What the FORCE was that! After months of waiting for a second trailer, the newest footage from Star Wars: The Last Jedi finally dropped on Monday. And it usurps two huge assumptions everyone had about the film. Infamously, the film’s director — Rian Johnson — suggested fans shouldn’t watch this trailer if they wanted to come into the movie “clean.” Now we know why. Watching this trailer feels like a giant spoiler for the movie.
The big news in this trailer isn’t that we see Snoke in the flesh, or that Luke and Leia both look awesome, or even that Luke does seem to accept the lightsaber that Rey offered to him at the end of The Force Awakens. All of those things happen, but the best stuff in the trailer isn’t about minor predictions and details. Instead, the new footage totally flips all our assumptions about what this movie is even going to be about on two fronts.
First, we thought Luke Skywalker was going to begrudgingly train Rey to become a Jedi. Based on this trailer and Luke’s fear of Rey, that seems to be off the table. Luke is straight-up done with Rey, and afraid of her to a point that feels new in Star Wars. Yoda once told Luke he would be afraid, and it looks like Luke finally is. But, we could have never predicted he’d be afraid of someone as likable and heroic as Rey.
Which leads to the second big twist in the trailer. Instead of Rey fighting Kylo Ren, it looks like the two of them are going to form some kind of alliance! Obviously, the trailer could be cleverly cutting together scenes from the movie to make us think that, but when it clearly ends with Kylo Ren offering his hand to Rey, it’s impossible to have any other interpretation. It’s official, The Last Jedi is turning all of us to the shocked side of the Force. Will “Rey, I am your best friend” become the “Luke I am your father” of The Last Jedi? Because right now, that’s what this scene feels like.
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