This Star Wars Episode VIII Trailer Is Basically Just Luke Skywalker

Also: Benicio Del Toro is going to be in the next movie.

Hold me.

Actually I reckon Luke Skywalker had roughly the same amount of screen time in this 30 second teaser and he did in the entirety of episode VII. It has to be close.

Today the Star Wars people announced things about Star Wars. It sounds really cool. The major news: production has started on Episode VIII. Rian Johnson is directing.

You probably knew that already.

You may not have known that both Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern have joined the cast, alongside "talented newcomer" Kelly Marie Tran. This is all very exciting.

Episode VIII literally started shooting like today. Or yesterday depending on the timezone.

Here's what was said on the official site:

Rey took her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode VIII, which began principal photography at Pinewood Studios in London on February 15, 2016.
Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is written and directed by Rian Johnson and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcomes back cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski. Joining the production crew will be some of the industry’s top talent, including Steve Yedlin (Director of Photography), Bob Ducsay (Editor), Rick Heinrichs (Production Designer), Peter Swords King (Hair and Make-Up Designer), and Mary Vernieu (US Casting Director). They will be joining returning crew members Pippa Anderson (Co-Producer, VP Post Production), Neal Scanlan (Creature & Droid FX Creative Supervisor), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Jamie Wilkinson (Prop Master), Chris Corbould (SFX Supervisor), Rob Inch (Stunt Coordinator), Ben Morris (VFX Supervisor), and Nina Gold (UK Casting Director).
Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.



    Kinda sucks that they haven't been able to conduct a LotR-esque release schedule.

      Well they did film all of those movies together. Would have saved millions but the logistical nightmare and marathon shoot...

    Here's hoping they don't just copy the story from Episode V.

    Would be nice to have a new Star Wars movie. That hasn't happened in over 10 years.

      You count this one out but count the prequels? Something seriously wrong with you mate.

        I said new movie, not good movie. The prequels at least weren't a re-hash.

        He's just pointing out that the story was almost a direct copy of A New Hope, which is a very common opinion. The prequels had original stories, even if we know how they would end.

        Something seriously wrong with you mate

        Do people really feel the need to be dickheads on the internet?

          I saw it as a soft reboot, and after thinking on it a lot, reckon it was the right way to go.
          I can't see VIII being a copy of V, there are plenty of set pieces that point to an entirely new story.

            Oh I'm totally with you here - they needed to play it safe, and it 100% worked out for the best.

            But, from a narrative perspective, it's not exactly the most original story :)

              Neither was Episode 4, which was in essence just a retelling of 'the heroes journey', by way of Dambusters and Seven Samurai. It just had a nice grand space setting, that's all.

            The problem is that it wasn't even a soft reboot. They just grabbed the key events from 4 and repeated them without actually providing the reasons and motivations for doing it. So many plot holes opened up.

            The writing of episode 4 was can't beat or equal it by doing a half-assed copy

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          People aren't only like that on the internet, they say it to my face too ;)

          Yes, some elements were pretty similar, but it was a pretty dicky way to make that comparison so I agree completely with you.

          No, but the other dude's being snarky and dramatic. A "common opinion" by uneducated viewers is hardly fact and shouldn't be treated as one regardless of what you personally feel. Being educated in film, photography and narrative convention, the basic outline of the story accounts for a minority of the narrative. I felt that when properly scrutinized, acknowledging all story elements as opposed to generalising them - this film extended upon the first. From a narrative perspective, I saw it as original because I didn't ignore most of the techniques used to convey narrative. Lots of movies become far more interesting and complex when you stop generalising basic outlines. I can see how people can draw similarities but there is a very clear extension upon what the first accomplished and much more ground covered. Originality is something I'll never acknowledge beyond a blatant copy, so many moving pieces in the film almost makes it a moot point. Like someone else said, by the end of the film an entirely new direction has been clearly established - the only way it hasn't is if you generalise almost everything.

          So many people are so certain their mass generalisations are perfectly accurate without holding it to any scrutiny; there's a difference between preference and critical assessment.

