Now that we’ve almost reached the point when two hands is all it’ll take to count the days until The Last Jedi finally appears in theaters, the frenzy over any fresh piece of information is such that we’ll repeatedly freeze a video just for the precious few seconds of new footage it contains.
Such is the case with the third international trailer for The Last Jedi, which shows off a barely-there early peek at Canto Bight — the Star Wars universe’s upscale, more-sophisticated version of gritty, ramshackle Mos Eisley.
The new international trailer is essentially a compendium of stuff we’ve already seen, although it’s stitched together in a way that does lend the overarching narrative a bit more oomph. But when the new stuff kicks in at the 1:55 marker, a tide of what we think are the film’s new fathier creatures comes storming through the opulent stained glass windows of one of Canto Bight’s casinos.
Okay, okay — we don’t know for sure that it’s a casino. But director Rian Johnson is on record describing the new location as a playground for the wealthy, telling Vanity Fair that Canto Bight is “a Star Wars Monte Carlo–type environment, a little James Bond–ish, a little To Catch a Thief,” and that it's a place intended to portray “luxury and wealth” in the far away galaxy.
Like Mos Eisley on Tatooine, Canto Bight is located on its own desert planet — the newly-introduced Cantonica. Home to a massive, artificially-created ocean, Cantonica and Canto Bight, says Johnson, represent a luxe retreat for snooty elites who probably need some kind of karmic comeuppance.
“I was thinking, O.K., let’s go ultra-glamour,” Johnson continued. “Let’s create a playground, basically, for rich a**holes.”
Well, in this clip at least, those “rich a**holes” get a rude awakening (presumably). It’s only a few more days until we know why when The Last Jedi opens wide on Dec. 15.