It's no secret Star Wars: The Last Jedi continues directly from the cliffhanger ending of The Force Awakens. Rey (Daisy Ridley) has found a reclusive Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) in what appears to be a ruined temple.
The first footage from The Last Jedi was exclusively shown to Disney shareholders at the company’s annual gathering in Denver. Luke Skywalker asks Rey: “Who are you?”, before she hands over his father's lightsaber.
Other clips shown to the audience included Rey wielding a lightsaber, Chewbacca, Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega) and General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) in military uniform.
Before screening the footage, Disney CEO Bob Iger addressed the audience. “We make a point of revealing very little from our upcoming Star Wars films,” he said. “We want to keep them secret. But we’re making an exception today. We’re going to show you an exclusive first look at what happens right after that scene, and that lightsaber being handed to its rightful owner.”
Iger also took the opportunity to pay tribute to the late Carrie Fisher. “Carrie Fisher has been an iconic part in this franchise from the very beginning,” he said. “We all miss her. She had great talent and wit. We’re proud that this movie coming up is part of her legacy.”
Director Rian Johnson's film is described as suitably epic, and The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams has suggested Mark Hamill may win an Oscar for his role as Luke Skywalker.
Fans shouldn't have to wait too much longer for a first glimpse of The Last Jedi. A trailer is expected to premiere during a panel with director Rian Johnson and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy at Star Wars Celebration Orlando in April. Incidentally, Star Wars Celebration takes a break next year before returning in 2019 for the final installment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
The Last Jedi is scheduled for release in cinemas on 15th December.