With the summer movie season coming to an end we can now all focus on what's important in the world of cinema: Star Wars. Director Rian Johnson has given us a single image from the new film, and it's huge. Specifically, it's a huge explosion. Johnson shared the image below to social media that shows that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently in the sound mixing stage, and the creative team is currently working on the sound of a massive fiery explosion. Check it out.
Rian Johnson doesn't even add a comment to his Instagram post, so he doesn't give us any real idea what's going on here. The only thing we know is that the image was taken at Skywalker Sound in Marin County, CA, which would seem to confirm that the post production of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in the sound editing phase. Beyond that, all we know is that we've officially confirmed that something will blow up at some point during the newest entry in the Star Wars saga. Not exactly the most earth shattering revelation, but it's still pretty sweet.
Since the explosion takes up pretty much the entire screen, there's little else to go on to give us any sort of indication of exactly what it is here that is exploding. In the upper left corner, we do get to see a bit of the background which would seem to be part of a planet, indicating that this is an outer space scene. That would make this some sort of spacecraft blowing up. The end of the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi does show an outer space battle between the Resistance and the First Order, with numerous ships being destroyed. While none have explosions quite like this one, this could very easily be another scene from that same fight.
With under four months to go before the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the film has been doing a remarkably good job of keeping itself relevant while still hiding most of its secrets behind the curtain. We still don't know much at all about what the movie is really even about. While there are are a lot of parts and pieces that have been discussed or are being rumored, how they all fit together is far from clear. This is perfect for those of us that need a Star Wars fix every now and then, but aren't looking to have the movie spoiled ahead of time.
We certainly expect to see at least one more trailer for the new movie before release. It's even possible that this image that we're looking at is from the editing of a new trailer, and not necessarily the final cut of the film itself. We'll keep an eye open for this image whenever we see new material from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is set for release on December 15.