After years and years of waiting, Star Wars: The Force Awakens delivered not only thrills, but also answers to some of the biggest questions that fans have been asking about the fictional universe since the release of Return of the Jedi. Of course, the film was not only considered Episode VII, but also the launch pad for a brand new trilogy of movies that will work to complete the story of both the characters to whom we've just been introduced, and the ones we've known and loved for decades. Basically, once the wait for The Force Awakens ended, the wait for Star Wars: The Last Jedi began.

As we do with all big upcoming blockbusters, we've thrown together a handy guide for the next chapter of the legendary sci-fi story -- utilizing all of the information that we got from The Force Awakens as well as all of the rumors and reports that have been swirling around. Let's start with a look at the most recent theatrical trailer:

That trailer gave us a taste of what we can expect from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but what else have we learned in the multi-year-long run-up to the eighth chapter in the Star Wars saga? Read on and find out!

SPOILERS AHEAD: This article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you want to read our spoiler-free review, click here. The rest of you, read on... but know that you have been warned.

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What Is The Star Wars: The Last Jedi Release Date?

Arriving almost exactly two years after its immediate predecessor series-wise, Star Wars: The Last Jedi will arrive in theaters on December 15, 2017. If every day is a struggle for you not seeing it, you can always bust out copies of the original trilogy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (we can't morally recommend revisiting the prequels).

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What Is The Star Wars: The Last Jedi Rating?

Intended to be family-friendly entertainment, the Star Wars movies have always gone for either a PG or PG-13 rating, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi is not breaking with that tradition. The MPAA has given the blockbuster the latter grade, citing that parents should attend screenings with audience members younger than 13 because of "sequences of sci-fi action and violence."

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The Director

Director J.J. Abrams was the man put in charge of laying the groundwork for what will be the future of the Star Wars saga, but it was decided that he would not be back to take the helm of the next chapter. After directing The Force Awakens, Abrams will be staying on as an Executive Producer and creative consultant for the franchise, while the reins will be handed over to writer/director Rian Johnson (who landed the gig back in June 2014). Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be the first time that the young filmmaker has taken the helm of a franchise feature, though his experience does give us a great deal of confidence in his abilities. He broke out onto the scene with his fantastic, gritty neo-noir Brick, and he has followed it up with both the fun caper The Brothers Bloom and the trippy time travel action movie Looper. With that most recent title in particular he has demonstrated a knack for sci-fi storytelling, and it's exciting to think of what he will do with a mix of iconic characters.

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The Title

Fans spent years referring to Rian Johnson's entry in the Star Wars franchise as simply Star Wars: Episode VIII, but on January 23, 2017 it finally got a title. As seen above, it was officially announced that the blockbuster would be called Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The news came with no further details about the blockbuster, leaving many to question exactly to whom the name is referring. It turns out that it's Luke Skywalker, as he was identified as such in the opening crawl of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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