LOS ANGELES: Disney premiered the highly-anticipated first trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at a fan event in Florida on Friday, sending the internet into a frenzy of excitement.
The footage was shown at the “Star Wars Celebration” gathering in Orlando, Florida, during a panel on the eighth installment in the blockbuster space opera, due for release on December 15.
The 132-second clip teases Luke Skywalker’s first meeting with Rey, as he teaches her the ways of the Force, opening with the young apprentice played by Daisy Ridley on the island where fans saw her encounter Luke at the end of “The Force Awakens.”
“Breathe, just breathe. Now, reach out. What do you see?” says a mysterious male voice.
“Light. Darkness. And balance,” Rey replies.
“It’s so much bigger,” the voice says.
“I only know one truth. It’s time for the Jedi – to end,” says the voice, which seems likely to be Luke.
Although Disney has been teasing snippets of footage, it is the first fully-formed trailer for “The Last Jedi” and it had more than 400,000 views within half an hour of being posted online, with #TheLastJedi quickly becoming the top trending hashtag worldwide on Twitter.
Directed by Rian Johnson (“Looper,” “Brick”), “The Last Jedi” sees the return of the new characters introduced in 2015’s seventh installment including Rey, Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega) and a few members of the original crew, including Luke (Mark Hamill).
The Florida panel unveiled a new star, Kelly Marie Tran, who plays Rose, a maintenance worker who is part of the resistance.
“I can’t wait for you to meet her,” Tran said.
The film also stars Carrie Fisher as Leia. Fisher died in December but had wrapped shooting “The Last Jedi” before her death. She is seen briefly from behind in the trailer. --AFP