‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Director Talks Porgs & Carrie Fisher’s Role

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

We finally got to see a full-length trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and now director Rian Johnson is addressing the exciting new things that fans have witnessed.

In an interview with Yahoo, Johnson addressed several aspects of the sequel that can be seen in the trailer. First, he addressed the adorable creatures that will soon be added to everyone’s holiday wishlist, the Porgs, which were inspired by puffins found on Skellig Michael Island, the location introduced at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens where Rey finds Luke.

“Are you sick of them yet? I was like, ‘Oh, this is part of the island; we need to find the Star Wars version of this, and then just story-wise — not that they play a big part in the story — but I knew I wanted to find any source of comic relief I could on the island. And so they were very useful in terms of that. It wasn’t until we got the actual puppets on set and the whole crew reacted with ‘Oh my God, they’re adorable!’ and also then a few people in the crew were giving them that suspicious side-eye of ‘These are cute, but are they too cute?’ But the overwhelming reaction on set was everybody loved the porgs. And I love ’em, so you know what? I get it if people are a little wary of cuteness in the Star Wars universe, but I personally love them, and I think they have their place in the movie.”

In the trailer, we also see General Leia Organa in the literal crosshairs of her son, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), a character who already has a history of parent murdering. This being Carrie Fisher’s last appearance as Leia, the question is, is this a misdirect or our first glimpse of the character’s planned send-off in the film? We will not know until December, but the director did speak about working with the iconic actress in what will be her final performance.

Calling Fisher “one of my heroes,” Johnson spoke about how tremendously beneficial she was for him to the entire filmmaking process, stating:

“She was so conscious of the place that Leia had, not just broadly in the culture, but very specifically in terms of girls who grew up watching Star Wars when Leia was the only female hero on the screen. She really wanted to do right by that, drawing the character forward. That was something that she would always be pulling us back to. And for me it was fantastic, because besides all the other benefits of having a fantastic writer like Carrie there by my side while we’re making this movie, just having a voice that was like a compass needle that would always pull it back in the right direction of, This is what this character means and this is what we always have to make sure that she’s serving, with her strength and also with her weaknesses — showing a fully realized character who is going to be inspiring to the folks who grew up with Leia.”

Finally, Johnson also spoke about the unusual (for him) process of making sure certain spoilers do not get out into the world before the film’s release:

“A year ago, maybe even more than that, my producer Ram [Bergman] and I sat down with the folks at Lucasfilm and said, ‘OK, this is what we’re going to reveal here and there, and this stuff we’re never going to reveal until the movie comes out.’ We came up with a ‘no-fly list’ of, under no circumstances is this shown or that shown. It is a fascinating process. It’s something that for me, just having been a fan my whole life, suddenly being behind the curtain and seeing how it works and seeing how deliberate it is, has been really fascinating.”

The next chapter in the Star Wars saga will be Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the film stars 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.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15, 2017.

Source: Yahoo

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Star Wars The Last Jedi Daisy Ridley ReyWhen credits rolled on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, people began to wonder as to what the sequel was going to be about. The end of the movie left a lot of questions in the air that need to be answered. Who are Rey’s parents? What exactly was Luke doing on that planet? Where does the galaxy go from here on out? The thing guaranteed is that Star Wars was finally back and here to stay. Eventually the sequel was announced as being named The Last Jedi.

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Jeff Grantz is an Atlanta-based writer, filmmaker and host of The Amazing Nerdiverse Podcast (on iTunes and YouTube).