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After taking a detour to the Original Trilogy period with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story last year, Lucasfilm is bringing Star Wars back to trilogy territory this December with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The first trailer dropped back in April during the Celebration convention, and during today's D23 expo, Disney made sure to dedicate some time to its brand from a galaxy far, far away. This time around, we have an extensive behind-the-scenes look at The Last Jedi.

While this type of video isn't anything like the trailers we're used to seeing that tease movies, this Last Jedi footage screened at D23 is powerful in its own way. For one thing, all of the movie's major actors are spotlighted in one way or another, from Daisy Ridley and John Boyega to Mark Hamill and Gwendoline Christie. Many of them gave their thoughts on Episode VIII and the legacy of the Star Wars franchise as a whole. Nothing better summarizes the latter than the video ending with the late Carrie Fisher saying, "It's about family, and I think that's what's so powerful." I think every Star Wars fan can agree with that.

While the commentary from the actors is appreciated, this Last Jedi video provided a lot of special looks at the upcoming movie. For one thing, we finally have our first looks at Laura Dern's Vice Admiral Holdo and Benicio del Toro's "DJ" outside of a Vanity Fair setting. Other highlights included the First Order stormtroopers wielding new clawed, spear-like weapons, an explosion ripping apart a hangar filled with Resistance ships, some kind of underwater scene being filmed, Captain Phasma and her stormtrooper horde leading an attack and more. There's also a moment where Daisy Ridley is rehearsing a lightsaber fight with several other people, which may indicate that we'll see Rey fight the Knights of Ren in The Last Jedi. And, of course, we can't forget the new, unusual aliens who will populate Episode VIII, from one that looks like a giant hairless llama to the (finely-dressed) thing in the image below that appears to be working on one of the tables at the Canto Bight casino.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi alien

Lucasfilm loves to keep Star Wars plot details locked up tight for as long as possible, and while this behind-the-scenes video didn't reveal anything concrete about The Last Jedi, it proves once again that like with The Force Awakens and Rogue One, the studio is pulling out all the stops to make this another fine addition to the Star Wars franchise. In case you're still craving more The Last Jedi material, re-watch the trailer that was released a few months ago, below.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released in theaters on December 15.

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