May the Force be with you. The first official footage for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” the eighth film in the massively successful and iconic sci-fi series, premiered today during a panel for the film at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando. Without further ado, check it out below:
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, director Rian Johnson and cast members Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, John Boyega and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran were on hand to show the footage.
Johnson and company have taken advice out of J.J. Abrams’ “The Force Awakens” playbook so far, by divulging next to nothing about the film until today. However, in March, Disney CEO Bob Iger teased some of the first details of the film at the Scale: The Future of Tech and Entertainment conference.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, on the subject of “The Last Jedi” and whether star Carrie Fisher’s recent death would change the course of the film, Iger replied:
When we bought Lucasfilm, we were going to make three films — Episodes VII, VIII and IX. We had to deal with tragedy at the end of 2016. Carrie appears throughout VIII. We are not changing VIII to deal with her passing. Her performance remains as it is in VIII. In Rogue One, we had some digital character. We are not doing that with Carrie.
He also teased that Disney is looking at what could be “another decade-and-a-half of Star Wars stories,” but further details weren’t given.
The film has a massive cast that also includes Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro and more.
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” hits theaters Dec. 15.