The 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 Awakens, Rogue 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