There isn’t a new trailer for Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi, but a miniature documentary about BFI Film Academy trainees gives at least one glimpse of Rey swinging her lightsaber and Captain Phasma strutting around like a badass.

On Wednesday, the British Film Academy released a special mini-documentary showcasing the efforts of several very young film industry trainees, all given the opportunity to work behind-the-scenes on the new Star Wars films. These young Padawan learners probably have a bigger inside scoop on the new Star Wars movies — specifically The Last Jedi and the Han Solo movie — than anyone else in their age-range. Most of the trainees are between 19 and 20 years old, making them the film industry versions of Luke and Leia! The trainees all come from a variety of backgrounds, too, because as Lucasfilm rep Jason McGatlin says in the video, “Kathy [Kennedy] has always been a proponent of diversity.”

But what about that new footage? The best stuff is primarily a stunning behind-the-scenes shot of Daisy Ridley as Rey running on a beach while swinging her lightsaber. Unlike the effect in the final film, the lightsaber here is bright white, as the post-production special effect has yet to be added. The other new shots show Captain Phasma marching with her stormtroopers, revealing at least one green-screen set for the shot, seen in the trailer, when she and some stormtroopers march through flames.

New footage for The Last Jedi is expected to be screened at Disney’s D23 conference on July 15.

As seen in the new footage, here’s a GIF of Rey running, just to make your Friday more heroic.


The Last Jedi opens in theaters on December 15.