Well, the wait is over, as Lucasfilm released the first trailer for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" during Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida, on Friday.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the eighth episode of the franchise picks up where "The Force Awakens" left off, with Rey (Daisy Ridley) learning some tricks of the Jedi trade from Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) following the shocking demise of Han Solo (Harrison Ford).
The trailer begins with a voiceover of Luke telling Rey to "breathe" before asking what she sees. As she answers "Light, darkness, a balance," we see flashes of Carrie Fisher's General Organa, Darth Vader's smashed helmet and Rey using a lightsaber. From there, it's glimpses of Finn, Poe Dameron and BB-8 and the Millennium Falcon. We see Rey and Kylo Ren with their sabers, as well as more footage from the visions Rey got when she first held Luke's weapon.
"It's time for the Jedi to end," Luke says at the very end of the clip.
During the film's panel,hosted by Josh Gadd, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy praised Johnson for how he "writes amazingly fierce and independent women." Johnson also revealed he's still editing the film.
Gadd tried, in vain, to get some intel on Rey about her lineage. After asking if she was a Skywalker or Kenobi, she didn't budge. "Are you like the Madonna of Jakku?" Gadd joked.
"What I can say is, in 'The Last Jedi,' we go deeper into Rey's story and what is very apparent is Rey has a certain expectation as to what she might be getting from Luke and what that might entail," Ridley explained. "But it's difficult when you meet your heroes, because it might not be what you expect."
"I think what we're all very excited for: Luke's first words," teased Ridley.
Mark Hamill said he told Johnson he was terrified to bring Luke back into the fold. "So am I," Hamill said the director told him in response.
"In VII, you discover Luke is a hermit on this island, there's so much unsaid about where he's been and what he's done," Hamill explained. "They allude to things that have happened and, to a certain extent, it's not Luke's story anymore. He's an important part of the arc of the saga and there's a lot of mystery of him within the film."
While Hamill tried to downplay his part, Kennedy interrupted to say, "He is so significantly important to this next film."
Hamill also joked he thought he'd have a bigger part in "Force Awakens." "I thought when you were in the forrest and the lightsaber jiggled in the show, I said, "Ok here I am! And the flies into the hand of Rey?! She didn't even do any training," he exclaimed.
Some behind-the-scenes photos Johnson shared also teased the re-emergence of Gwendoline Christie's General Phasma, who was seen interacting with John Boyega on set.
"I think Finn stood up for himself in the end of 'Force Awakens,' so he's in recovery. Finn will be back for 'The Last Jedi' and he's not playing this time," said Boyega.
As for The Dark Side, Johnson called the destruction of Starkiller Base a "big loss," but said things with The First Order will "get dire."
Johnson also introduced the audience to Kelly Marie Tran, who will play a character named "Rose." "She's part of the resistance and she works in maintenance and I can't wait for you to meet her," said Tran. "She's pretty rad," added Johnson, "She's not looking to be a hero but gets pulled into this adventure in a big way."
The latest installment was filmed just before the death star Carrie Fisher, who returns as Leia Organa. Fisher's brother Todd said he and Carrie's daughter, Billie Lourd, gave Lucasfilm permission to use recent footage of her for Episode 9 as well.
"She's as much a part of it as anything and I think her presence now is even more powerful than it was, like Obi Wan — when the saber cuts him down he becomes more powerful. I feel like that's what's happened with Carrie. I think the legacy should continue," he told the New York Daily News.
Of Carrie, Johnson added, "I love her so much, man. I just adore her."
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" hits theaters December 15, 2017.