Now, 40 years after George Lucas debuted “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” and two years after “The Force Awakens” introduced a colorful array of new and returning heroes and villains to the most enduring film franchise in Hollywood history, “The Last Jedi” hits screens with even more fresh faces joining the fray.
From Jedi legends to rebel scum to devious dark siders, are 13 characters you need to know going into the latest episode in the four-decade franchise.
English actress Daisy Ridley is back as Rey, the Force-sensitive scavenger-turned-resistance fighter heroine of “The Force Awakens.” We last saw her trekking to the remote island home of M.I.A. Jedi master Luke Skywalker, lightsaber in hand, with unanswered questions about her long-lost parents and her own destiny.
Now, after linking up with new bestie/hero Finn in “The Force Awakens,” Poe must learn to lead in “The Last Jedi,” with and without his trusty droid BB-8 by his side.
Leia Organa’s journey through the “Star Wars” films has taken her from princess to senator to general, and “The Last Jedi” sees the grande dame of the galaxy steadfastly leading what remains of the Resistance.
“The Last Jedi” picks up w its predecessor left off as Rey, with the help of Chewbacca and the Millennium Falcon, tracks down a much-changed Skywalker at a crucial make-or-break moment for the Resistance.
Carrie Fisher’s real-life daughter, Billie Lourd, also reprises her “Star Wars” role in “The Last Jedi,” bringing her young Resistance officer Lt. Kaydel Ko Connix back with more screen time and expanded duties, facing down the First Order’s menacing advances as a member of Leia’s rebel army.
These merchandising-ready creatures dominated “The Last Jedi” promotional campaign.