luke in hiding in the last jedi

“It’s time for the Jedi to end.”

How did Luke Skywalker, once a wide-eyed ingenue who only wanted to become a Jedi Master like his father before him, become so downtrodden that he would deny his heritage and the rest of the galaxy by going into hiding? We’ll find out in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the latest entry in the Star Wars franchise that was brought into the modern era with 2015’s The Force Awakens.

But before Episode VIII hits theaters in December, Entertainment Weekly has a story jam-packed with hints and reveals from Mark Hamill and Last Jedi director Rian Johnson about why Luke is in hiding.

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Kylo Ren ship

Adam Driver‘s petulant Star Wars villain Kylo Ren spent a good portion of The Force Awakens pacing around on a Star Destroyer or traveling to planet surfaces in his shuttle, but Darth Vader’s grandson is getting a sleek new ride in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and you can see the first photos of it below.

Plus, writer/director Rian Johnson compares his movie’s tone to other films in the Star Wars saga, and it turns out this movie may be less indebted to The Empire Strikes Back than many might have thought.
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The Last Jedi fan theory

Han Solo may have shot first, but Rian Johnson isn’t afraid to pull the trigger when the occasion calls for it, either. Yesterday morning, the writer/director of one of this year’s most anticipated blockbusters shot down a popular Star Wars: The Last Jedi fan theory about the true identity of Benicio Del Toro‘s mysterious character. Star Wars Rebels fans may come away from this feeling slightly disappointed.
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Star Wars The Last Jedi

Over the weekend, Disney and Lucasfilm unveiled one of those beautiful behind the scenes sizzle reels for Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the D23 Expo. It wasn’t quite as exciting as a brand new trailer would have been, but that doesn’t mean the video wasn’t full of a bunch of new details for fans to examine frame by frame.

Below, we take a look at dozens of shots from The Last Jedi sizzle reel to see what we can figure out about the second part of the new Star Wars trilogy. While there are plenty of things we don’t entirely understand just yet, there is plenty of new footage here that does help us figure out how some parts of the story will unfold. So check out our The Last Jedi sizzle reel breakdown, and see what we figured out. Read More »

star wars the last jedi creates new rules

Adam Driver is probably the No. 1 hype man for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the eighth film in the core Star Wars franchise.

He has raved about the script, about director Rian Johnson, and now he has one more glowing thing to say. And it has interesting implications about the plot for The Last Jedi.

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The Last Jedi extra scene

Director Colin Trevorrow’s latest film, The Book of Henry, spent the past few days being absolutely hammered by critics, sitting at 25% on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of this writing. But the director seems to be taking all of the negative press in stride, tweeting “Be proud of everything you paint, even if Mom doesn’t put it on the fridge.” In the wake of The Book of Henry’s failure in the eyes of critics, many reviewers have expressed concerns about the future of the Star Wars franchise, since Trevorrow will be directing Star Wars: Episode 9, the third film in the new trilogy that began with The Force Awakens.

Meanwhile, it sounds as if Trevorrow – who is also co-writing Episode 9 with his writing partner Derek Connolly – has been hard at work trying to make the best Star Wars film he can. In a new interview, the director revealed that he asked Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson to add “one extra thing” to that movie in order to set up something that will happen in Episode 9. Read about The Last Jedi extra scene below.
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Mark Hamill - Star Wars The Last Jedi Disagreement

Towards the end of last month, a slew of Star Wars: The Last Jedi details came from Vanity Fair’s big cover story, but there was one new piece of information that caught fans off guard.

During an interview, Mark Hamill brought up a conversation he had with director Rian Johnson:

“I at one point had to say to Rian, ‘I pretty much fundamentally disagree with every choice you’ve made for this character. Now, having said that, I have gotten it off my chest, and my job now is to take what you’ve created and do my best to realize your vision.'”

Some fans took that in a negative way, but Hamill has taken the time to clarify that’s not how he feels about the situation anymore. Find out what else Mark Hamill had to say about his The Last Jedi disagreement below. Read More »

is snoke human

Back in my day, we had to patiently wait for movies to come out before our burning questions could be answered. Nowadays, we just have to pester filmmakers on the Twitter machine if we want to know something! You kids have it easy. Now please get off my lawn.

However, Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson and Pablo Hidalgo of the Lucasfilm Story Group seem to be perfectly happy to engage fans on social media, clarifying details and calming nerves. And today, we bring you two noteworthy tidbits: Johnson’s comments on how the sequel trilogy has been planned and Hidalgo making one thing about Supreme Leader Snoke very clear.

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simon and garfunkel universe

With the uncanny coincidence of two Simon and Garfunkel-inspired movie titles, Marc Webb‘s The Only Boy Living in New York and Edgar Wright‘s Baby Driver, coming out this summer, Wright made a tweet for the asking of others to join this accidental Simon and Garfunkel Song Title Cinematic Universe.

Amazingly, Wright managed to recruit Rian Johnson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Dwayne Johnson, in what possibly might be the best imagined cinematic universe ever. Though who knows, with projects started on Twitter now becoming a thing, the Simon and Garfunkel movie universe may not be a fake premise for long.

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Mark Hamill Rian Johnson disagreement

Yesterday’s Vanity Fair’s cover story gave us all kinds of insight into Lucasfilm’s upcoming sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but they aren’t done dropping new snippets of information about the movie, and we just read something that’s worth discussing in a little more detail.

Mark Hamill, who plays one of the most iconic characters in film history, says he “fundamentally disagreed” with the way The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson envisioned Luke Skywalker in the new film. Whoa.
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