The word's out that Disney screened some Star Wars: The Last Jedi footage for its shareholders today as part of a whole bigger thing. The information is scant, but that's how this movie's gonna be, unilaterally, until the first trailer hits. (Btw: The Force Awakens dropped its first trailer 13 months before the premiere. We're only nine months out from Episode VIII here, people! If you're waking up every morning thinking this could be the day, you're not wrong.)
Before we get to what was seen, we'll hit you with Disney CEO Bob Iger's quick comment: Star Wars: The Last Jedi is "a perfect chapter in the iconic Skywalker family drama."
Here's what L.A. Times reporter Daniel Miller had to say about the Last Jedi nuggets, in a series of tweets collected and lightly abridged below:
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi clip is being screened. But it's a joke, sort of! We just got a few seconds of Rey handing Luke a lightsaber. ... 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. Also making appearances in The Last Jedi footage: Chewbacca, General Leia Organa and Finn. ... We saw all sorts of settings -- mountains, oceans, forests, deserts. Look suitably epic, exotic. ... We saw a shot of an X-wing wobbling mid-air, under attack inside a giant ship. Looked like a wounded bird. ... General Leia Organa was onscreen for just a second in military garb and didn't speak. A tidbit on The Last Jedi footage: In the clip, a character yelled "It's now or never!" Sorry to say I couldn't tell you who screamed it!"
His colleague Meredith Woerner, of the Times' Hero Complex, added:
In other news @DanielNMiller just told me that Finn's eyes were open in The Last Jedi clip, so EVERYONE FREAK OUT.— Meredith Woerner (@MdellW) March 8, 2017
Also: Episode IX is already in production.
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