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Star Wars 8 Director Says Trailer May Be Too Spoilery For Some Fans

Rian Johnson has cautioned that the full-length trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi might be too spoilery for some fans' tastes. In just over two months, we will finally get to see the next installment in the mainline Star Wars film saga in full. However, Johnson seems to be indicating that tonight's trailer launch will offer more clues about the movie's narrative than some might like to know, ahead of time.

Continuing where J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens left off, The Last Jedi is expected to addresses at least some of the burning questions that fans were left with after watching Episode VII. We've already gotten a sneak peek of the trailer, showing Rey handing Luke his old lightsaber, ahead of tonight's big trailer drop, and even more brand-new footage from the film will be included in the trailer proper. However, as mentioned before, it seems like Johnson is a little bit worried that the trailer will inadvertently reveal some elements that fans would rather not experience ahead of seeing The Last Jedi for themselves... though he also says it's a great trailer, on its own terms.

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Taking it to his official Twitter account to answer a fan who was asking about his earlier comments on avoiding as much promotional material for The Last Jedi as possible, the director offered the following with respect to tonight's trailer debut:

I a legitimately torn. If you want to come in clean, absolutely avoid it.

But it’s gooooood..... https://t.co/Y29K5yz8i4

— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) October 8, 2017

Johnson later added the following clarification, for those concerned that The Last Jedi trailer will contain flat-out spoilers:

That wording is misleading - I said IF you want to come in totally 100% clean, avoid the trailer.

— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) October 9, 2017

It's been several months since The Last Jedi teaser premiered at the 2017 Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, so fans are naturally eager to see any fresh footage at all from the next Star Wars movie. In the meantime, Lucasfilm has been steadily releasing promotional images and details for the film, via densely-packed Vanity FairEmpire Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly cover stories. A behind-the-scenes/sizzle reel clip for The Last Jedi was also released back in July at the D23 Expo. At this point, it is really just our personal prerogative whether we want to watch the trailer and risk getting "spoiled" or not. It is important to note, however, that the definition of a spoiler varies from person to person - something Johnson's comment takes into account.

There are a lot of questions that need answering in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and the film is all the more intriguing now thanks to the teases about its "unexpected" twists and turns that the movie's cast and crew have offered. Obviously, The Last Jedi will have to leave some questions to be answered in full during 2019's trilogy capper, the yet-to-be-titled Star Wars: Episode IX. Still, one thing is for sure: we will finally learn why Luke Skywalker, the last of the Jedi, thinks the Jedi should end - a concept so controversial that even Luke himself, Mark Hamill has admitted he struggled with it.

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Source: Rian Johnson

Key Release Dates
  • 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
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