Disney shareholders were presented with footage from many of the company’s upcoming films at today’s meeting, but perhaps the most exciting reveal was the first footage shown of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
This is likely part of the same footage that the public will see at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando next month — and it’s unlikely any of the press or shareholders at the meeting will leak the footage before then — but we do have the tweets of LA Times reporter Daniel Miller to give us some hints about what to expect.
The following details could be considered spoilers, so be very aware that tiny plot points of The Last Jedi may be revealed if you continue reading. It’s not too soon to back out if you want to go in completely fresh, and it sounds as if the first scene of the film is described in these tweets.
Still with us? OK, let’s do this.
We just saw more "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" footage. In it, Luke asks Rey, "Who are you?" Then we see her deftly handle a lightsaber.— Daniel Miller (@DanielNMiller) March 8, 2017
Also making appearances in "The Last Jedi" footage: Chewbacca, General Leia Organa and Finn.— Daniel Miller (@DanielNMiller) March 8, 2017
One last thing on the "Last Jedi" footage: We saw all sorts of settings -- mountains, oceans, forests, deserts. Look suitably epic, exotic.— Daniel Miller (@DanielNMiller) March 8, 2017
More on "The Last Jedi" clip, since ppl are asking: General Leia Organa was onscreen for just a second in military garb and didn't speak.— Daniel Miller (@DanielNMiller) March 8, 2017
More on "The Last Jedi" clip: We saw a shot of an X-wing wobbling mid-air, under attack inside a giant ship. Looked like a wounded bird.— Daniel Miller (@DanielNMiller) March 8, 2017
There’s a surprising amount to digest here, and we can start to speculate about a few plot points. The fact that Luke doesn’t know who Rey is seems a bit surprising, and it scuttles many theories about a possible shared past between the two. But it’s also possible that he doesn’t recognize her at first, or the planet itself on which they meet may suppress Force abilities ... but we’re deep in the weeds at this point.
Being able to wield a lightsaber is a pretty badass way to introduce yourself, though.