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Meet the stars of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

Check out these pictures of the new faces, old faves and new worlds in Episode VIII of the Star Wars saga.

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Richard Trenholm
Richard Trenholm was CNET's film and TV editor, covering the big screen, small screen and streaming. A member of the Film Critic's Circle, he's covered technology and culture from London's tech scene to Europe's refugee camps to the Sundance film festival.
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"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" stars a mix of familiar faces from the original saga, returning characters from "The Force Awakens", and brand new characters. Check out these official photos.

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Rey, played by Daisy Ridley has sought out Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill.

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Luke Skywalker recognises Rey's strength in the Force... and it scares him.

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Finn, played by John Boyega, takes the controls of a Ski Speeder.

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Finn has come a long way since ditching the evil First Order.

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Dashing pilot Poe Dameron, played by Oscar Isaac.

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Poe leaps into action.

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The faithful droid BB-8 follows Poe into the fray.

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Space is the place for BB-8.

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"The Last Jedi" features the last performance by Carrie Fisher as General Leia.

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Another old friends returns: Chewbacca, played by Joonas Suotamo.

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And the original faithful droid, R2-D2, makes an appearance.

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Prepare to boo the villains of "The Last Jedi", the evil First Order.

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Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver, leads the First Order into battle.

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After committing a terrible betrayal in the previous film, Kylo Ren continues his evil ways.

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Gwendoline Christie once again dons the helmet of Stormtrooper leader Captain Phasma.

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Let's hope Phasma has more to do than in "The Force Awakens".

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Phasma has a rematch with her former subordinate Finn.

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Domhnall Gleeson sports 1977-style sideboards as the callous General Hux.

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"The Last Jedi" is full of new faces too. Meet Kelly Marie Tran as Rose, a member of the Resistance.

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The rebel Rose spends a lot of time hanging out with Finn.

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Laura Dern takes charge of the Resistance as Vice Admiral Holdo.

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How cool does Laura Dern look?

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Benicio del Toro joins the cast as a hacker called DJ, but whose side is he on?

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And finally, meet the cute new creatures called Porgs.

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These new aliens are called Caretakers. But taking care of what?

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Echoing the scarlet-clad Imperial guards of the original saga, these sleek soldiers are the Praetorian Guard.

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The colour crimson is a visual motif throughout "The Last Jedi".

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Rey fires up her lightsaber.

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Kylo Ren's three-pronged lightsaber will taste action too.

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Rey races to train with Luke Skywalker.

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These scenes were filmed on the beautiful isle of Skellig -- take a tour of the remote and haunting landscape.

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The lightsaber is handed over... but will Luke be the last Jedi of the title, or is Rey destined to take his place?

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Rey trains hard.

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Luke faces the destiny of the Jedi.

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Rose and Finn bet big in a cosmic casino.

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The First Order attack: AT-M6 walkers charge, with Kylo Renn's Shuttle swooping in.

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The Resistance face the First Order on the arid planet Crait.

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Where there's smoke...

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Another new location, called Canto Bight.

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The Millennium Falcon takes on some enemy fighters.

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General Leia surveys the scene.

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It isn't long before director Rian Johnson orchestrates a proper Star Wars space battle.

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Poe's Resistance X-Wing joins the battle.

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Kylo Ren gets his own custom fighter, the TIE Silencer.

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Poe's X-Wing flies towards the dreaded Dreadnaught.

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The Millennium Falcon is chased by First Order TIE Fighters.

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Rey does some watery brooding.

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Luke does some cave brooding.

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Kylo Ren does some emo brooding.

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Episode VIII of the Star Wars saga, "The Last Jedi", opens on 14 December around the world.

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