Lucasfilm has finally released the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and included many new talking points in the footage, including a brand new planet called Crait. With this being the second installment in the newest Star Wars trilogy, The Last Jedi will have the ability to reuse many elements that were previously introduced in The Force Awakens. While the core cast of characters will all be back, there will be never-before-seen environments featured in the film too.
Whereas The Force Awakens made Jakku, Starkiller Base, D’Qar, and Takodana important locations for the plot, it is unclear how many of these planets will be return in the sequel (though of course, Starkiller Base no longer exists, so we can count that one out). Ahch-To appears to be a prominent local in The Last Jedi, but it will not be the only one. As it turns out the new planet of Crait will be integral to the plot.
Director Rian Johnson confirmed to EW that Crait is one of the new planets glimpsed in The Last Jedi trailer, specifically the one with a white surface. So what makes Crait different or unique? “It’s way out there. It’s uncharted. It’s a mineral planet and so there are mines on it,” according to Johnson. The filmmaker also says that Crait “ends up playing a key role in the movie” and was once the location of a Rebel Alliance base that has since been abandoned.
The only shot of Crait in the trailer comes when new land speeders are racing towards a pack of AT-ATs (or the new AT-4Xs) and scrape the surface of Crait to unearth a trailer of red dust behind them. Johnson says that the Resistance pilots arrive just in time for the ensuing battle he described as “very pressing and immediate.” Why the Resistance and First Order collide here of all places is not specified officially, but it may have something to do with the minerals the planet inhabits.
Even though only a brief tease of this ensuing battle was shown, previous reports have hinted at what makes Crait important in The Last Jedi. Reportedly, the mineral Crait houses is being used to help fund the Resistance. It is also said that these same minerals are the new walkers’ kryptonite in a way, which could explain why the speeders are striking the ground. It would not be a wise battle strategy to have bright red dust follow your vehicles, but if this same dust could retroactively harm their enemies, it may be a risk worth taking. After all, it sounds as though Crait is rather important for the Resistance to keep hold of, so maybe the organization will have a few other tricks up its sleeves.