Star Wars Bits: A Classic Vehicle Gets an Upgrade in ‘The Last Jedi’, The Story Behind One of ‘Rogue One’s Best Moments, and More
Posted on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 by Ben Pearson
In this edition of Star Wars Bits:
- Details about Benicio Del Toro’s ship in The Last Jedi
- The name of a new planet in a galaxy far, far away
- A classic Empire vehicle gets a major upgrade
- A weird Rogue One crossover that almost happened
- One of Rogue One’s best moments was barely scripted
- and more!
There are some light spoilers ahead for locations that may appear The Last Jedi. Proceed with caution.
Let’s start off with some news about The Last Jedi. We know Benicio del Toro plays a mysterious man in black, but MakingStarWars has some new info about that character’s ship, describing the interior as a mixture of the Millennium Falcon’s and the Apple-influenced design of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek movies. “If the Falcon is a Winnebago,” they say, “this ship is a luxury yacht made by Bill Gates.” Sounds pretty sleek to me.
Rian Johnson’s upcoming sequel reportedly takes place partially in some sort of casino environment. These portions of the movie were filmed on location in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and the interiors were shot on stages at London’s Pinewood Studios. MakingStarWars has reportedly ascertained the name of the planet on which this casino is set. It’s apparently called Canto Bight, which is a fittingly bizarre-sounding name for a planet. The outlet cautions that there’s a possibility this is simply be a code word for the planet’s actual name, but Canto Bight sounds weird enough to be legit.
MakingStarWars also has spies that say Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma will be accompanied by two Executioner Stormtroopers in The Last Jedi. Above is a “police sketch” type of iteration of what they’ll look like in the movie. That Executioner’s staff looks nasty.
As you can see from the photo above (via MSW), that’s the Millennium Falcon and a leafless tree among the rocks on what appears to be the planet of Ahch-To, where Rey met Luke at the end of The Force Awakens. Fans have been speculating about whether that tree has any tie directly to the Force (sort of like how Vader’s castle is linked with the dark side), but MSW reports that they’ve seen either set photos or secret video that reveals the tree on fire. Feel free to sound off in the comments about what that might mean.
The classic AT-AT is getting an upgrade in The Last Jedi. MSW says they’ve seen the new models, which are called “First Order Heavy Assault Walkers,” and they’re apparently huge – as in, much taller than the AT-ATs and double the width. They reportedly have reinforced legs (so pesky ships won’t be able to rope them down), and the design is described as being similar to “pissed off gorillas.” I’m going to need to see these before I can fully wrap my head around that, but I like the idea that the First Order has finally learned something from the past and built an upgraded model to prove it.
Jurassic Park star Laura Dern is going to have a hell of a year with Big Little Lies, Twin Peaks, and The Last Jedi. And her Last Jedi role is totally shrouded in mystery – even from her own family. JediNews says she’s keeping secrets from her own children because she doesn’t want to put them in the position of having to then keep those same secrets from friends and fans. Ah, the sacrifices mothers make for their kids.