The galaxy finally got its first peek at “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” on Friday and the trailer quickly climbed YouTube’s trending videos chart.
The trailer does not give much away about the film’s plot, but it appears as if Luke Skywalker is training a new Jedi knight in the film — possibly Rey from “The Force Awakens.”
Voiceovers by Mark Hamill — who plays Skywalker — and Daisy Ridley — who plays Rey — hint that she is learning more about the Force in the first part of the trailer.
The second part is all “Star Wars” goodness. We see our favorite droid and pilot, BB-8 and Poe Dameron, along with John Boyega’s character, Finn. There are also some amazing battle scenes that have us ready to join the Resistance.
Anticipation for the trailer was high. A fan-created one received millions of views earlier this year and, within 10 minutes of the real trailer’s release, more than 100,000 people had watched it on YouTube.
A poster for “The Last Jedi” was also released Friday. It features Skywalker, Rey and Adam Driver’s character, Kylo Ren.
Disney CEO Bob Iger said the latest “Star Wars” film was not altered following the death of Carrie Fischer, who played Princess Leia, one of the franchise’s most iconic characters.
The film will serve as the sequel to “The Force Awakens,” the movie that took the box office by storm in December 2015 and launched the “Star Wars” craze anew.
Disney — which owns the franchise — is planning to release a new movie each year for the foreseeable future.
The films will alternate between the traditional franchise (think the original “New Hope” or the later “Revenge of the Sith”) and will be somehow related to the Skywalkers. On the off years, Disney will release standalone movies related to the “Star Wars” universe, such as “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” or the upcoming as-of-yet-unnamed Han Solo film set for release in 2018.
“The Last Jedi” is scheduled to be released in December.
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