By Devan Coggan
November 15, 2017 at 08:00 AM EST

Stay on target.

It’s been four decades since the original Star Wars introduced us to a galaxy far, far away, and now the eighth installment in the Skywalker saga will soon be hitting theaters. Writer-director Rian Johnson is joining the series with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and with less than a month to go, EW has you covered with a Jedi-specific countdown clock.

The Last Jedi picks up where 2015’s The Force Awakens left off, with Rey (Daisy Ridley) coming face to face with the exiled Jedi Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, and the late Carrie Fisher are all returning for the new installment, and they’re joined by new characters played by Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro, and Kelly Marie Tran.

“The very first step in the writing of this was figuring out why [Luke is] on that island,” Johnson told EW earlier this year. “We know that he is not a coward. He’s not just hiding because he’s scared. But we also know that he must know his friends are in danger. He must know the galaxy needs him. And he’s sitting on this island in the middle of nowhere. There had to be an answer. 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.”

The clock ends Dec. 15, when The Last Jedi hits theaters. Check out all of EW’s Star Wars coverage here.

  • Movie
  • PG-13
release date
  • 12/15/17
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