‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Director On Carrie Fisher & The Extra Scene Rian Johnson Shot

Star WarsThough Star Wars: The Last Jedi is still roughly six months away from being released, fans are still eager to hear news on Episode IX, particularly concerning how production will move forward without the late Carrie Fisher. In an interview with the Irish Examiner, Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow reflected on the loss of Carrie Fisher, clarified reports on the footage he requested from The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, and discussed the importance of filming on locations.

Trevorrow discussed how the team behind the film will try to honor Carrie Fisher:

“She had a major role in the film and it’s something we had to deal with emotionally at first. Now we’ve had to deal with it in very practical ways and in a form of storytelling we know is going to honour her and keep her soul alive, but it is an unfortunate reality that we’re just going to have to handle. It’s been tough emotionally – and logistically we’ll figure that part out, but she was just very important to the Star Wars family and that was the hardest part.”

Trevorrow also addressed reports on how he got director Rian Johnson to film an extra scene for The Last Jedi, explaining that the footage consists of a small moment rather than an entire sequence:

“Not even a whole scene, just a tiny little moment. But it’s amazing how tiny moments can be… I think that’s almost become a right of passage now, for each director to ask for just one little thing. What that is to me is representative of how collaborative the Lucasfilm environment is. Now that Rian is finishing his film I definitely check in with him as much as I can.”

Trevorrow also discussed the importance of filming on locations and why Ireland is perfectly suited to be used in a Star Wars film:

“I think what’s most important about the locations in Star Wars is that they connect us to something on our planet that is elemental and deeply recognizable as a space that humans have set foot on and feels real, and yet has a little bit of the element of the other-worldly, and has an almost-spiritual connection to the earth. And I think that Ireland, especially the island that we used in the film, has that. It’s slightly hyper-real, yet we know it’s really there.”

Are you excited for the next two chapters of the main Star Wars saga? Share your thoughts below!

Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran and Benicio del Toro.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released in theaters on December 15, 2017.

Source: Irish Examiner [1,2]

10 Best Moments From The ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Teaser Trailer

The Last Jedi 1The wait is finally over, folks. The first trailer for the eagerly-anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiered at Star Wars Celebration Orlando to rapturous applause. Now that the world has been given an official first look at what happens following the events of The Force Awakens, let’s rundown through 10 of the best moments from this incredible trailer.

These moments will range from what new story details have been revealed to just plain exciting moments of cinematic wonder that only a film series like Star Wars can conjure up. So without further ado, let’s rundown 10 highlights from this new trailer.

1. Ahch-To at sunset

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In one of the first shots from the trailer, we get this gorgeous image of the island we last left Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on. We already saw how director J.J. Abrams visually caught the imagery of this beautiful island, but seeing Rian Johnson’s unique aesthetic capture the environment already sets an exciting precedent for what is certainly going to be one of the most visually dynamic Star Wars films yet.

2. Kylo remnants

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In this shot, we see the crushed up remains of the mask of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). When we last left him, we see him vulnerable after his embarrassing loss against Rey in their incredible lightsaber duel. Now, Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) is ready to help Kylo Ren complete his training. Does this crushed mask symbolize a new transformation for the character?

3. A mysterious book

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We then get a close up of a gloved hand gently surveying this mysterious book. From the looks of it, it looks related to the Jedi. But could this be the Journal of the Whills? Is this book used by Luke as a reference in Rey’s training? Perhaps we will have to wait and see.

4. Lightsaber training

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“It’s so much bigger.”

This incredible helicopter shot around the island is truly beautiful. We see Rey swinging around her lightsaber as she continues her training with Luke. She’s only getting a hint at the true scope of what the Force really is all about, and she still has no idea at how big her journey will truly get.

5. AT-ATs on the horizon?

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We see three ships piloting down some interesting terrain on an unknown planet. The design of these ships is intriguing, but if you look closely at this shot you can see what looks like AT-AT walkers on the horizon. Much like how The Force Awakens paid tribute to A New Hope, perhaps The Last Jedi finds ways to pay tribute to The Empire Strikes Back. 

6. Still asleep…

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Finn (John Boyega) was left in a coma after suffering a major blow in a lightsaber duel against Kylo Ren. This is the only shot we get of him in the trailer, but it looks like he has been transferred to some sort of rehabilitation chamber. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see the former stormtrooper in action, but perhaps they are saving some of his exciting adventures for the next trailer. Hopefully, he won’t be taking a backseat. After all, he is one of our new heroes in this trilogy.

7. Poe & BB-8 on the run

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The dashing Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and his trusty droid BB-8 are shown running through a Resistance base as a major attack has been unleashed. As they run towards their X-Wing, a major explosion occurs. We don’t get to see if their X-Wing survives the explosion, but this one helluva pilot is certainly going to shine in The Last Jedi. 

8. Falcon takes flight

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There is no such thing as too many Millennium Falcon shots. We see the iconic ship soaring through the cloudy skies as TIE Fighters are shooting towards it. Rey took the Falcon along with Chewbacca and R2-D2 to Ach-To to find Luke. Maybe the four of them eventually escape the island at some point in the film.

9. Ben
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Here, we have an intimidating shot of Kylo Ren with his lightsaber ignited towards the camera. Is he ready to duel against Rey again? Or maybe he’s about to fight against his uncle Luke Skywalker… Who knows, but he’s certainly not going to embarrass himself this time around.

10. “It’s time for the Jedi to end.”

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In what will undoubtedly be the most quoted line in this trailer, Luke laments to Rey that the Jedi must come to an end. Daisy Ridley expressed during the panel that sometimes, meeting your own heroes may lead you to different directions. This quote is certainly an indication that something’s up with Luke. But what? Looks like we’ll have to wait until December 15 to get all the answers (and perhaps even more questions).

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will arrive in our galaxy on December 15.

Sebastian Peris

Sebastian Peris

Canadian film lover, comic book geek, political junkie and board game enthusiast.

  • Darthmanwe

    How about you get to make the movie first, then you can release comments on what you missed by not having Carrie Fisher around, no?

    At this point, the ground under Trevorrow must feel like quicksand.

    • Ruben C Barron

      First, he never says anything about what he missed by not having her there. Also, he didn’t release these comments. These are from an interview published by someone else and released as part of press that is done for movies well in advance of release. Lastly, he’s making the movie right now. Just because he isn’t filming doesn’t mean he’s not currently making the movie. Movies take years to make, not just the months of shooting.

      • Darthmanwe

        Yea well, in this case, Kennedy is starting to give me serious ‘safety safety safety’ vibes, so I’ll see it when he actually rolls camera.