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Speaking of Episode 9, Mark Hamill spoke about the role the late Carrie Fisher would have played in the film, noting that she would have been more prominent than in the first two entries in the sequel trilogy:

“You’re going to really love her in [The Last Jedi]. I know they’re going to try and find a way to close her story in [Episode IX] that gives her the respect she deserves, because [Han Solo] was more prominent in [The Force Awakens], Luke’s a little more prominent in [The Last Jedi], and certainly Leia was meant to be more prominent in [Episode IX]. Worldwide, everyone feels that gap she left, but we all have to hang in there.”

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Star Wars may be a big deal…but not to the Queen of England. It turns out that Lucasfilm requested permission to film on land owned by the Royal family, but they were denied. Nick Day, the Crown Estate’s head of commercial operations, offered this statement:

Our priority is to maintain and protect Windsor Great Park and we can facilitate film crews if we’re sure the risk to the park is minimal.  But Star Wars is a huge machine, and there’s also massive outside interest in those sort of things. It wasn’t right for here.

To be fair, it seems like Lucasfilm doesn’t have much trouble finding other pristine and incredible locations to shoot. So file this one away under “interesting trivia.”

For those of you wondering, Pablo Hidalgo of the Lucasfilm story group has confirmed that the Cantina band aliens are no longer known as “jazz wailers.” Thank the maker.

While we’re here and talking about Pablo Hidalgo and Star Wars names, he confirmed that character names are not decided by the group – that’s up to the storytellers. But they do need a lawyer to sign off on them.

And let’s complete the trilogy: Hidalgo also noted that he ends up naming lots of “background stuff” in the Star Wars universe because of his involvement in produce descriptions.

Heck, how about one more? First, here’s a fan question for Hidalgo that’s actually worth talking about! He supplied two answer: the practical, real world one and the in-universe one:

When the fan notes that the Rebels had time to stick around and plan a medal ceremony after the battle, Hidalgo started dropping the real goods:

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Star Wars canon always has an answer. Always.

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