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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is coming home. Rian Johnson‘s sci-fi sequel has officially announced its Blu-ray and Digital HD release, along with a slew of special features. Among those features are 14 deleted scenes — so you can finally find out the origin of those mysterious unused moments from the trailer.

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Star Wars toys

Just in case you have some preconceived notion that franchise moviemaking is purely an artistic endeavor, here’s a story about toys. Star Wars: The Last Jedi ended up changing the design of Kylo Ren’s TIE Fighter in the hit sequel after laying eyes on a toy.  

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Star Wars The Last Jedi Director Interview

Our own /Filmcast got to sit down with Rian Johnson for an extensive interview about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, along with some good-hearted ribbing of host David Chen. But if you’re interesting in hearing more from the filmmaker who shook up Star Wars with the second installment of the latest trilogy in the sci-fi saga, we have something you’ll want to watch.

Rian Johnson recently sat down for a 70-minute Q&A in Los Angeles following an IMAX screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The discussion covers everything from the writing process to deleted scenes, and he even takes some time to answer questions from the lucky fans who were in attendance. You can watch the Star Wars The Last Jedi director interview in its entirety below. Read More »

Rian johnson interview

On Tuesday night, Rian Johnson sat down with the hosts of /Filmcast for an in-depth interview about his polarizing, powerful film Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Johnson dished on everything from how he originally pitched The Last Jedi to Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, to the furious backlash the movie received from fans on opening night, and that one striking scene that had theaters scrambling to put up warning signs assuring audiences that they were seeing what they were supposed to be seeing. And, because we’re still all arguing about it, Johnson went into detail about Rey’s origins.

Below are some of the best tidbits and trivia we learned from the interview with the director.

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The Last Jedi deleted scenes

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now playing in theaters everywhere, and if you’ve already seen it multiple times and studied every single frame, here’s some good news: you can now get a brief look at some previously-unseen deleted scenes. A preview of Last Jedi deleted scenes is available to watch below.

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Back in 2014, before the title had even been revealed for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Looper and Brick director Rian Johnson got a call from Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy asking if he was interested in making that film’s sequel. So what did Johnson say that convinced her to hand him the keys to one of the world’s largest movie franchises? In a new interview, Johnson explains his initial pitch and talks about putting aside years’ worth of childhood fantasies in order to come up with a coherent and compelling idea for where to take the characters in a galaxy far, far away.
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The Last Jedi Backlash

You may be shocked to learn this, but some people on the internet were not very happy with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. While early reviews for the film were overwhelmingly positive, some fans felt that director Rian Johnson had strayed too far from the established tone of the franchise. In an in-depth interview with The /Filmcast, Johnson shared his thoughts on the initial Last Jedi backlash from fans.

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Rey Origins

It was one of the biggest mystery box questions that J.J. Abrams left hanging at the end of The Force Awakens: Who are Rey’s parents?

The question caught fire on the Reddit threads and internet forums in the two years between Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, with fans speculating that Rey was related to everyone from Luke Skywalker, to Han and Leia, and even to Snoke. While writing the script for Last JediRian Johnson wrestled with Rey’s origins just as much as fans did. Maybe even more so, the The Last Jedi director said in an upcoming interview with The /Filmcast. In the process, he explored every option that the internet suggested, and then some. And some of them are pretty ridiculous.

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow.

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The Holdo Maneuver

There were a handful of moments that left me speechless in last year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but “The Holdo Maneuver” may be the most beautifully executed in the entire movie. You know the scene. Spoilers ahead!

Left with no other choice, Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern) stays behind on a Resistance ship while allowing her fellow Resistance members to escape to Crait. In order to make sure they arrive safely, she turns her ship around to face down The First Order and makes the jump to lightspeed, sacrificing herself as her spacecraft rips through the enemy ship and causes untold amounts of damage.

An upcoming episode of The /Filmcast features writer/director Rian Johnson as a guest, and during their conversation, Johnson explained how that maneuver fits into larger Star Wars canon, the challenge of communicating the immensity of that act, and the moment it finally clicked into place in post-production.
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Sacred jedi Texts

Well, well, well. Look what we have here! Rian Johnson, director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, has spent a lot of the promotional time for his hit new Star Wars film having to deflect fan outrage. Long story short: some hardcore Star Wars fans are angry that Johnson took liberties with what they consider to be established Star-lore. While some of these Last Jedi complaints may be valid, there’s one in particular that Johnson just dropped the mic on. Check it out below. And beware of spoilers.

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