            A "common opinion" by uneducated viewers is hardly fact

            I don't mean to be rude, but do you have any idea how arrogant that sounds? If someone needs to have a degree in cinematography to appreciate the differences, I'd say it's pretty damn similar. I have spoken with hardcore Star Wars fans that shared his opinion - people that have seen the original trilogy hundreds of times, so I'd hardly call them uneducated. Regardless, saying that there must be something wrong with him because he shares a common opinion is pretty rude, which is what I was pointing out.

            Of course, TFA wasn't a straight rehash of ANH, but the story arc was pretty damn similar - so much so that, as the great @poita once said, you could consider it a soft reboot rather than a straight-up sequel.

            What, you think I was being snarky? It's called exaggerating to show a point.

            The basic plot of episode 4 was copied for episode 7. You can't deny that. Due to this they've created some pretty weird plot holes because they never actually provided proper motives for some of the events.

            Blowing up the republic planets - Why? The resistance appears to have been separate from the republic, had their support form the shadows maybe but the movie doesn't really show this. Once the planets are blown up why should we care? The main characters certainly don't seem to, what was special about those planets? Was it actually the main worlds of the republic and now that government is entirely crippled or was it just some of the and they can go on just fine? If the republic have been destroyed who now rules the galaxy? The First Order don't seem to be doing too much, we saw they had a single planet which was a weapon and now that's been blown up!

            Now the major flaws are about some of the more minor ones? The Millennium Falcon apparently couldn't go straight to the resistance base because "it was too hot" according to Han Solo. So they flew off and met Maz, got Luke's lightsaber (exactly how was that found anyway?). Everything shortly goes sour, fight breaks out etc and they fly the Millennium Falcon straight to the resistance anyway. After this the First Order suddenly knows where the resistance are so presumably they tracked the Falcon as Han said.

            So why the hell did they suddenly disregard what Han said previously and go expose the resistance? There were plenty of other star ships around for them to catch a lift. If the First Order already knew where the resistance were then why bother avoiding them with the Falcon to begin with? Further - their main reason for going there was to take the map to Leia. That's all very well and nice, I'm sure she'd love to see her brother but he isn't crucial to her resistance, he's not going to stop the Star Killer. Much more vital info is contained inside the brain of Finn but that's not even mentioned until they're with the resistance and Leia points it out. The main plot should have been "get Finn to the resistance" not "get useless map to Leia".

            I could go on and on about the problems with the plot and characters in episode 7 (don't even get me started on Han Solo/Harrison Ford) but I think that's enough for now.

            So yeah, I exaggerated my point to make a quick, short comment and avoid what I wrote in the spoilers. The point still stands as valid and you don't need to be elitist and arrogant to spot that there were a lot of problems with episode 7. Keep a similar plot from episode 4 if they had to but at least write it so that it makes sense ffs.

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    This Star Wars Episode VIII Trailer Is Basically Just Luke Skywalker

    Considering episode VII was basically not Luke Skywalker, I'm okay with this.

      And he legit looks awesome in that shot. I always thought Luke was about as edgy as a bowling ball, but that one shot alone really conveys this sense of power and mystique that I hope can be capitalised on.

    So, could this be the first SW film that picks up immediately after the events of the previous film?

    Also, bad grammar is the path to the dark side Mark...

    "Episode VIII literally started shooting like today."

    Last edited 16/02/16 10:44 am

    Exciting stuff. DON’T SCREW IT UP EVERYBODY.


    Er, is now a bad time to mentioned Jar Jar Binks will be back in Episode 8 and has been digitally added into the (upcoming) home media release of Episode 7?

    EDIT: Jar Jar's name spelt wrong.

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      Phew, for a second there I thought you were going to say Jar Jar Binks ... Screw that guy.

        Actually I was referring to him. Through you I've just realised I'd been spelling his name wrong for years.

    "Peter Swords King (Hair and Make-Up Designer)"
    Serious name envy going on here.

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