Star Wars The Last Jedi Documentary

If you’re not lucky enough to be at South by Southwest film festival this week, then you’re missing out on the world premiere of the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi production documentary The Director and the Jedi. Directed by Anthony Wonke, the feature-length film gives fans an extensive and in-depth look behind the scenes of the latest entry in the Star Wars saga, and you can watch the first 12 minutes of the movie right now.

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Solo millennium falcon standee

What would it be like to ride in the cockpit alongside Han Solo, Chewie, and Lando Calrissian? You’ll probably never know, but at least you’ll get a little taste of it thanks to a new Solo: A Star Wars Story cardboard standee.

The Solo Millennium Falcon standee was revealed by Disney last week, previewing the cockpit of Han Solo’s famous spacecraft just as it’s about the jump into hyperspace.

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The Director and the Jedi documentary

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be hitting Blu-ray very soon. Nestled among the many special features is a documentary called The Director and the Jedi, which provides an intimate look at the making of the latest Star Wars film. New The Director and the Jedi details are revealed below.

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Michael K. Williams Solo Character

Michael K. Williams will not be appearing in Solo: A Star Wars Story. The Wire actor was unable to commit to the massive reshoots undertaken by Ron Howard, and his part was re-cast with Paul Bettany. Now, Williams is revealing some details about his character. As Williams tells it, his character was ” half mountain lion, half human.”

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Star Wars The Last Jedi featurette

A wobbly ship flies into frame, scratching the top of what appears to be an icy white planet. But as soon as it makes contact, it tears a gash in the ground, revealing the deep red hue beneath the salty surface. This was our first look at Crait, a new planet imagined by writer/director Rian Johnson and brought to life in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

A new featurette for the film (unlocked by today’s #JediDay Twitter promotion) has debuted, and this one examines how Johnson’s team created that world. Plus, /Film speaks with the film’s special effects supervisor, who gives us even more insight into the work that went into achieving the final result. Read More »

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Jon Favreau

In the future, everyone will get their own Star Wars. Now, it’s Jon Favreau‘s turn. The director behind Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Jungle Book, Zathura, and Elf has been hired to write and executive produce a new live-action Star Wars television series for Disney’s upcoming streaming service.

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the last jedi rashomon

(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films that inspired George Lucas’ iconic universe. In this edition: Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon.)

1950’s Rashomon was the first international breakout hit for legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. He’d made wonderful films prior to that, from the tense post-war poverty of Drunken Angel to the noir classic Stray Dog, but Rashomon put him on the international map, winning the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Like Citizen Kane before it, the film revealed what was possible within the medium.

Starring Toshiro Mifune (who turned down the roles of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader in the original Star Wars) and Takashi Shimura, among others, Rashomon tells the story of a rape and murder over and over again from the perspective of several witnesses. The conceit is that the story changes every time it is told – everyone is convinced that they themselves are the guilty party.

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Ahsoka!
  • More Ahsoka!!
  • Dave Filoni & co. discuss the series finale of Star Wars Rebels
  • Michael K. Williams reflects on his cut role in Solo
  • Leia and Chewbacca share a moment in the novelization of The Last Jedi
  • And much more!

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the last jedi featurette

The marketing for Star Wars: The Last Jedi did a pretty good job teasing that Daisy Ridley‘s Rey might turn to the Dark Side. Now, a new The Last Jedi featurette from the upcoming Blu-ray release further explores Rey’s internal Dark Side struggle in the film.

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the last jedi deleted scene

A newly revealed Star Wars: The Last Jedi deleted scene gives Gwendoline Christie‘s Captain Phasma much more screentime than the finished film. If you thought Phasma was a bit shortchanged in The Last Jedi, this deleted scene is for you. See it below. Beware of spoilers.

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