The Last Jedi prepares to storm the box office

Photo courtesy of | A series of movie posters have been released leading up to the film’s release on Dec. 15. The posters have helped introduce fans to new characters and allude to possible plots.

The newest installment of the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi, will feature a combination of the old and new cast. All the new favorites like Rey and Finn will be returning to the screen alongside characters that have been there from the very start such as Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and R2-D2. The newest film will also introduce a new cast of characters. Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, an “enimagtic” computer hacker known as DJ, and a Resistance mechanic named Rose Tico who teams up with Finn will all join the iconic cast.

The phrase “the last Jedi” seems to directly refer to Luke Skywalker, so the film will most likely delve into his pain at the tragic loss of all his Padawans as well as his activity while living on his secluded island. The last film left off with Rey and Luke meeting for the first time, and trailers have shown Rey honing her Lightsaber skills on Luke’s island. It is expected that Luke will begin the process of training her to her fullest ability while she explores her ability with the Force. A trailer shows us Luke walking aboard the Millennium Falcon for the first time in thirty years, so we know that Skywalker will be returning, most likely to an emotional reunion with his sister.

In The Last Jedi we hope to learn a lot more about Rey. Her mysterious background was alluded to in The Force Awakens, prompting a hurricane of speculation theories to form around her parentage. One of the strongest theory camps is that she is the daughter of none other than Luke Skywalker. Released movie posters and trailers also hint at Rey’s struggle with the Dark Side. It has been hinted that the heroine posseses the most powerful control of the Force of anyone in the saga thus far. Kylo Ren has been set up as her equal, so it is likely that he will contribute to her journey with the Force. If he persuades her to the Dark Side or she continues to exist in the Light remains to be seen. Some have suggested that Rey may become a “Grey Jedi,” who walks the line between the Dark and the Light.

All of this is leading to an escalation of violence between the First Order and the Resistance. It has been alluded to that Rey and Kylo Ren both struggle with their personal identities and where their allegiances truly lie. We can expect a few glorious battle scenes as the two find their places in the expansive universe of Dark and Light.

By: Riley Head ~A&E Editor~