'Last Jedi' Director Refutes Reports He Told Fans to Ignore New Trailer

"Seems to be a whole bunch of clickbaity jiggery pokery going around," Rian Johnson wrote.
Courtesy of Lucasfilm (Still); Getty Images (Johnson)
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'; Rian Johnson (inset)

On what should have been an exciting day for a Star Wars director, Rian Johnson had to take some time to refute stories that claimed he told fans to ignore the second trailer for The Last Jedi.

The second full trailer for the next Star Wars installment dropped tonight during ESPN's Monday Night Football, and fans were in a tizzy for another look at the highly anticipated Disney film, which is set to come out Dec. 15. 

On Sunday, Johnson was asked on Twitter if fans should avoid the new trailer to remain spoiler free. This was Johnson's response: "I [am] legitimately torn. If you want to come in clean, absolutely avoid it. But it’s gooooood...."

Here's the trailer:

Some news outlets ran a little too wild with the remarks, it seems, and Johnson had to reply. 

"That wording is misleading - I said IF you want to come in totally 100% clean, avoid the trailer," the director responded to an Entertainment Weekly tweet that read, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi director suggests fans should 'absolutely avoid' new trailer to stay spoiler-free"

The Daily Express also tweeted that Johnson said to avoid the trailer, to which Johnson responded, "Nope, I did not. Seems to be a whole bunch of clickbaity jiggery pokery going around." 

The filmmaker added Monday: "FWIW: I love that there are folks who want to come into a movie clean, I think that’s awesome. Me, I’m a weak man. I watch ALL THE TRAILERS"

Advance tickets for the film also go on sale Monday night. Ahead of the trailer, a new poster was revealed:

A sliver of the second trailer was tweeted by the official Star Wars account as a tease over the weekend.

Mark Hamill also shared the small tease, joking it didn't come from him, a reference to the Luke Skywalker actor previously jumping the gun, tweeting, then deleting, that a new trailer would drop in October during Monday Night Football.

So far, there had only been a single trailer for the upcoming space adventure movie.

The Last Jedi stars Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Lupita Nyong'o.

Oct. 9: 7:05 p.m. Updated to include the trailer.

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