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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- While we're still waiting for the first full trailer for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," Entertainment Weekly is giving fans a glimpse of the next chapter set in that galaxy far, far away.
The magazine's upcoming Fall Movie Preview issue features two covers: one of a seemingly bitter Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) cloaked in a Jedi robe, and another of Rey (Daisy Ridley), the scavenger with Force powers wielding Luke's old lightsaber.
Inside the issue's pages and as well as online, there's a gallery of never-before-seen photos from the set. We see Finn (John Boyega) piloting a ship, our first peek at the casino planet Canto Bight, Rian Johnson directing the late Carrie Fisher in her final role, and more.
The cover story sets the stage for the beginning of the film. Rey finds Luke a broken man, isolated with an overwhelming sense of guilt who's not all that happy to see her.
"The fact that Luke says [in the teaser], 'I only know one truth. It's time for the Jedi to end... I mean, that's a pretty amazing statement for someone who was the symbol of hope and optimism in the original films," Hamill tells Entertainment Weekly.
The icy reception Luke gives Rey isn't something she expected or was prepared for.
"'Oh my God, this other man that I lost within a couple days was somewhat of a father figure," Ridley says of her character's headspace in the early part of the film. "Now he's gone, and instead I'm with this grumpy guy on an island who doesn't want me here.'"
Director Johnson sets it up this way:
"The very first step in the writing of this was figuring out why he's on that island," he says. "It had to be something where Luke Skywalker believes he's doing the right thing - and the process of figuring out what that is and unpacking it is the journey for Rey."
Other juicy tidbits from the cover story:
- Luke blames himself for Kylo Ren turning to the dark side and questions his connection to The Force.
- To help him get into the right frame of mind, Hamill talked extensively with Johnson about what happened to Luke after "Return of the Jedi."
- Rey will learn more about her past, who her parents were and why they abandoned her. "As she tries to pick up her own pieces, she may find they fit together well with the remnants of Luke Skywalker. Working together, they may become whole again," the story teases ominously.
- When Finn wakes up, he doesn't want any part of the Resistance. He just wants leave and perhaps find Rey.
- But instead he encounters Rose (Kelly Marie Tran), a "nobody" working as a mechanic for the Resistance who sees Finn as a hero.
- Together, they go on a mission to Canto Bight, which Johnson describes as "Vegas with aliens."
- We'll learn more about Supreme Leader Snoke, who will appear in the flesh, not just by hologram. And check out his badass guards:
- Judging by this photo, a Porg -- those cuddly Penguin-like creatures of Ahch-To -- stows away aboard the Millennium Falcon
- Porgs aren't the only creatures on Ahch-To. Meet 'The Caretakers.'
The Entertainment Weekly issue hits newsstands on Friday. "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" lands in theaters December 15.
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