‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Behind the Scenes Sizzle Reel

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At the D23 Expo in California today, there wasn’t a new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but we got the next best thing.

Director Rian Johnson and star Mark Hamil presented one of those gorgeous behind the scene sizzle reels that reveals some of the sets, aliens, ships and action that we’ll be seeing on the big screen when The Last Jedi arrives in theaters this winter.

It’s bittersweet seeing the late Carrie Fisher talking about how this film is about family when all is said and done, especially when she was such a big part of the original family that launched this sci-fi franchise 40 years ago.

But the good news is that we have another strong female character leading the charge into the next era of Star Wars, and there are plenty of shots of her in action throughout this reel. Perhaps the most noteworthy piece of footage features Rey in a hooded cloak with her lightsaber at the end, which is a beautiful image, and also a bit of an ominous one. Is she becoming a Jedi, or something else?

We’ll be digging into this video much more thoroughly this weekend, so stay tuned to see what we can uncover with out usual frame-by-frame analysis soon. Until then, just watch this over and over again.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives on December 15.

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