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BleedingCool unveiled some awesome promotional images for Leia Organa’s own Hot Toys collection, coming in 2018. Shut up and take my credits!

Solo director Ron Howard took to Twitter to express his admiration for The Last Jedi in a very cool, calm, and collected way, and Rian Johnson himself responded with heartfelt thanks. Seems like the Directors Who Actually Complete a Star Wars Film club gets along great!

The latest episode of the Director’s Cut podcast, produced by the Directors Guild of America, features a wonderful conversation between Johnson and filmmaker Spike Jonze about The Last Jedi and the Star Wars universe at large. In it, Johnson answers the most pressing question of all: What does it feel like to hug Chewbacca?

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Thanks to BleedingCool, we get to peek at an exclusive, Rey-centric comic book released in this month’s Loot Crate. Scott Beatty’s 60-page, three-part story is called “Destroyer Down” and serves as a prequel to The Force Awakens.

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In a powerful Q&A with the LA Times, Kelly Marie Tran opens up about her Hollywood struggle and the importance of Asian American representation in the film industry. “I had resigned myself to thinking that one day I would be just the weird side character who always talks about being Asian and brings kimchi to the party,” she admitted.

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Speaking to CinemaBlend, Rian Johnson points out a parallel to his best known film before a little something called The Last Jedi – namely, 2012’s Looper:

As I was breaking Luke’s story and Luke and Kylo’s relationship and figuring out what we were going to see of them in the past, and searching for something that would truly be at the core of why Luke has put himself where he is right now. Something that he feels guilty about. It’s also something that Kylo could grab on to and perceive in his own way—the validation in his head that his master did not believe in him. When I landed on that idea, I did immediately think, ‘Oh, that’s a little bit echoing stuff from Looper.’ But not in way that felt like a problem. That connection is definitely there.

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Merchandise! Get your merchandise! The Disney Parks Blog released images of some cool merch you’ll be able to purchase at the upcoming Star Wars park at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. But where’s Star Wars: The Flamethrower?

Daisy Ridley is side-eying your #hottake about Rey’s “Mary Sue” status real hard. “I don’t buy the Mary Sue thing anyway,” Ridley said in a sit-down interview. “I find the term sexist in itself because it’s Mary Sue. I don’t think there’s a thing called Ryan Craig.” Though the term “Gary Stu” does exist as the male equivalent to “Mary Sue,” it’s certainly much less prevalent in online discussion boards. Keep fighting the good fight, Daisy!

Meanwhile, at your local AMC theater… As tweeted by film critic Sean Burns, one theater ostensibly received so many complaints about the sound cutting out during screenings of The Last Jedi that the staff was compelled to put up a sign explaining that the silence was “intentionally done by the director for a creative effect.”

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Because Star Wars fans are Star Wars fans, everything’s a competition – including, apparently, toy sales. THR reports that merchandise sales for The Last Jedi are down 56% from The Force Awakens and 47% from Rogue One. I’m pretty sure this is all just a ploy to get people to buy more Porg plushies, but I promised Rian Johnson I wouldn’t tell anyone.

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The official Star Wars Facebook account posted Kelly Marie Tran’s audition video for the character of Rose Tico, and then was forced to come to the defense of the character as haters swarmed to accuse her of not being a hero. Take it away, Star Wars social media team: “Prevented four Resistance deserters from stealing escape pods. Assisted in the formation of a plan that would’ve allowed the Resistance to escape the First Order pursuit. Persuaded a fathier stable boy to enable her and Finn’s escape from Canto Bight. Conducted an essential survey of available supplies available to the Resistance on Crait. Saved Finn from an inconsequential course of action that would’ve ended his life. For a character who did absolutely nothing, that’s impressive… most impressive.”

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It seems we still have iconic Star Wars artists Ralph McQuarrie and Joe Johnston to thank for many of the spaceship designs in The Last Jedi. In an interview with SYFY WIRE, production designer Rick Henrichs talks about paying homage to McQuarrie and Johnston by utilizing many of their sketches for TLJ ship designs.

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Hello there! Reddit user Rikard_ created a gorgeous poster in anticipation of the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone movie. Old Man Ben, anyone?

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