It’s been two long years since The Force Awakens arrived in theaters, captivating longtime Star Wars fans and introducing a new generation to the sci-fi epic. Now, the highly anticipated eighth chapter of the saga looms, and with it comes an array of intriguing new characters, fantastical creatures and, of course, fascinating locales. With that in mind, let’s explore the planets, cities and other locations we’ll see in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
A lush forest planet located in the Ileenium system of the Outer Rim Territories, D'Qar was introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the headquarters of the Resistance. However, while D’Qar appears again in The Last Jedi, it likely won’t be shown for long because, as we know, the Resistance will eventually relocate to Crait.
Leia Organa founded the Resistance to oppose the growing threat of the First Order, and chose D'Qar as the headquarters of the military force because of the planet's remote location. With much of the complex hidden underground and the rest concealed by the planet’s thick foliage, the Resistance was able to evade most air and ground sensors, avoiding detection until the after the destruction of the First Order's Starkiller Base.
After evacuating D’Qar, the Resistance heads to the small mineral planet of Crait, whose crimson-red soil is masked by a thick crust of white salt. Once home to a small Rebel outpost, Crait is now considered uninhabited, aside from the fox-like Vulptices that live within the planet's many tunnels.
Our first look at Crait came in the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, where we saw speeders flying in formation and ripping up chunks of the terrain, leaving scarlet trails of ash in their wake. According to director Rian Johnson, Crait “ends up playing a key role in the movie,” and although The Last Jedi is the first film to feature the new planet, it already holds a great deal of significance for Leia.
The aforementioned Rebel outpost was established in the early days of the Galactic Empire by a loose network of cells that was led in secret by Leia’s father, Senator Bail Organa. When those Rebels attacked the Imperial-led Calderos Station, Leia traveled to Crait to learn who was behind the assault. Instead, she discovered her father was organizing a rebellion against the Empire. The outpost was abandoned just before the start of the Galactic Civil War, but in The Last Jedi, it will not only become a temporary haven for the Resistance but also the site of a massive battle with the First Order.