The first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has arrived and Skellig Michael in Kerry takes centre stage once again as exiled Luke Skywalker reveals that he's in no mood to rejoin the rebellion against the resurgent First Order. 

The trailer was launched by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and head of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy. at this year's Star Wars: Celebration event, which is taking place in Florida to mark the 40th Anniversary of the release of Star Wars: A New Hope.

The two-minute teaser begins with Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, apparently clambering over the cliff edge where she faced Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) at the end of the last instalment, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

It also appears to give a short glimpse from behind of the late actress Carrie Fisher, who filmed a reprise of her role as Princess Leia before her death last year.

She died aged 60 in December after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

Its new trailer already promises more dramatic battle scenes as well as some stunning scenery shots and the famous original score.

The Disney production is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman.

Disney's chief executive Bob Iger recently assured fans that further images of Fisher would not be digitally recreated for the film.

He told a University of Southern California conference: "Her performance, which we're really pleased with, remains as it was."

The follow up to 2015's hugely successful Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the latest instalment of the enduring space opera will be released on December 15.

Tourism Ireland is attending the Star Wars fan convention this weekend to promote Ireland's connection to one of the biggest movies of the year and to publicise the Wild Atlantic Way.

CEO of Tourism Ireland Niall Gibbons said: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens broke box office records around the world in late 2015, bringing the magnificent scenery of Skellig Michael and the Wild Atlantic Way to the attention of millions of people everywhere.

"The fact that Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, due for release this December, was also shot on location along the Wild Atlantic Way is another fantastic coup for Irish tourism - and we’re absolutely delighted that the Wild Atlantic Way features so heavily in the first peek of the next episode, released today."