A new fan poster for Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi has emerged online showing Rey (Daisy Ridley) becoming a Jedi warrior. Lucasfilm debuted the movie's first poster alongside its first Star Wars 8 teaser trailer at Star Wars Celebration earlier this year, and while people anxiously await the next round of promotional materials likely to released during either D23 Expo or San Diego Comic-Con (or both) next month, fans have already tried their hand at creating trailers and posters for the upcoming film.
Since J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens suffered from noticeable similarities to George Lucas' original Star Wars film, people have maintained reservations about Johnson doing something similar with The Last Jedi, in comparison to Irvin Kershner's The Empire Strikes Back, though that's something that Johnson has expressly refuted in past statements. At this stage, it's unclear how similar the movies will end up being, though one thing we can note for sure is that Rey will be undergoing Jedi training, just as Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) did in Empire.
The Last Jedi's first teaser trailer showcased some of that Jedi training occurring on Ahch-To, where Rey discovered Luke had been residing at the end of The Force Awakens. It seems all but certain that Rey is going to eventually become a Jedi warrior (though it's unclear if she'll truly become a Jedi Knight, judging by Luke's ominous statement about ending the Jedi). To highlight Rey's training, Deviant Art user tyler-wetta created a new fan poster (below) for the film, based off the character's poster from Star Wars: Battlefront II (above). Take a look:
This poster comes off the heels of several first looks and character reveals having debuted last month in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Lucas' original Star Wars film. Among the many details that had been revealed was that Anakin Skywalker's second lightsaber - which he had created during the Clone Wars, after losing his first lightsaber fighting Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) during the Battle of Geonosis in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones - had since been rebranded as Rey's lightsaber, at least in the eyes of Lucasfilm's marketing department.
Rey first came into contact with the lightsaber while on Takodana, after being drawn to it by the Force. Her brief interaction with the weapon triggered a Force vision, the details of which remain partially puzzling. Of course, towards the tail-end of The Force Awakens, Rey had used the lightsaber to fight and defeat Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in combat. Audiences can see Rey practicing with the lightsaber in Episode VIII's first trailer, and the above fan poster attempts to convey her mastering its use, though that's something we won't know for sure until The Last Jedi hits theaters later this year.
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019