The Last Jedi: What to Expect

Star Wars fans are gearing up for “Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.” Two years ago J.J. Abrams, director of “Star Wars Episode VII: the Force Awakens,” left audiences stranded with a multitude of questions concerning the fate of Rey (Daisy Ridley) and her friends.

Being one of the largest franchises in cinematic history, keeping the new plot a mystery is something Lucasfilm Productions can afford doing. All released posters have been simple in design, not giving away any plot points. As long as it reads “Star Wars,” audiences are guaranteed to come.

There are hundreds of theories about the film’s storyline. Internet Movie Database (IMDB) plot summary says, “Having taken her first steps into the larger Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past.” Unfortunately, this still doesn’t give us much of an idea of what the film will really be about.

The first trailer, which aired in early October, suggested a number of possible plot twists that range from the heroine Rey being tempted by the dark side to a battle between Princess Leia and her son Kylo Ren, played by Carrie Fisher and Adam Driver.

Regardless, audiences are guaranteed character development and surprises galore. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Driver said, “What [the director] had written was remarkable. He created new rules for the ‘Star Wars’ universe and balanced the familiar and unfamiliar very adeptly while respecting that his audience can handle ambiguity … Characters and story are his priority.”

The director of the film, Rian Johnson, has impressed more than just the cast with his storytelling abilities. Lucasfilm Productions have asked Johnson to direct a potential future Star Wars trilogy, separate from the Rey and Luke storyline.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is scheduled to air in all local theaters December 15 this year. Tickets are available for pre-order on

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Ansleigh Mikesell