A very long time in the past in a stadium far, far-off…
Disney debuted an all-new trailer for “Star Wars: The Final Jedi” throughout halftime of Monday Evening Soccer — trotting out a fleet of First Order Stormtroopers onto Soldier Discipline for good measure.
The action-packed footage opens with a shot of Kylo Ren, performed by actor Adam Driver, peering into what seems to be a First Order army hanger.
Supreme Chief Snoke can then be heard talking off-screen to his younger apprentice — or maybe another person solely, similar to Daisy Ridley’s Rey.
“When I discovered you, I noticed uncooked, untamed energy — and past that, one thing really particular,” Snoke says, proper earlier than a shot of Rey holding a lightsaber comes throughout the display.
“One thing, inside me, has at all times been there,” she says. “Then I used to be awake…However I need assistance.”
Because the video continues, a coaching montage that includes Rey and Luke Skywalker on Ahch-To is proven — together with clips of a battle-scarred, spaceship flying Kylo Ren taking intention at what seems to be Common Leia’s ship.
“I’ve seen this uncooked energy solely as soon as earlier than,” Skywalker tells Rey. “It didn’t scare me sufficient then. It does now.”
Ren then provides, “Let the previous die…Kill it, if it’s a must to…That’s the one method to change into what you have been meant to be.”
The trailer goes on to point out a laundry checklist of Star Wars characters — together with Poe Dameron, Finn and Chewbacca. It closes with Snoke uttering the ominous, Emperor Palpatine line from “Return of the Jedi” — “fulfill your future” — and a attainable confrontation between Ren and Rey.
“I want somebody…to point out me my place in all this,” Rey says, prompting Ren to increase out his hand to her.
Whereas Star Wars trailers are inclined to debut throughout comic-cons and different fan occasions, this one was dropped throughout halftime of the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings recreation.
Earlier than Monday, followers had solely gotten to see glimpses of Rey and the gang in a brief teaser trailer that debuted in April and a behind-the-scenes clip that was launched this summer time.
Director Rian Johnson was urging followers to avoid the brand new trailer on Sunday, saying they need to “keep away from it” in the event that they wish to stay at nighttime concerning the movie.
“I’m legitimately torn. If you wish to are available in clear, completely keep away from it. However it’s gooooood,” he tweeted in response to a fan who requested whether or not he ought to watch it.
Johnson later defined that whereas he doesn’t wish to maintain folks from seeing the trailer, he’s fearful that the brand new footage will give away key plot factors — that will in any other case stay hidden till the premiere.
“Extra stuff is coming, that’s the character of the beast,” he mentioned. “However I absolutely endorse avoiding every little thing you’ll be able to from now until December!”
Monday’s trailer drop was coincided with the “Final Jedi” ticket launch, with film stubs happening sale on-line because the clip aired.
Followers flocked to Fandango, Cinemark or different on-line ticket websites, similar to Alamo Drafthouse and Atom Tickets, to get their seats.
Episode Eight is slated to select up proper the place “The Drive Awakens” left off — with Luke assembly up with Rey and making his triumphant return to the Star Wars universe.
The 2 are anticipated to coach collectively through the film whereas characters Finn and Poe embark on separate quests.
Common Leia, performed by the late Carrie Fisher, can be taking over a extra vital function this time round — with Johnson describing her character arc as an emotional one.
Different characters that can be returning for the movie are Captain Phasma, R2-D2, and naturally, BB-Eight, who can be pitted towards a Darkish Aspect model of itself, dubbed BB-9E.
The menacing black and grey droid doesn’t seem within the new trailer, however BB-Eight does.
Many new faces are anticipated to be featured in “Final Jedi” — together with the Caretakers and the Porgs, which have already change into fan favorites.
The tiny creatures have been additionally noticed in Monday’s trailer, yelling alongside Chewbacca.
“Star Wars: The Final Jedi” is scheduled to hit theaters on Dec. 15.