Star Wars: The Last Jedi reveals a brand new planet

Ian Sandwell
Photo credit: Lucasfilm

From Digital Spy

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will introduce fans to a brand new planet that plays a "key role" in the film.

One of the first trailer's most arresting images comes in a brief glimpse of speeders flying across a white planet, kicking up a red mist as they race across the surface towards what look like AT-ATs in the distance.

Talking to EW, writer/director Rian Johnson has revealed that the name of this new world is Crait.

"It's way out there. It's very remote. It's uncharted. It's a mineral planet and so there are mines on it," he explained, adding that the world allows for "beautiful design elements and I hope some really unique ones that we're able to bring into it".

Sounds a bit like Hoth to us, but this white crust isn't snow – it's salt and the red material is a "mineral base".

Photo credit: Lucasfilm

And it turns out that Crait is the site of "an old rebel base there that's now abandoned" which ends up "playing a key role" in the film, with the Resistance fighters on the planet to deal with "a very pressing and immediate threat".

This could mean that the events on Crait are part of the reason that "things are going to get dire" in The Last Jedi, as Johnson warned during the film's panel at Star Wars Celebration.

That panel also saw Daisy Ridley talk about Luke and Rey's relationship, John Boyega tease Finn's journey in the film, the gorgeous poster unveiled and our first look at new character Rose.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is released on December 15.

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