The first trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is finally upon us, and it’s safe to say it did not disappoint. As we hear Luke Skywalker tell Rey to “Breathe … just breathe,” we pick up shortly after “The Force Awakens” left off, with the two of them on the desolate island where Rey is undergoing her Jedi training. From here, we see new footage and hear familiar voices as the trailer contains callbacks not only to it predecessor, but to the second film form the original trilogy, “Empire Strikes Back.”
With so much information to digest and visuals to take in, you may have missed an important moment, or a crucial detail. But don’t worry — we’ve got you covered with a full breakdown of “The Last Jedi” trailer.
Rey’s Jedi Training
It’s safe to assume Luke will train Rey in her use of the Force, especially considering every scene featuring her in the teaser finds the aspiring Jedi on Luke’s island. As Yoda trained Luke in “Empire Strikes Back,” now Luke must educate his new Padawan on the Light and Dark sides of the Force. It raises the question of whether Rey will complete her Jedi training by the time the film ends, or whether she’ll rush off to save her friends in a similar fashion to Luke, when he cut his time with Yoda short. And if Rey does leave, will she suffer the same fate as Luke when he discovered Darth Vader was his father while losing an appendage?
Rey’s Jedi Power At Work
When Luke was on Dagobah, undergoing his training with Yoda, the diminutive Jedi Master made him use the Force to levitate his supplies and surroundings. It appears Luke is passing a similar lesson on, as we see Rey using the Force to raise pebbles off the ground while we hear Luke’s voiceover imploring her to “reach out.” Luke may be taking it easy on Rey, however; the scene shows her lifting rocks and pebbles instead of the boulders Yoda forced on him in “Empires Strikes Back.”
General Leia Organa Studying Star Map
Carrie Fisher sadly passed away at the end of 2016, leaving some to wonder what would happen with her role as General Organa in “The Last Jedi.” Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that Fisher’s death will not affect the story, which is confirmed by a quick scene (though not with her facing the camera!) of Leia studying a star map, appearing as regal as ever. Director Rian Johnson shared some additional behind-the-scenes photos of Fisher with co-stars John Boyega and Oscar Isaac during “The Last Jedi Panel” at Star Wars Celebration Friday morning, further indicating the film will include plenty of scenes of everyone’s favorite princess.
Kylo Ren’s Crushed Helmet
Kylo Ren is something of a souvenir collector, as we learned when we first saw him speaking to his late grandfather’s helmet in “The Force Awakens.” Kylo may be on the lookout for a new helmet after suffering a facial scar in his lightsaber battle against Rey and Finn. In this trailer, his old helmet lays smashed and smoldering on the floor, perhaps signaling Kylo will go helmet-less from here on out.
“Light … Darkness”
The trailer begins with Luke telling Rey to “reach out” with the Force before asking her, what does she see? “Light… darkness,” Rey replies. “The balance…” she continues, with Luke finishing with, “is so much bigger.” There is some imagery at play as the words are spoken; Leia appears on screen when Rey says “light,” and Kylo Ren’s destroyed helmet when she says “darkness,” representing the Force’s good and bad sides. Underneath all of this, if you turn your volume all the way up, you can hear whispers of dialogue from previous “Star Wars” films, including audio of Princess Leia, Darth Vader’s heavy breathing, the Emperor and Yoda.
Here, we see an unknown person looking over a scroll that focuses on a specific piece of artwork namely, the Jedi “star” symbol. Is Luke presenting this artifact to Rey as part of her studies? Or is this from a flashback from when Luke taught at his Jedi Academy? That is, before it was destroyed by Kylo Ren’s Knights of the First Order.
Resistance Speeders on Planet Crait
Similar to the scene of Resistance fighter ships skimming the waters of Takodana in the first trailer for “The Force Awakens,” here we find Resistance fighters skimming the planet of Crait. “It’s way out there. It’s uncharted,” director Rian Johnson said of the new Star Wars locale. “It’s a mineral planet, and so there are mines on it.” The filmmaker was also keen to highlight Crait’s “beautiful design elements,” although whether he’s referring to the shot of the speeders kicking up clouds of red dust or the planet’s architecture is as yet unclear. Perhaps most crucially of all, Johnson stated there’s “an old Rebel base [on Crait] that’s now abandoned… it ends up playing a key role in the movie.” Exactly what that role might be remains to be seen.
Finn Recovering From Wounds
Finn suffered an injury to his back when Kylo Ren cut him down in the final moments of “The Force Awakens,” and we’ve yet to learn how serious a cut Finn took. Here, we see him in a containment pod, measuring his status. The “Star Wars” universe has quick-healing systems in place, as we’ve seen with the Bacta tanks used to help Luke recover from hypothermia in “Empire Strikes Back.” Hopefully Finn will be back to normal, ready to once more join with the Resistance by the time things kick off in “The Last Jedi.”
Poe Dameron And BB-8 Are Back!
Everyone’s favorite Resistance pilot and droid team, Poe Dameron and BB-8 are back and on the run! As the trailer plays, we see the two racing towards am X-Wing while the Resistance base is under attack. Unfortunately, they don’t make it to the ship in time, and it explodes… along with the rest of their surroundings.
Millennium Falcon Engaged In Air Combat With Tie-Fighters
As we know, Rey came into possession of the Millenium Falcon following the death of Han Solo in “The Force Awakens.” In the ship, she journeys with co-pilot Chewbacca and R2-D2 in search of Luke Skywalker. If she’s on the island with Luke for the majority of the film, then how is the ship going to engage in a dogfight with a group of tie-fighters? Either something bad happens to the Resistance, forcing her to join the fight, or Chewie’s taken control of his late partner and best friend’s ship in order to do his part against the Empire.
Kylo Ren Has A Scar
Clean-shaven Kylo Ren received a nasty scar while fighting Rey and Finn in “The Force Awakens.” Instead of covering his face out of embarrassment, he shows off his new scar in the trailer while wielding his crimson-red lightsaber. But who is he locked in battle with? Rey, Uncle Luke, Poe Dameron – the possibilities are broad, with the only thing we know for sure is that it’s not a flashback, hence it’s not a scene from his attack on the Jedi Academy.
Flashback To Jedi Academy Being Destroyed By First Order
In “The Force Awakens,” we caught a quick glimpse of Luke and R2-D2 as something burned in the background. The clues led audiences to believe he was watching his Jedi Academy be attacked by Kylo Ren’s Knights of Ren and the First Order, and now “The Last Jedi” may give us a complete picture of this betrayal. In the new trailer, we see Luke and R2 from a new angle, and moments later, First Order soldiers, led by Kylo Ren, are seen stomping through a large fire, guns at the ready.
“It’s Time For The Jedi…To End”
One of the last images and voices we hear is Luke Skywalker as he stands wearily at the entrance to a cave, looking back at someone (most likely Rey) and saying, “It’s time for the Jedi…to end.” Is he feeling like giving up after the loss of his Jedi Academy and the thought of having to take down his nephew? Or has he turned to the Dark Side, following in his father’s footsteps as a Sith Lord?
Or, is it even Luke’s voice? There’s already speculation online as to whether this is really Luke speaking, or if it’s Kylo Ren. If it’s Kylo, then the phrase takes on a whole new meaning, indicating a possible showdown between uncle and nephew, perhaps mirroring Luke’s famous battle with Vader in “Empire Strikes Back.”
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” features returning cast members Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Anthony Daniels as C-3P), Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma and Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, joined by franchise newcomers Kelly Marie Tran as Rose, and Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern in undisclosed roles.