Aside from the odd long lens set photo and a smattering of tantalizing tidbits from the cast and crew, we still know very little about what’s to happen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But today a couple more pieces have been added to the puzzle courtesy of Making Star Wars, who claim to have fresh information on the shape of the galaxy following the explosive climax of J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens.
First off, it seems that the battle at Starkiller Base has made the First Order known throughout the galaxy. Formerly dismissed as the last vestiges of the dying Empire, people now know that Snoke is actively seeking to conquer their planets and reimpose the nightmare of Imperial rule. Most importantly, however, is that everyone understands that the era of peace that begun with the destruction of the second Death Star has now come to an end.
As for Supreme Leader Snoke, he sees an opportunity to capitalize on the Republic’s disarray, hoping to force the galaxy into outright war and make its citizens pick a side. Will they ally with his resurgent First Order and avoid a military invasion of their planet, or will they face conquest?
Meanwhile, General Leia Organa, while relieved that her argument that the First Order are the biggest threat to galactic freedom has been proven, steadies her resolve as she prepares to launch into a new conflict. Where Rey, Poe and Finn fit into this is anyone’s guess, but hopefully the upcoming trailer will shed some more light on the particulars. Sources suggest it will be revealed at a Q&A with director Rian Johnson during the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando Florida over April 13th-17th, so not too much longer to go now.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released on December 15th, 2017.