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Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer sets up for an epic showdown

“When I found you, I saw raw, untamed power, and beyond that… something truly special.”

We get a nice thrill of DOOM as the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi begins with Emperor Snoke’s voiceover – presumably about the first time he saw Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) – and snippets of the New Order’s expansion plans put into action with burly AT-AT Walkers and blood-red smoke spewing machines crossing a white desert landscape.

Elsewhere, Rey (Daisy Ridley) is training on Ahch-To with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who echoes the same word – ‘raw’- when he comes to learn more of Rey’s power, and how it could be as dangerous as Kylo Ren’s.

It sets up a cliff-hanger ending where Rey says she needs someone to show her her place “in all this” and Kylo Ren offering her his hand. Will she take it this time? Will she deny him yet again?

For those who thought that The Force Awakens was just another version of A New Hope, the official trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi looks like the eighth instalment will be following a more dynamic story arc.

Judging by the trailers alone, however, we still don’t get any confirmation on whether Rey is Luke’s daughter or Kylo Ren’s sister. Meanwhile, Kylo seems as determined as ever to destroy the vulnerable parts of himself as we see him attacking the ship his mother, Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) is on.

Other showdowns we can look forward to is the one between John Boyega’s Finn, who seems to have matured in the latest instalment as he takes on Captain Phasma, who we didn’t get to see at all in The Force Awakens.

Offering a little breather in the emotional trailer is the Porg, a puffin-like creature that resides on Ahch-To.

Watch out for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to come out 14 December 2017 in Malaysia.

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