The anticipation for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has reached fever pitch with just one week left to go before the eighth chapter of the Skywalker saga hits theaters.
According to international social media analytics firm Talkwalker, there were nearly one million mentions of the The Last Jedi on social media over the last week and more than 3.6 million over the last month. On November 17, Lucasfilm’s channels and the cast of the new film managed 175,000 mentions across social media platforms. DisneyParks also announced the planet name for Galaxy Edge’s, which Lucasfilm shared, gaining 150,000 likes on the official Star Wars Instagram account.
December 2 was another peak for The Last Jedi with over 158,000 posts on social media. Lucasfilm film teased the upcoming film two weeks out from its release with a promotional teaser that was viewed more than 380,000 times. Finn himself, John Boyega had also revealed the night before that he was on his way to see the film for the first time, which received over 23,000 likes and almost 2,000 retweets.
Yesterday, Lucasfilm held a Red Carpet event in Tokyo as part of the film’s press tour in Japan, drawing 160,000 posts online. Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz took to Twitter to share his excitement (and anxiety) for the upcoming release, which saw more than 10,000 reactions as other fans shared their feelings about the movie.
For the last week, the top emojis and top 10 hashtags online have been Rey at number one with the #ReyDay hashtag with 20,698 mentions, followed by #Rey with 6,923. Darth Vader’s presence still looms greatly over the sequel trilogy as the deceased Sith Lord was mentioned just over 13,000 times. Daisy Ridley herself came in third as the most popular hashtag as #DaisyRidley was mentioned 12,535 times followed by #KyloRen with 6,812 mentions and Jedi Master #LukeSkywalker with 6,783 mentions.
Other notable mentions include a tweet from the official Star Wars Twitter account to Mark Hamill that referenced Tommy Wiseau’s The Room, totaling over 85,000 mentions reactions. Hamill also received over 47,000 reactions when he tweeted out a video of himself surprising fans at the Star Tours attraction at Disneyland. The official Star Wars account also posted the video, totaling more than 38,000 reactions.
The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran, Lupita Nyong’o, and Andy Serkis. Here’s the official synopsis:
In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past. Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in U.S. theaters on December 15, 2017.
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5 Ways ‘The Last Jedi’ Links To Greater ‘Star Wars’ Canon
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is right around the corner. The film is the next chapter in the ongoing Skywalker saga. It’s also unique in the Star Wars films as it is the first one to be an immediate sequel to its predecessor. But that does not mean there won’t be plenty of Easter eggs for fans of the greater Star Wars canon to pick up on and enjoy.
One of the biggest criticisms about the previous Star Wars canon, now dubbed Legends, is that ancillary material never connected. Since Disney has taken over and the establishment of the Star Wars Story Group, that has all changed. The modus operandi has been to have everything connect but not in an intrusive way– one that feels more natural to reward the more hardcore fans as well as to intrigue new fans.
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