The day all Star Wars fans have been waiting for since the release of 2015's The Force Awakens is almost upon us. Ok, maybe the second biggest day, since Star Wars: The Last Jedi isn't hitting theaters until December 15. Fortunately, the first trailer for the highly-anticipated movie is expected to drop in just a few days at Star Wars Celebration. While the packed convention will also double as the 40th anniversary celebration of the franchise set in a galaxy far, far away, you can bet that this trailer is one of the most anticipated events for those in attendance, and those of us at home, too.
As is the case with most teaser trailers, we don't expect Star Wars: The Last Jedi's first preview to reveal too much about the plot, if anything at all. That being said, we've gathered together the primary moments we'd like the trailer to show off that wouldn't spoil anything important and would get us extra excited for the blockbuster.
Rey Training With Luke Skywalker
Rey didn't just travel to Ahch-To with Chewbacca and R2-D2 to give Luke Skywalker his lightsaber back. Now that she's found the reclusive Jedi Master, she'll train with him so she can hone her already impressive Force skills and move closer to becoming a Jedi. The special footage screened at a Disney investors conference last month showed Rey practicing with the lightsaber and levitating pebbles and dirt around her hand with the Force. Whether we see one of these moments in the trailer or something brand new, catching a glimpse of how Rey learning from the man who almost succeeded in rebuilding the Jedi Order would be welcomed.
A Peek At Benicio Del Toro's Character
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is bringing aboard a few new actors, and arguably the most well-known of these additions is Benicio del Toro, who already has some cosmic experience as The Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy. No official details about his character have been released, but unofficial reports paint him as someone dressed in all black who has scenes set on a casino planet and might be a member of the criminal underworld. It's unlikely that Lucasfilm will disclose how exactly del Toro's character will fit into The Last Jedi in the immediate coming months, but that doesn't mean we can't get a quick glimpse of him.
Poe Flying In His New X-Wing
Poe Dameron was touted in The Force Awakens as The Resistance's best pilot, an honor he surely cemented when he destroyed Starkiller Base. When The Last Jedi kicks off, he'll still be continuing his flying duties reportedly as the The Resistance's new fleet leader. Along with this promotion, he'll receive some upgrades for his black X-Wing fighter. With Poe as the Star Wars universe's newest flying ace, it'd be a shame we didn't see him doing what he does best in the trailer, whether it's shooting down some TIE Fighters in an epic space battle or just showing off some cool maneuvers.
Leia Overseeing A Battle
Leia Organa wasn't given a lot to do in The Force Awakens, but much like her time in The Rebellion, it was immediately clear she was one of The Resistance's most important leaders. As Carrie Fisher's final film role (though there are apparently plans to incorporate existing footage of her into 2019's Episode IX), it's fortunate that The Last Jedi will have Leia involved in a larger capacity, but the trailer needs to make that evident to the casual moviegoers. It could be something as simple as overseeing the planning of an operation or something as exciting as her wielding a blaster either because she's forced to go into the field or has to drive off First Order invaders in a Resistance base.
Finn Undercover In The First Order
Finn was able to escape The First Order in The Force Awakens, but upon recovering from the injuries he received from Kylo Ren, he'll have to return to his old stomping grounds. For months it's been reported that Finn will be sent by The Resistance to go undercover in The First Order, and The Last Jedi footage from last month confirmed this by showing him in a First Order uniform alongside Kelly Marie Tran's character, who will be helping him with his mission somehow. Much like with Benicio del Toro's character, we don't expect Lucasfilm to spill the beans on what specifically going on here, but at the very least they could toss us a shot or two of Finn in disguise.
The New Walkers In Action
The First Order has appropriated a lot of what the Empire used decades ago, and that includes gigantic, armored walkers. Supposedly there will be a gigantic battle in The Last Jedi that will see First Order Heavy Assault Walkers attacking a Resistance stronghold, echoing the Hoth conflict from The Empire Strikes Back. Star Wars movie trailers frequently show off the new vehicles being used, so where better to show off the new and improved AT-ATs then in the first preview. Including them ideally won't give anything away plot-wise, and it will demonstrate how The First Order will up its game.
Supreme Leader Snoke In Person
Supreme Leader Snoke was seen as in hologram form during The Force Awakens, but aside from him being Kylo Ren's master and the mastermind behind The First Order, we don't know anything about him. If Lucasfilm is wise, they won't remotely tease anything about Snoke's past in any trailers or TV spots, but there's another way they give him unique attention. Rumor has it that rather than be a 100% digital creation again, Snoke will be a puppet in The Last Jedi. Now that the franchise doesn't need to keep his physical appearance a secret anymore, maybe the trailer could include a quick look at this Snoke puppet so we can get a better idea of how this physical version of him will move.
Cool Lightsaber Action
This is the most generic entry on the list, but come on! It wouldn't be a Star Wars trailer if we didn't see some kind of lightsaber action. With Rey learning from Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren continuing his training with Snoke and the inevitable lightsaber duel between two parties, there's no shortage of lightsaber footage the first Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer could choose from. I suspect they'll save any scenes from the duel for a later trailer, but best case scenario, we could see Rey defending herself against one or more opponents, whether they're the usual kind of scum and villainy or, fingers crossed, Knights of Ren (seen above).