With the promise that the late Carrie Fisher will be given a proper send-off in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, comes some brand new images from Episode VIII, along with some tantalising new details.
Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive images, starting with this one of Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke (Mark Hamill) meeting, a precursor to their eventual clash.
There’s also a brand new character in Resistance mechanic Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran), who will reportedly help pull Finn (John Boyega) back from the brink.
There’s also a curious shot of Chewbacca with a porg, a puffin-like creature from the island of the first Jedi temple. They are reportedly cute, cuddly, and vexing to Wookiees.
Then there’s the caretakers of Ahch-To, the planet mostly covered in water where Luke has been hiding out all this time. Writer-director Rian Johnson describes them as “alien nuns” and amphibious creatures who are part of a religious order that tends to the ancient Jedi structures on Ahch-To.
The Paretorian Guard are modelled on the Emperor’s bodyguards in Return of the Jedi. In this case, the Guard are charged with protecting Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis in motion capture). Johnson elaborates.
“The Emperor’s guards were very formal, and you always got the sense that they could fight, but they didn’t. They looked like they were more ceremonial, and you never really saw them in action. The Praetorians, my brief to [costume designer] Michael Kaplan was that those guys have to be more like samurai. They have to be built to move, and you have to believe that they could step forward and engage if they have to. They have to seem dangerous.”
We also have a new starfighter for Kylo Ren (Adam Driver): the TIE Silencer, modelled on Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced X1 from the original 1977 movie.
Here’s the rest of the images, including some lovely new posters: