To the delight of Star Wars fans globally a behind the scenes trailer for The Last Jedi was unveiled by director Rian Johnson at the D23 Disney event in Anaheim, California. The release is packed with footage from the upcoming installment that has been carefully crafted not to give too much away.
Rian Johnson was accompanied to the event by Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Gwendoline Christie (Captian Phasma) and new characters to the Star Wars Universe; Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico ~ Resistance) Laura Dern (Vice Admiral Holdo) and Benicio del Toro (DJ). Rian and the cast gave insights into their experiences during filming, including the fun they had in Ireland following their wrap party;
We had a really fantastic time, and the last night Rian and I jigged for about an hour ~ Daisy Ridley
New Characters In The Last Jedi
The Star Wars Panel showcased captivating footage from The Last Jedi and introduced new characters to the Star Wars Universe that includes; Benicio Del Toro as “DJ” and Kelly Marie Tran as “Rose Tico” a maintenance worker with the resistance who appears to be working alongside Finn, pictured above.
Behind the scenes footage brings the much missed Carrie Fisher to our screens in her role as legendary Princess and General Leia. A quote from the late Carrie Fisher which may be quite telling for the upcoming installment itself is;
It’s about family, and that’s what’s so powerful about it
Ahch-To Creatures ~ Friend Or Foe
The trailer introduces us to mysterious creatures set to feature in The Last Jedi, from fox like animals, see below, to the small but potentially deadly Porg. Porgs have been rumored to feature heavily on the Planet Ahch-To with Luke and Rey.
This unique little creature pictured below, looks like it may be an agile swimmer possibly connected with Reys scene diving into the water? Porgs have also been linked to the Convor a species described by Dave Filoni as
A messenger, it’s an observer, it is definitely something
Pablo Hidalgo says:
‘Given how rarely their island (on Planet Ahch-to) has visitors, their curiosity outweighs any skittishness they may have.’
Rey To Battle On Planet Ahch-To
In the behind the scenes footage below, a determined Rey is captured running to battle on Ahch-To. In this scene, Malin Head Ireland’s most northerly point acts as the dramatic backdrop to Rey rumored battle with Kylo Ren and the Knights of Ren.
Dramatic landscapes, explosions, new characters, costumes and mysterious creatures raise so many questions but what is crystal clear as aptly summed up by Mark Hamill;
This (The Last Jedi) is a game changer