The Jedi may soon face their end...if Luke Skywalker gets his way.
The first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was revealed earlier today at the Star Wars Celebration convention in Orlando, Florida, giving Star Wars fans their first taste of the upcoming Episode VIII directed by Rian Johnson.
The two minute teaser opens on the oceanic planet Ahch-To, last seen at the very end of the previous film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We see Rey (Daisy Ridley) gasping for air, presumably during part of her training in the Force by Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) as teased in 2015.
"Breathe..." says Luke calmly, "...just breathe. Now, reach out..."
We see Rey raising pebbles into the air as Luke asks, "What do you see?"
"Light..." replies Rey as we glimpse General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) from behind in the command center of the Resistance base.
"Darkness..." continues Rey as we see the smoldering remains of Kylo Ren's helmet, which appears to have been crushed.
"A balance..." Rey remarks as we see a bookshelf and a page from one of the books that contains some sort of lightsaber icon.
Next, we see a faraway shot of Luke instructing Rey in the use of her lightsaber as he says "It's so much bigger," presumably referring to the power of the Force.
We then see a several fighters streaking across a field towards a line of First Order Walkers. They’re dragging something on the ground, sending up a plume of red dust or smoke. As we watch, one hits the ground and bounces up.
Finn (John Boyega) turns up next in some sort of stasis pod, still recovering from his injuries at the hands of Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens. This is followed by a quick shot of Resistance pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and his droid BB-8 racing towards Poe's X-Wing as the Resistance base appears to be under attack.
More fleeting images follow, including the Millennium Falcon destroying a TIE fighter and Rey racing towards something with her lightsaber activated.
"I only know one truth..." Luke begins as Kylo Ren/Ben Solo (Adam Driver) is shown with his cross-hilt lightsaber, sporting a nasty scar across his face from where Rey sliced him in The Force Awakens.
We glimpse Luke and R2-D2 (Jimmy Vee) looking over some burning ruins, similar the flashback scene teased in The Force Awakens where Luke places his metal hand on R2. Quick images follow, including Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and some First Order stormtroopers, along with an intense battle between Resistance ships and TIE fighters.
"...it's time for the Jedi to end," finishes Luke ominously as his shadowy outline can be seen at the entrance of a cave on Ahch-To, and a dark, dramatic version of the Star Wars theme ends the teaser.
If you'd like to view the teaser trailer, you can check it out below thanks to the official Star Wars account on YouTube...
In addition, the first teaser poster for The Last Jedi was also released...
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 15, 2017.