It’s been two years since The Force Awakens, the first of three sequels in the Star Wars saga. Today marks the arrival of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the second chapter in the new trilogy.
The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, and a host of other familiar faces.
Major spoiler alert: if you missed The Force Awakens, turn back now. We’ll be talking about a few important details in previous Star Wars films. Otherwise, keep reading.
The Last Jedi immediately follows the events of The Force Awakens, which is set 30 years after Return of the Jedi. It continues the story of orphan Rey (Ridley) and her meeting with Luke Skywalker (Hamill), along with the war between the Resistance – led by General Leia Organa (Fisher) – and the evil First Order.
One of the major questions that we hope to see answered is how Rey will evolve as a character. She was a Mary Sue in the previous film: she handily mastered Force powers and defeated trained Jedi (or Sith) in one-on-one combat. Plus, the Resistance entrusted her with a sensitive mission and details within minutes of meeting her.