Is Star Wars: The Last Jedi Shaping Up To Be Another Empire Strikes Back?

The first full trailer looks action-packed – but have we been here before?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In cinemas this December.

The first full trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has landed and while there is plenty to be excited about, certain elements already looking suspiciously similar to the original film’s classic sequel, The Empire Strikes Back.

When JJ Abrams’ The Force Awakens was first released in December 2015, fans and critics alike were quick to praise the movie, which went on to be a huge box office success.

Perhaps that was the result of being burned by George Lucas’s lamentable prequel trilogy but, as time has gone on, some have come to reassess Abrams’ movie as a solid, if slightly safe, first entry back into the franchise.

More importantly, many noticed the striking similarities in plot structure and narrative compared to the very first film, A New Hope.

Those same similarities appear here, with Daisy Ridley’s Rey seemingly heading off to be trained in the ways of the Force by Mark Hamill’s grizzled-looking Luke Skywalker. It’s a scenario that played out previously with Luke and Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back.

Is this a retread though or rather a homage to the original and a demonstration of the seeming symmetry that exists in the Star Wars universe?

It’s possibly too early to say, though the trailer does appear to show the Empire well and truly striking back with Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren still on the war path and, if the trailer is anything to go by, potentially about to kill off another beloved Star Wars character, Leia Organa.

Ren already put an end to his father, Harrison Ford’s Han Solo, so could be out to complete the set and with The Last Jedi marking the late Carrie Fisher’s final appearance in the series, it would make some sense.

John Boyega’s Finn is also back in the thick of things, engaging in lightsabre battles while Chewbacca returns and there’s even room for another familiar Star Wars trope: an annoying space creation seemingly created to appeal to kids.

We’ve already had the Ewoks and Jar-Jar Binks, so say hello to the Porgs – you are definitely going to hate them.

Directed by Rian Johnson, a filmmaker best known for his work on Looper and Brick, Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in cinemas on December 14. Everyone is going to see it. Don’t even try to pretend you are not.

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