Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser and poster have us excited for one reason...

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Yes, you'll have already seen the Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser a dozen times, but hey, why not go watch it again. When you come back we'll tell you what has us most excited about both this teaser and the film's first official poster...

So, you've now rewatched that teaser and seen the poster above, THE biggest thing we can take from it is summed up in THIS tweet:

Star Wars has always had strong women at its core, but they've never been the main character. From Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia to Natalie Portman's Queen Amidala, they've always had massively important roles that are still secondary to the lead. Here, Daisy Ridley's Rey is the most important character in the film and the symbolism that places her between the light of Luke Skywalker and dark of Kylo Ren is an important and effective message to fans.

Say what you like about Disney, but since they took on the franchise they've made huge strides that have empowered women within the Star Wars universe. We're excited to see what Kelly Marie Tran's character brings to the franchise and let's not forget that Laura Dern is also joining the cast. We can even see a beefed up role for Gwendoline Christie's Captain Phasma this time around.

Star Wars has always been a saga for everyone, but the new trilogy has given one of the most important role models to the next generation of both girls AND boys. Seeing a strong woman leading the biggest film franchise in history is an amazing thing and something that Kathleen Kennedy, JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson should be hugely proud of.

December can't come soon enough...

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Last updated: 06/08/2018 12:01:57

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Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams.

A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One and 2017 will see the second film in the new trilogy, Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi.

Another spin-off will be released in 2018 - Solo - which tells the story of Han Solo before the original Star Wars film and 2019 will round off the third trilogy with the untitled Episode IX.

A fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson and they will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.

In addition, there are the TV series The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and a new as yet untitled live action series due to debut some time after 2020.

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