Disney and Lucasfilm have been keeping Star Wars fans' appetites thoroughly whetted by releasing a new movie each year, starting with The Force Awakens in 2015. Following a detour into the past last year with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, it's time to return to trilogy territory with The Last Jedi. As the eighth live action Star Wars installment, there's a lot to look forward to, from the typical fare (lightsaber duels, straighter battles) to more specific content (learning about Rey's past).
As per usual with the Star Wars movies, Lucasfilm is keeping specific details about the plot under wraps, and the trailer released in April, while visually stunning, provided few clues about what to expect. When it comes to castings, though, the studio has been slowly revealing which characters will appear in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. With that in mind, we've compiled all the faces, good and bad alike, it's been confirmed you'll see when you're seated to watch Episode VIII this December.
Excluding that Force vision Rey saw when she touched his lightsaber, Luke Skywalker didn't appear in The Force Awakens until the very end, and even then he didn't utter a word. Thankfully, he'll have a lot to do in The Last Jedi, as he'll be training Rey in the ways of the Force on Ahch-To. However, in the first Last Jedi trailer, Luke said that it was time for the Jedi to end. It's unclear what exactly he meant by that, but after being betrayed by his nephew, watching his Padawans be slaughtered and spending years in solitude, we'll be seeing a much different Luke from the one we left off with in Return of the Jedi.
A lot happened to Rey during The Force Awakens. She permanently left Jakku, she made friends with Finn, she found a mentor in Han Solo and then lost him, and she fought Kylo Ren to a standstill. Now she's on Ahch-To to deliver Luke Skywalker's lightsaber back to him, but this won't be a quick visit. Despite demonstrating amazing Jedi abilities in such a short time, Rey still has much to learn about this mysterious energy field, so under his tutorage, she'll be better prepared to face off against Kylo and his fellow Knights of Ren.
Finn wasn't in great shape when The Force Awakens concluded. He did his best to protect Rey from Kylo Ren, but he was no match against someone who can use the Force, and was seriously wounded. While The Last Jedi trailer showed Finn still unconscious, he'll eventually heal from his injuries after some time in a batca suit. Following his recovery, the Resistance will send him to go undercover in The First Order for a mission. After all, since he spent his life as a stormtrooper, it will be easier for him to sneak back in rather than build a cover for someone else.