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I’m sure you can picture the scene: Our two heroes, one male and one female, suddenly realize they are under attack. What happens next? Male hero grabs female hero’s hand and shouts something blatantly obvious like “Run!” This is a movie trope that has irked me for quite a while; I can’t imagine that holding someone’s hand while running for my life would be at all conducive to the task. And though it may seem like an insignificant quibble, I see it as indicative of the larger Hollywood trend of prioritizing the male storyline while, well, dragging the woman’s along behind.

And this is why a scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in which Rey repeatedly tells off Finn for grabbing her hand as they run away from the invading First Order, is so refreshing and vindicating.

Just as this trope reflects the problematic portrayal of women in blockbusters, Rey’s character reflects the changing nature of these portrayals – she’s fierce but vulnerable, physically capable but at times emotionally naive. In sum, she’s a real human, not just some sexy lamp. In many ways, Rey represents a break from traditionally portrayed female characters, even in – or especially in – an action-adventure movie like Star Wars. And I hope her character will make another, very specific crack in the glass ceiling and triumphantly complete her journey without any semblance of a romance plot – and without any man deigning to “take her hand.”

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Prepare your bladders, Star Wars fans. Director Rian Johnson has confirmed the rumors that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be the longest Star Wars movie yet. So maybe hold off on that extra-large drink when you settle into the theater next month.

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“Kylo failed you. I won’t.”

A new Star Wars: The Last Jedi TV spot, which is long enough to be labeled as a new trailer on its own, gives us insight into what exactly went wrong between Luke Skywalker and his once-promising padawan, Kylo Ren. But the wary Jedi Master can’t be left to bemoan his failures in peace, as the desperate Rey pleads with him to train her, promising to succeed where Kylo Ren failed.

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The Last Jedi New Images

We’re getting closer and closer to Star Wars: The Last Jedi and two new images from the film have arrived. The images give us new looks at new characters Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (Laura Dern) and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran). In a new interview to accompany the images, Dern and Tran reveal some details about their new additions to the Star Wars universe. You can see the new The Last Jedi images below.

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As the release date for Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes closer, Lucasfilm and Disney have amped up the marketing for the latest entry into the ever-growing Star Wars franchise.

Three new TV spots have been released, each highlighting Rey, Finn, and Poe while the ominous Supreme Leader Snoke begins to emerge from the shadows.

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Star Wars: Galactic Nights welcomes fan-favorite hosts
  • Rian Johnson reacts to Lucasfilm’s grand unveiling of a new trilogy
  • Daisy Ridley is her own worst critic
  • A Padme Amidala novel is (hopefully) in the works
  • And much more!

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Ahch-To may have you thinking back to a certain recurring joke in Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood: Men in Tightsbut the oddly-named planet is crucial to Star Wars lore and the plot of the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

It’s where Jedi Master Luke Skywalker finds himself in self-exile, and where the aspiring Jedi Rey finds Luke at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But The Last Jedi won’t get into the nitty-gritty of how the former Tatooine farmboy ended up in the Ahch-To Jedi Temple — nor will the movie overshare details at all, really — so you’ll have to look to the Star Wars Battlefront II video game to gain insight into this particular journey.

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This week in Star Wars Bits:

  • How Carrie Fisher inspired the jewelry of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • A new look at Kelly Marie Tran‘s Rose Tico
  • Learn more about the casino planet of Canto Bight
  • Kylo Ren is just a big baby, Adam Driver admits
  • Are Porgs the perfect balance of the force?
  • And much more!

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baby porgs

We’re a little more than a month away from Star Wars: Porgs!, more commonly known as Star Wars: The Last JediLucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy recently dropped a bombshell when she revealed that not only would The Last Jedi feature those adorable meme-worthy creatures known as Porgs, it would also feature baby Porgs. If you thought you’d have to wait till you see the film to lay eyes on these things, think again! We have your first look at baby Porgs below!

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Luke Skywalker Last Jedi backstory

What was Luke Skywalker doing in the thirty years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens? We know about a few precious fragments of what happened to him during that time, but if you’re hoping for an extended exposition scene in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi in which Luke explains the past three decades to an inquisitive Rey, I’m sorry to report that you’re out of luck.

In a new interview, actor Mark Hamill reveals that Luke’s backstory is “not important” in The Last Jedi.
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