First trailer revealed for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

First footage of Episode VIII of the Star Wars saga hits the net after unveiling at the Star Wars Celebration fan event in Florida, along with the films poster

The much-anticipated first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been unveiled.

Also known as Episode VIII, the film is the second in the current sequel trilogy, which began in 2015 with The Force Awakens. The action is expected to follow on directly from the ending of that instalment, which featured the first meeting between Daisy Ridleys Rey and Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill.

The poster for the film was revealed at the same time.

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The Last Jedi stars Ridley, Hamill, John Boyega and Adam Driver, and is written and directed by Rian Johnson, best known for his time-travel thriller Looper. Johnson has described the film as inspired by old-fashioned war movies, such as Bridge on the River Kwai and Twelve OClock.

The trailer and poster were unveiled at Star Wars Celebration, a fan convention held this year in Orlando, Florida. Guests at the convention so far have included Harrison Ford and George Lucas, while a video tribute to the late Carrie Fisher was broadcast on the events opening day.

Due for release on 15 December, The Last Jedi is expected to be one of the highest-grossing films of the year. However, beating its predecessor will be a tall order: The Force Awakens grossed more than $2bn worldwide, making it the third highest-grossing film of all time, behind James Camerons Avatar and Titanic.

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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