After the reveal of the Star Wars: Episode VIII title, the biggest question that all fans have of course is when to expect the first footage from The Last Jedi, the highly anticipated sequel to J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In the last few weeks, numerous reports on the web claimed to know when the first footage from Rian Johnson’s movie will be revealed. We’ve tried to contact several sources hoping to get some small hints about a possible trailer premiere date.
Rumors have been swirling for a couple weeks that a brand new trailer or TV spot for Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released this Sunday during the Superbowl. As we also shared on Twitter several days ago, a source of ours told us that there will not be any Star Wars footage during that event. We were not the first to hear something about this, even Pablo Hidalgo made a post saying that this Superbowl will be pretty much like the previous ones in terms of Star Wars coverage, meaning no coverage at all. We mainly did this clarification because multiple reports were posted online claiming to have inside information that The Last Jedi will get a TV spot during the Superbowl. This is not going to be the case.
The most logical date for the first footage from The Last Jedi has always been Star Wars Celebration Orlando, which is happening much earlier in the year than last year’s event. Many people are betting that the first The Last Jedi teaser will be screened during the Star Wars fan event.
With this in mind we contacted one of our sources who shared with us an interesting tidbit. According to him, right now they are hard at work on a new Behind the Scenes reel for The Last Jedi, which will be the first footage that we will see from the movie. This means that there will be no teaser trailer before Celebration. All rumors on the web with earlier dates are not accurate, as are the reports with teaser descriptions. While a BTS reel premiering during Celebration is not surprising at all, since they did pretty much the same for The Force Awakens and Rogue One, it is interesting that we will be heading into Celebration without any TLJ footage released before. That is of course if we don’t count the brief start of production video that Lucasfilm released back in February.
So, when can we expect the first The Last Jedi teaser? The following is just a speculation on our part based on the quote above from our source. First, here are all the previous trailers, teasers, and BTS reels released for the previous movies for reference:
TFA Teaser – November 28
TFA Teaser 2 – April 16 (Celebration)
TFA BTS – July 10 (SDCC)
TFA Trailer – October 19
Rogue One Teaser – April 7
Rogue One BTS + Teaser (only for the attendees) – July 15 (Celebration)
Rogue One Full Trailer – August 11
Rogue One Final Trailer – October 13
As you can see from the list above, April has been the month for Star Wars teasers. TFA teaser in November is an understandable exception, since it was the first Star Wars movie we were getting in more than a decade. We have to keep in mind also that for some time now many Hollywood insiders have been hearing that a teaser for The Last Jedi has been in the works since late November 2016. So, knowing the fact from our source that the BTS reel will be the first The Last Jedi footage shown, we speculate that during the same event a new teaser will be shown as well – pretty much what they did with Rogue One. The big difference now is that we don’t have a teaser going into Celebration, like we did for Rogue One. This leads us to speculate that if we get a teaser during Celebration in addition to the BTS reel, it will not be screened only for the fans in the hall, but for everyone.
Although we are confident in the part our source told us, still treat this as rumor for now. It has been demonstrated many times over that plans can change. I always like to give the example that Disney had a plan to attach a Rogue One teaser to The Force Awakens, but decided against it in the last minute. We will all find out the truth soon enough as Star Wars: Celebration is just 69 days away!
Tell us what you think in the comments below. Do you like the idea of getting both a BTS reel and teaser for The Last Jedi together during Celebration rather than an earlier date?