To celebrate the start of production on Star Wars: Episode VIII, its devilish producers have teased us with a brief glimpse of the movie.
The quick clip dovetails quite nicely with the end of The Force Awakens showing Luke’s island home on the planet of Achto-To, before quickly cutting to a bewildered looking Skywalker as Rey holds out his father’s old lightsaber.
Just as it seems fans may be about to get answers to the big question, why did Luke run away? What happened with Kylo-Ren? Who are Rey’s parents? We hear the director Rian Johnson yell ‘cut’ and we’re left with his smirking face, he knows what he did.
The 30 second clip then finishes with a quick montage of the crew working on the film before telling us that Episode VIII is now in production. While it’s nice to be kept up to date with the film, and to highlight the often unsung work of those working behind the scenes, we can’t help but think that this teaser’s trying a bit hard to get us excited.
The clip’s cool but the fact that we now live in a world where we’re actually getting teaser trailers for the start of a production is kind of mind blowing. We understand that movies are a competitive business and snippets like these are marketing gold but if you saturate the market with constant teasers then you risk audience fatigue and lets be honest do Star Wars movies really need any help at the box Office?
Entertainment Weekly has also confirmed Benicio Del Toro’s joining the cast, confirming months of rumours. Kelly Marie Tran, a newcomer, is also joining. Most surprisingly though is Academy award nominee, Laura Dern, joining up, leading to speculation that she may be playing Rey’s mum.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is out in theatres December 15 2017, so patience you must have young padawan.