Without even trying, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the eighth entry in the ongoing Skywalker saga, has become perhaps the most anticipated film of the year. We haven’t had so much as a trailer from the darn thing, and fans can’t wait to get their grubby hands on it. 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens left things in such a way that it begs for the next chapter to be watched.
So far, all we really have is that title: The Last Jedi. It’s an intriguing title, and one that fans have spent the last few weeks picking apart in all kinds of ways, hoping to derive whatever secrets Lucasfilm is hiding in plain sight.
Riding on that enthusiasm, the film’s director Rian Johnson has released a new image from the set, and in it we see our favorite band of baddies: stormtroopers.
There’s nothing really revealing here. The troops look the same as they did in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but there is a definite tangibility that comes with actually seeing stuff like this. Sure, they can tell us until they’re blue in the face that the film underwent production, but until we actually start seeing footage or images, it feels like an ethereal thing.
With this image now there, we have an idea of just how real the movie is. Just ten more months…
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017.