Spoiler alert, you guys: there are Stormtroopers in The Last Jedi.
Apologies if this comes as a shock to you. Perhaps, instead, you were hoping that the upcoming Star Wars movie would be giving The Phantom Menace the kind of undeviating visual tribute that The Force Awakens gave to the original trilogy.
Alas, though, there’ll be no Gungans battling battle droids in Rian Johnson’s movie. Presumably, Lucasfilm felt that they could save a few bucks by simply reusing costumes from the last film—a strategy which is the polar opposite of what the studio was forced to do under George Lucas’ reign, as the mad director insisted that not a single physical Clone Trooper costume was produced for Revenge of the Sith.
But we’re not here to debate all the many (many) ways that George Lucas has lost his grasp on the fabric of reality and common sense. That’s already been well documented, and there’s nothing new to add.
Instead, let’s talk The Last Jedi, or, more specifically, when we’ll get to see our first glimpse of finished footage from the film.
Sadly, though, again, there’s nothing new to add. Lucasfilm remains tight-lipped on the subject of an initial trailer for the movie, and in the absence of real news, fans are instead turning to Rian Johnson’s Tumblr for some kind of indication as to when we might get a glimpse of The Force Awakens.
Along with his new photo of Stormtroopers on the set of The Last Jedi (at least, that’s where it’s assumed this photo comes from – otherwise, Johnson might simply have joined a Star Wars themed line dancing group) comes the promise that Johnson will be attending the upcoming Star Wars Celebration, which will be held in April.
It’s expected that our first look at The Last Jedi will be saved for this event, when Lucasfilm can guarantee that Star Wars hype will be at its most concentrated (and, as anyone who’s ever attended a Celebration can attest, its most pungent).
So mark April 14 as a special day on your calendar, as this is when Johnson and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy will take to the Celebration main stage for what is almost certainly not the unveiling of a new range of Star Wars breakfast cereals.
In the meantime, there’s nothing to do but wait, and reminisce on previous Star Wars movies.
Man, that George Lucas, huh? Everyone knows Han shot first!