In January, Lucasfilm announced the official title for Star Wars: Episode VIII as The Last Jedi, and the fan community has been buzzing ever since. Viewers have spent the past few weeks trying to deduct its possible meanings, and even Daisy Ridley’s Murder on the Orient Express co-stars are attempting to crack the case. Disney has characteristically been quite secretive about the latest chapter in the Skywalker family saga, a marketing strategy that paid massive dividends with The Force Awakens in 2015.
The Last Jedi is widely considered the year’s most-anticipated movie, so Lucasfilm is really in no rush to start their promotional efforts en masse. However, there will eventually be official trailers for the film, and all signs are pointing to Star Wars Celebration in April being the site of the first preview’s premiere. Now, a new rumor has provided a roll call of who audiences can expect to see in the footage, whenever that day does come.
According to Star Wars News Net, the Resistance will be heavily featured in the teaser, as Luke Skywalker, General Leia Organa, Finn, and Rey are all in line to appear. There has been speculation of late that Luke would be absent from trailers again, as he was for Episode VII. Fortunately, SWNN is saying those reports are false, and the elder Jedi will be seen – and hopefully heard.
There are rumors that Luke will not be in the first #TheLastJedi teaser. We heard the contrary. Luke, Leia, Finn and Rey will be there...— SWNN (@StarWarsNewsNet) February 13, 2017
Though villain Kylo Ren is not mentioned in the potential lineup, it’s presumed he’ll show up at some point in the trailer as well. The Force Awakens seemed to hint at two parallel storylines involving both Kylo and Rey for The Last Jedi; as Rey learns the ways of the Force from Luke on Ahch-To, Kylo will be completing his training alongside Supreme Leader Snoke. Additionally, Lucasfilm recently indicated there is a “mysterious connection” between the two youngsters, so it would make sense if the teaser provided a few more tantalizing clues about that. Kylo was in a very interesting position at the end of Star Wars 7 – both physically and emotionally – so fans can’t wait to see him back on the screen in any capacity.
It will also be quite emotional for fans to see the late great Carrie Fisher as Leia during the teaser. The character is thought to have a larger role when compared to The Force Awakens, so it’s easy to see why Lucasfilm would want to emphasize her role so early in marketing. The Last Jedi, in addition to continuing the main narrative, is now positioned as a celebration of Fisher’s (and by extension, Leia’s) everlasting legacy in the franchise, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the General was heavily used in advertising over the course of the year. Leia’s future in the movies remains up in the air, but she should be a key part of Episode VIII, ideally receiving a proper and fitting sendoff.
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