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.

Watch the opening of the Star Wars The Last Jedi documentary below.

The Director and the Jedi Opening 12 Minutes

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The opening clip (via IMDb) begins at the wrap party for Star Wars: The Last Jedi in the United Kingdom where Kathleen Kennedy praises the experience she had working with director Rian Johnson and producer Ram Bergman. Then Johnson gets handed the mic and somewhat nervously says, “I don’t want to freak anybody out here, but I think we just made a Star Wars movie,” followed by huge cheers and applause.

From there we jump back to before cameras were even rolling on The Last Jedi to a script meeting between Rian Johnson, Kathleen Kennedy and the film’s stars Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley. Some insight is provided into the specific wording of a specific line as the two actors have what is essentially a rehearsal with just the two of them on the Pinewood Studios backlot.

Then we begin the production process with insight from Johnson, Bergman, Kennedy and more, complete with tons of never before seen footage from behind the scenes of the film. It doesn’t look to offer anything groundbreaking, but for Star Wars fans who just want a little more insight into the making of this latest chapter, it will be quite satisfying. Here’s another clip featuring the late Carrie Fisher:

Here’s yet another sneak peek featuring Mark Hamill talking about a reunion with a certain character:

The reactions out of SXSW will have you wanting to see this movie as soon as possible:

The good news is that even if you aren’t at SXSW this week, you can still see this movie very soon. It will be part of the special features on the home video release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is available on digital download starting tomorrow.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Director and the Jedi:

An intimate documentary delving into Rian Johnson’s process as he comes in as a director new to the Star Wars universe. A fan since childhood, he sets out to make the most powerful Star Wars movie he can. Navigating the mammoth production, the scale of which he’s never directed before, we meet his cast and crew, see their individual challenges in bringing the film together, say goodbye to Carrie Fisher, and explore the significance of Rian’s more surprising decisions.

The documentary gives you a view of what it really was like to make “The Last Jedi”. As the team strive to do their best, what shines through is their passion and how memorable an experience it is for Rian as director.

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