Star Wars: The Last Jedi Opening Line

Last week, after seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I had the pleasure of sitting down with writer/director Rian Johnson to talk about spoilers. After the jump, you can read that entire conversation or listen to it yourself on today’s episode of the /Film Daily podcast.

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Leia in The Last Jedi

Every moment featuring Carrie Fisher as General Leia in Star Wars: The Last Jedi is far more emotional than it’s intended to be. The passing of the actress after production ended means that we’ll never see her reprise the iconic role in future Star Wars films, and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy has already said that they have no intention on bringing her back to life using CG.

The film works surprisingly well as a send-off to the character and the actress, but I wondered why they didn’t close the loop storyline-wise, as there seemed to be more than a few opportunities to do so within the context of the film’s story. During my spoiler-filled discussion with writer/director Rian Johnson, I asked if they had considered doing so and why he ultimately decided not to alter the original story of The Last Jedi to reflect the real-life death of Carrie Fisher.

Major spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow.

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Yoda in The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is filled with surprises and one of them is the appearance of a character few of us expected to show up in this particular Skywalker saga episode. While talking with writer/director Rian Johnson, I learned the story behind this special moment.

Major spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Score

Luke Skywalker’s story in Star Wars: The Last Jedi has proven divisive for not just fans of the franchise, but also Mark Hamill himself. In my spoiler-filled discussion with writer/director Rian Johnson, we talked about the decisions he took with the iconic character and what this means for the famous Jedi Master in Star Wars: Episode 9 and beyond.

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best female star wars characters rey

Who is Rey? Where does she come from? Both Star Wars fans and the character played by Daisy Ridley were obsessed with this question. “Big mystery,” she remarked to BB-8 while wandering through the Jakku desert in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Fans have been theorizing about Rey’s parentage for the last two years and Star Wars: The Last Jedi provides a resolution to this question.

Last week, I got to sit down with The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson for a spoiler-filled discussion about the new Star Wars film, and we talked about Rey’s parents. Below, find out what Johnson said about this big moment. And then we’ll take a look back at what J.J. Abrams told us two years ago.

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Last week, after seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I had the pleasure of sitting down to talk with writer/director Rian Johnson and we delved deep into spoilers. Naturally, I asked Johnson about subverting fan expectations with the storyline involving Supreme Leader Snoke, and the idea of “killing the past” to move the Star Wars franchise into the future. Read on to see what Johnson said about subverting Snoke expectations in The Last Jedi.

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Book Of Rian Johnson's Last Jedi Behind The Scenes Photos

During the production of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, director Rian Johnson captured behind-the-scenes photos with his trusty 35mm camera. Some of these photos have been shown during his convention appearances, and a few more have been posted on his Instagram, but the filmmaker revealed to me during an interview that Disney and Lucasfilm Publishing are planning to release an entire book of his Last Jedi behind-the-scenes photos.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi has double the practical effects of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Not only that, but Star Wars creature designer Neal Scanlan reveals that there has never been a Star Wars movie with more practically created effects. While speaking with Scanlan, I learned more about how the Last Jedi practical creatures, droids, and visual effects came into being.

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porgs

When you get the oppurtunity to sit down and talk with Star Wars creature designer Neal Scanlan, you’re obligated to spend the majority of the interview talking about possibly the most important artistic creation from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Of course, I’m talking about the Porgs.

In our conversation, I learned how the porgs came into being, how many were created for the film, how they are related to the Caretakers on Ach-to, and most importantly, whether or not Porgs fly. Here is everything you wanted to know about the Porgs, revealed by Neal Scanlan.

Note: this review was conducted before I had seen the film and there are no spoilers.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Opening Line

During my conversation with Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson at the film’s junket a few weeks back, I asked him why he decided not to come back for Star Wars: Episode 9 and he shared the story of how his new Star Wars trilogy came about. You might be surprised to learn that Disney and Lucasfilm committed to his new trilogy without a story in place.

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