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It took a long time, but now we know that the title to the highly anticipated Episode VIII is Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Never satisfied for long, fans soon turned their attention to calling for the first footage from the Star Wars sequel. Just like its predecessor, The Last Jedi is highly secretive and footage will more than likely be rolled out sparingly, but at least we might have a lead on when Disney and Lucasfilm will premiere the first ever footage from The Last Jedi.
There have been dozens of rumors swirling around The Last Jedi and when we can expect to see a teaser. Most of these, like all rumors, will end up being wrong, but it's logical to think that the Super Bowl -- where advertising is more important than football -- would be the best bet for the first The Last Jedi teaser. The dedicated folks over at Star Wars News Net, however, are reporting that that's not the case. Sources tell them that the first footage of the sequel will most likely premiere at Star Wars Celebration Orlando in April. According to said source, they are working on a behind-the-scenes reel which will be the first footage of The Last Jedi.
It's important to keep in mind that this is another rumor, and that plans can always change with these things. But Celebration does make the most sense, given the facts. The Star Wars festival has been a hotspot for footage in the past, with The Force Awakens and Rogue One both having premiered some sort of teaser or reel. Based on the last two years, April tends to be the time when Star Wars footage drops. Though the Celebration is happening much earlier this year, it shouldn't be counted out. Star Wars News Net also speculates that, in addition to a behind-the-scenes reel, a more traditional teaser will also be shown.
Now sometimes these teasers are viewed only for those in attendance at these festivals (Rogue One did something similar), but I doubt that will be the case for The Last Jedi. This would be the first footage from the massively anticipated blockbuster, and I imagine that Disney and Lucasfilm will want to capitalize on that in a big way. Given the response to just revealing a title, an online teaser of any kind is likely to set the internet on fire.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is directed by Rian Johnson. The plot is kept tight under wraps, but it will continue the adventures of Rey, Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker and their battle against Kylo Ren and the Dark side. The film is expected to hit theaters on December 15, 2017.