What Will Be In ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, And What Won’t Be

Star Wars: The Last JediThe latest issue of Vanity Fair has rolled out a ton of interesting Star Wars Episode: The Last Jedi news as a part of their commemoration of the franchise’s 40th anniversary. The magazine has provided extensive coverage on the next installment of the Skywalker saga which has brought to light plenty of interesting reveals as far as what to expect and what not to expect from the film.

We’ve already learned about the new opulent casino city Canto Bright as well as new details regarding Kelly Marie Tran’s role as Rose Tico along with the reveals for who Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro are playing. But the latest bit of coverage has revealed that the film will feature the most alien creatures ever created for a single Star Wars film, courtesy of visual effects designer Neal Scanlan (who previously worked on both The Force Awakens and Rogue One). It was noted that most of the creatures were designed for Canto Bight, although there’s a key creature design that he made for Ahch-To, the planet where Luke Skywalker made a pilgrimage to, which director Rian Johnson has confirmed are not Ewoks.

It has also been revealed that the film will feature more practical sets than we saw in Star Wars: The Force AwakensRogue One: A Star Wars Story, or even the Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story spinoff which is currently in production, however, it’s not clear if the sets built for the project exceed the number of sets that were built for any of the Original Trilogy movies.

In addition to learning what will be in The Last Jedi, we’ve also learned what not to expect from the film. It was revealed earlier today that no romantic subplot, or at least not one that will be central to the movie’s narrative. While some fans were clamoring for Rey/Kylo Ren relationship or one for Finn/Poe Dameron, it seems like these two ideas are explicitly being tossed to the dust bin from the way the article was written.

There will not be any alien characters in major roles outside of the ones that have already been introduced in The Force Awakens (Maz Kanata and Snoke) or earlier (Chewbacca). It’s already been noted that Supreme Leader Snoke will be largely mysterious in The Last Jedi (much like how Emperor Palpatine was shrouded in mystery for every Original Trilogy movie but Return of the Jedi), but as it stands, human characters will continue to carry the narrative forward.

No song by Lin-Manuel Miranda will be included this time around. The Hamilton and Moana songwriter wrote and performed a Huttese-based number as background music for Maz Kanata’s watering hole in The Force Awakens. In addition, Nathan Johnson (director Rian Johnson’s cousin) offered to provide a few musical cues for the John Williams score, but it was deemed that this wouldn’t be necessary as Williams would be providing the entirety of the score.

Explicit political allegories tied to contemporary issues will also be absent from the film so don’t expect anything as on-the-nose as a thinly-veiled Trump-bashing scene akin to the Bush jab in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (“If you are not with me, then you are my enemy!”). Johnson feels that bringing in politics would cause needless divisiveness among fans which is rather prudent considering the manufactured controversy that happened when a fake news story asserted that some anti-Trump scenes were added to Rogue One during the reshoots, even though said reshoots were meant to overhaul the film’s third act and they happened before Trump’s upset electoral college win. This led to an attempted boycott of Star Wars, which failed miserably.

There will not be a clear answer as to whether or not Finn is able to tap into the Force either. Don’t expect to see Finn wielding a lightsaber either, although the door is still open for the character to use a melee weapon. However, those who want Finn to have Force powers shouldn’t lose hope, as John Boyega is under the impression that it could still go either way come Star Wars: Episode IX which we learned yesterday will go into production in January as it targets a May 2019 release date.

In any case, it’s good to know that we’ll be going into The Last Jedi with a better idea of what to expect than we did going into The Force Awakens.

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi will rise on December 15, 2017. The movie’s cast includes Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Armitage Hux, Benicio Del Toro as “DJ”, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and Jimmy Vee as R2-D2.

Source: Vanity Fair

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.

Grant Davis

Grant Davis

A Texan freelance writer with interests in Star Wars, superhero movies, and entertainment in general.