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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Interviews with Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Kelly Marie Tran
  • The Last Jedi may feature a confrontation between Leia and Snoke
  • Download a cancelled Star Wars first person shooter
  • Disney Stores are planning special events for May the Fourth
  • J.J. Abrams talks about shrinking theatrical release windows
  • And more!

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Let’s kick this off with some news about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. InsideTheMagic brings word that Nokia teamed up with Lucasfilm and shot behind-the-scenes footage on the sets of The Last Jedi with a proprietary virtual reality camera, and as we approach the film’s release later this year, selections of that footage will be released to the general public for viewing on our own VR devices.

Sounds like a cheap way to give fans the experience of their own set visit, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes the norm for every major blockbuster release as the rise of VR continues.

Steele Saunders of the Steele Wars podcast spoke with several members of the film’s cast at Star Wars Celebration. First up: Daisy Ridley, who reveals a bit of a meta connection between her own journey and the one Rey goes on in the movie.

Next: John Boyega, who confirmed that Finn does indeed make it out of The Last Jedi alive. (Whew!)

And finally, here’s a quick chat with newcomer Kelly Marie Tran, who plays a new Star Wars character named Rose. She seems really sweet.

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If you’re afraid of The Last Jedi spoilers, skip this and the next item on the list. Still with me? Giddy up.

MakingStarWars reports that there are space horses in the new film. Don’t get too excited, though: that may be a bit of a misnomer. The horse-like creatures, which are apparently called “falthiers” in the film, don’t fly through outer space, but instead serve as the equivalent of race horses on Canto Bight, the film’s casino planet. The falthiers are described as a mixture of a Tauntaun and Falcor from The NeverEnding Story. You can read more about a scene involving these beasts and couple of our heroes at the link.

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Once again, potential spoilers for The Last Jedi lie ahead in this entry. Brave them if you dare.

MakingStarWars has been able to piece together some information about small aliens native to Ahch-To that are called “porgs.”

They’re a part of the ecosystem of the planet and are sacred creatures from the sound of things around the set last year. Luke Skywalker seems to care for the creatures and there is a connection between the creatures of the planet and the Force. There are moments where Chewbacca and Artoo-Detoo interact with and care for them.

If you’re interested in what these little guys look like, head over there and get a look at a sketch that might approximate their final appearance.

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If you happen to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in a true 70mm IMAX theater, StarWarsNewsNet says you’ll also be treated to the IMAX premiere of The Last Jedi trailer that was released during Celebration. It doesn’t sound like there will be any new footage, but writer/director Rian Johnson filmed “key sequences” with actual IMAX cameras, so it should be a nice taste of the scope of what we’ll see in December.

Snoke Darth Plagueis Theory

According to a wildly unorganized (and truly painful to watch) video from Nerdist, the hosts manage to stumble their way through announcing a rumor that The Last Jedi opens with a meeting between Supreme Leader Snoke and a captured General Leia. Leia reportedly gets into a shouting match with the mysterious villain.

I have my doubts about the veracity of this claim, especially since we know that the movie is supposed to pick up exactly where The Force Awakens left off, with Rey offering Luke Skywalker his lightsaber back. We’ll see how it all plays out, but I’m extremely skeptical about this one.

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