The first preview for Star Wars: The Last Jedi that will premiere at this week's Star Wars Celebration will lean more towards being a full trailer for the film than a smaller teaser. With Rogue One now in the rearview mirror, fans are becoming all the more desperate for any kind of information about Rian Johnson's Episode VIII. As the eighth chapter in the Skywalker family saga, the movie has been subject to a bevy of speculation and theories, and many cannot wait for December to roll around so their questions can be answered. Lately, the rumor mill has provided details on Benicio del Toro's mystery character and Supreme Leader Snoke.
While there are still eight months to go until The Last Jedi opens in theaters, viewers are about to get a brief taste of what to expect at Star Wars Celebration. Much like The Force Awakens back in 2015, the convention will be the site of a new trailer unveiling, showing off footage for moviegoers around the globe to analyze and dissect. There has been some question as to how long this trailer will be, considering it is the first one for Star Wars 8. As it turns out, it's going to be a little more than just a snippet.
According to Star Wars News Net, the Celebration trailer has what they call a "full trailer feel" and isn't "just a brief teaser." Specifics beyond that are not mentioned, but several will be encouraged by this development. Lucasfilm has kept an ironclad lock on any official reveals up to this point, so it arguably would have been disappointing if the trailer was simply a short "roll call" of the main characters - similar to the announcement trailer for Episode VII. Disney recently showcased a sizzle reel at an investors' meeting, which perhaps could serve as a template of what the general public will see on Friday.
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It's worth noting that the actual length of the preview is unknown, so it's difficult to say what "full trailer feel" means exactly. Going by the textbook definition, it wouldn't be surprising if some basic plot beats were introduced, setting up the film's main conflicts. After Luke Skywalker was absent from all the Force Awakens materials, the studio will want to place the grizzled Jedi front and center this time around and tease his expanded role. However, with so much time until the Star Wars 8 premiere, Lucasfilm isn't going to provide fans with an overly comprehensive look at the movie. They have become known for crafting great trailers that do just enough to excite audiences without relying on spoilers. The Last Jedi is already a guaranteed box office smash, so theatrical previews are strictly a formality - much to Adam Driver's chagrin.
From the sound of things, the promotional approach to Episode VIII is going to be slightly different from its predecessor, which makes sense. The world of the sequel trilogy has been established and viewers know who all the main players are, meaning key aspects like Rey's Force prowess and Kylo Ren's lineage no longer have to be kept secret. It will be interesting to see what Lucasfilm chooses to share at Celebration, but regardless of what's included in the trailer, fans will be in for quite a treat.
Source: Star Wars News NetKey Release Dates
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
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