It's rare for the director of a major Hollywood blockbuster to tell fans to avoid the trailer for his/her latest franchise film. However, Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has advised fans to steer clear of tonight's impending trailer for the upcoming eighth chapter in the Star Wars saga -- specifically those who are sensitive to spoilers.
On Twitter, a fan asked Johnson if his earlier sentiments about avoiding "everything until TLJ comes out" included the new trailer. To his credit, the director was quite frank with the fan, stating that they should avoid it if they want to come into the film completely clean, although he did end his tweet on a tantalizing note.
The new trailer, which is set to premiere tonight on ESPN during Monday Night Football, will reportedly be followed by tickets for The Last Jedi going on sale. AMC and Regal Cinemas have apparently already prepared their systems for ticket purchases, and although this hasn’t been confirmed by Disney or Lucasfilm, it wouldn’t be the first time a Star Wars trailer debuted during Monday Night Football followed by the launch of ticket sales: A trailer for The Force Awakens aired in 2015 during a game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles. Tickets went on sale immediately afterward, resulting in AMC selling out 1,000 screenings nationwide in the next 12 hours. Likewise, movie ticketing website Fandango reported a 700 percent surge in its typical peak traffic levels, and 95 percent of the tickets sold on MovieTickets.com in the 24 hours following the release of the trailer were for The Force Awakens. That caused several movie ticketing sites to experience delays and outages, so fans looking to score tickets for The Last Jedi should plan accordingly.
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-3PO, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma and Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, joined by franchise newcomers Kelly Marie Tran as Rose, Benicio del Toro as “DJ” and Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo. The film arrives Dec. 15.