The Force Awakens introduced us to Jakku, D’Qar, Takodana, and Starkiller Base (well maybe not that one…) but now, get ready to welcome Crait to the Star Wars universe when it makes its bow in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Crait joins another planet, Ahch-To, as another local that will be integral to the plot. Speaking to EW, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson confirmed to EW that Crait is one of the new planets glimpsed in The Last Jedi trailer, specifically the one with a white surface. So what makes Crait different or unique? “It’s way out there. It’s uncharted. It’s a mineral planet and so there are mines on it,” according to Johnson. The filmmaker also says that Crait “ends up playing a key role in the movie” and was once the location of a Rebel Alliance base that has since been abandoned.
Our only glimpse of Crait in the latest teaser trailer is when the new land speeders are racing towards a pack of AT-ATs (or the new AT-4Xs) and scrape the surface of Crait to unearth a trailer of red dust behind them. Perhaps the ensuing battle has something to do with the minerals being mined by the Resistance? Are they funding the Resistance or is there something other else to the minerals that would make them desirable to the First Order?
According to Screen Rant, who are quoting rumours, the mineral Crait houses is being used to help fund the Resistance. It is also said that these same minerals are the new walkers’ kryptonite in a way, which could explain why the speeders are striking the ground. It would not be a wise battle strategy to have bright red dust follow your vehicles, but if this same dust could retroactively harm their enemies, it may be a risk worth taking.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will arrive in Cinemas on December 15th 2017