“Breathe. Just breathe. Now, reach out…what do you see?” It’s been (almost) a full month since the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi brought the Internet to a standstill, and even to this day, fans continue to comb through each and every frame in search for story clues.
Artist John Stratman has gone one step further though by rendering the entire promo in the style of a 16-bit video game. It’s a delightful little slice of fan service to keep The Last Jedi‘s hype train ticking over, and whereas those trailers re-cut in LEGO form tend to integrate a carbon copy of the score/sound effects, the video above incorporates the pixelated graphics and synthesized music – all of those quirky chirps and chimes ought to bring back a flood of memories of the SNES – that helped define the 16-bit era.
All in all, it’s an impressive reimagining, and Stratman’s efforts even got the stamp of approval from Rian Johnson, writer-director behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The Force is strong in this fan-made trailer, that’s for sure.
Here's something pleasant! Makes me want to replay Monkey Island. https://t.co/VX5WhvxtOh
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) May 10, 2017
Featuring a collection of old faces and new, The Last Jedi will be anchored by Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Kelly Marie Tran, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, Mark Hamill and the late, great Carrie Fisher, whose Leia Organa will remain unchanged in the sequel despite the actress’ tragic passing.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to make a beeline into theaters on December 15th. As things stand, it’ll be the last of Disney’s Star Wars tentpoles to occupy the Christmas corridor for quite some time; not only have the Han Solo origin movie and Episode IX been slated for early summer windows (May 2018 and May 2019, respectively), but 20th Century Fox has effectively block-booked December from 2020 to 2025 in preparation of James Cameron’s many Avatar sequels.