lando obi wan in the last jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi may have been about “letting the past die,” but Rian Johnson’s entry in the Star Wars saga saw a fair few familiar faces peppered throughout the film. But while a few famous characters played pivotal parts in helping the new generation get up on their feet, fans were left wondering why Lando Calrissian and Obi-Wan Kenobi were left out of the party. Now we have an answer.

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi lie ahead.

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Star Wars: the last jedi deleted scene

The first cut of Star Wars: The Last Jedi was three hours and ten minutes long and writer director Rian Johnson has said they are preparing to release 20 minutes of deleted scenes on the future Blu-ray/DVD release. We have the exclusive details on a number of deleted scenes and reshoots from the latest Star Wars movie.

Read on to see what we’ve learned we’ve learned about the Star Wars: The Last Jedi deleted scenes.

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Rian johnson Star Wars

People have a lot to say about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and they’re making sure to let Rian Johnson know exactly what they think about his entry into the Star Wars saga.

The newest Star Wars film has received an inordinate amount of backlash – The Last Jedi was ripped to pieces by many fans soon after its premiere last week. The criticism can be traced to several reasons: there was too much humor, there were too many subplots, there wasn’t enough heroic Luke, etc. But the main reason is that Johnson took a radical approach to a Star Wars film, and threw everything we knew about the sci-fi franchise out the window. Naturally, that would make a few people Angry Online. And now Johnson has finally addressed the wave of backlash surrounding The Last Jedi.

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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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New Star Wars Trilogy Details

Director Rian Johnson is on top of the world right now: his Star Wars: The Last Jedi is one of the best-reviewed films in the Star Wars franchise, and the film just had the second biggest opening weekend of all time. But Johnson isn’t going to rest on his laurels. The filmmaker is already planning his new Star Wars trilogy, which will be set outside the on-going saga. Johnson is understandably tight-lipped about most details of his still-in-development trilogy, but he recently provided an update on the project.

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The Last Jedi final scene

If you’ve seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi by now (and there’s a good chance you have), you might have been taken aback by the film’s surprising, powerful final scene. And if you have any lingering questions about that Last Jedi final scene, director Rian Johnson was nice enough to provide some insight into the moment. Of course, Star Wars being Star Wars, some eager fans were quick to try to apply the scene to the mythology as a whole. Read on for this, and more info about The Last Jedi final scene – and beware of spoilers, obviously.

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last jedi backlash

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: addressing the toxic, dangerous fan backlash to Star Wars: The Last Jedi.)

It’s okay to dislike Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Your opinion is your own and no one can take that away from you. However, there’s something rotten in the Star Wars fanbase. People on the internet have decided to devote countless hours to tearing down a movie that plenty of others love. And while no movie is perfect — Star Wars: The Last Jedi least of all — what’s the point in taking the fun out of movies? Is it retribution for a ruined childhood or vindication that your opinion is right? Or is all this backlash to The Last Jedi simply another product of the internet’s penchant for knee-jerk reactions and instantaneous gratification?

This past weekend, Star Wars: The Last Jedi opened to critical fanfare and skyrocketing box office numbers. But those accomplishments have been overshadowed by a looming force in the sci-fi franchise’s fandom. Some fans are calling it the worst Star Wars movie yet. A few more are harassing director Rian Johnson on Twitter. Others are petitioning that Last Jedi be removed from the series canon immediately. And the difference between the Rotten Tomatoes user and critical scores are very wide. So let’s examine what caused this rift between the critical community and the die-hard fans, and whether it says something about the movie itself, or a growing toxicity in fandom at large.

Warning: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi ahead.

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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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Last Jedi Rogue One Connection

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now playing in theaters everywhere and everyone has their own opinion on this surprising new chapter in the Star Wars saga. But let’s take a break from debating whether or not the film is good (it is, by the way) and focus on something neutral and fun: easter eggs. Thanks to the wild world of the internet, a fan picked up on an easter egg from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that ties directly into The Last Jedi. In addition to that, Baby Driver director Edgar Wright just revealed his cameo appearance in the new film. These Last Jedi easter eggs await you below. Beware of spoilers.

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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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