The Unauthorized Guide to ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ – By Don Steinberg Updated Nov. 30, 2017 1:06 p.m. ET

Daisy Ridley stars as Rey in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi.’ LUCASFILM LTD.

The eighth episode of the Star Wars saga, “The Last Jedi,” opens on Dec. 14. For those who’d like a quick primer without all the hype, behold some key, little-known facts:

A Déjà Vu Preview

The previous entry in the series, “The Force Awakens,” contained so many familiar story elements, some critics said it played like a cover version of the original “Star Wars.”

It featured secret information hidden in a droid, which gets separated from its master. On a desert planet, the droid is discovered by an orphan who may have the power of the Force and joins the underdog heroes in a galactic battle. There’s a brand new wisecracking pilot. Another father and son have it out. Someone quips “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” And the good guys must thread the needle to find the one weakness of a giant, deadly space station.

The details of ‘The Last Jedi” have been under wraps, but here’s a short preview of what we expect to be all-too-familiar:













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