Five things we learned from the new Star Wars trailer

The teaser trailer for The Last Jedi sent shockwaves through the fan world. Here’s what we learned.

April 16, 2017

The mood
The sinister trailer is basically one big ‘uh-oh’ coupled with a dramatic doom-laden sweep of orchestral strings. Like the gloomy The Empire Strikes Back that followed the happy-go-lucky Star Wars in 1980, this new trailer for The Last Jedi suggests it’s going to be a much darker movie than 2015’s The Force Awakens. Even the font at the end of the trailer displaying the movie’s title is in the kind of red that usually signifies a warning on a traffic signal. Things are not looking rosy for the good guys. 

Luke Skywalker – finally
The Force Awakens promised storylines involving a tired, old, grizzled Luke Skywalker, but the iconic character only flashed up for a few seconds at the climax and didn’t say a word – admittedly a wonderful Star Wars moment, but not what fans had been hoping for. In The Last Jedi, however, Luke (Mark Hamill) appears to be taking centre stage as Rey’s teacher. 

The big line of dialogue
While it’s not going to topple Darth Vader’s “I am your father” in the league table of epic Star Wars lines, “I only know one truth, it’s time for the Jedi to end” is right up there with the best. But the truly shocking thing about the line is that it’s said by Luke Skywalker, the Jedi master. This is on a par with the most loyal Arsenal supporter saying they want Wenger out. Is Luke’s stance a result of the demoralising defection of Kylo Ren to the dark side? Could Luke be turning to the dark side? Or is he just fed up and keen to retire to Tatooine?

Rey goes to school
A great swooping shot taken from a helicopter shows Rey (Daisy Ridley) doing some hardcore light sabre training on a cliff edge, watched by a robed figure we’re presuming is Luke Skywalker. It all feels a bit Daniel and Mr Miyagi from Karate Kid – and there’s nothing wrong with that. Rey and Luke feature on the poster and it’s clear their relationship will be the driving force of the movie.

Returning characters
BB-8 rolls back into the new movie, as does his pal Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). Finn (John Boyega) is shown in some sort of cryo sleep chamber, and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is causing trouble again. The Millennium Falcon is still taking hits to its deflector shield – but sadly there are no shots of its pilot Chewbacca. Most poignantly of all is a brief clip of Princess Leia, played by the late Carrie Fisher who died in late 2016. Here’s hoping The Last Jedi will be a fitting farewell to the actress. 

The Last Jedi arrives in GCC cinemas on December 14.