needed to be destroyed for there to be balance, Luke finally getting that is awesome. Maybe he’ll train Rey as a grey Jedi and she’ll get to have force lightning

    • Drpx

      Grey Jedi are no longer canon.

      -Disney.

      • Will Evans

        Until they decide to bring it back in. Just like Thrawn was no longer canon, up until Disney re-introduced him.

      • Xodis

        Depends if you mean Grey Jedi as in a group or Grey Jedi as in a philosophy, because the philosophy is definitely canon as seen from Qui Gon, Ashoka, and other characters throughout the Clone Wars/Rebels.

      • Just because they got delteted doesn’t mean they can’t come back, just look at Thrawn

    • Ghaniman

      Star Wars is going Bendu.

    • I think you have some good thoughts in there. Balance is in the Bendu. And if that guy wasn’t a grey Jedi or something very similar, I don’t know what would be.
      Palpatine was right maybe after all, just didn’t realize his own words: “if one is to understand “the great mystery” one must study all it’s aspects, not just the dogmatic narrow view of the Jedi”

  • BloodAngel

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE be better than that first one…

  • Drpx

    Looking forward to this. Empire Strikes Back was the best of the original trilogy imo.

    • Guillermo Cordido

      to me the return of the jedi.

  • Parthis

    Meh.

  • Huntard

    Thinking about Rogue One, TFA and watching this has made me realize something in stark relief:

    ‘Twilight of the Apprentice’ the season finale for Rebels season 2 might be the best piece of cinematic media for Star Wars in over 34 years and is likely to remain as such for a while longer.

  • Sonic tooth

    I’m sure I’ll prob go to it but I have no interest in this abomination of a franchise. Should have left original characters alone. Bad enough kill ing han but Luke should be off limits.

    • Burnt Angel

      I think there may be a contradiction in that statement 😉

      • Sonic tooth

        ha yeah but my best friend is a star wars freak (even tho he hated force awakens) and my daughter will probably want to see it so ill more then likely end up going

  • euansmith