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Entertainment Weekly Unleashes A Barrage Of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Coverage

Written by sdsichero on Wednesday, August 09 2017 and posted in News with Benefits

Entertainment Weekly Unleashes A Barrage Of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Coverage

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*** ALERT: If you are extremely sensitive to SPOILERS be aware that some of this article could be considered to be spoiler-y (in a minor way) ***

As they are wont to do, Entertainment Weekly (EW) has released a bunch of Star Wars related articles for their Fall movie preview issue. This time of course, it's Star Wars: The Last Jedi which is due out on December 15th of this year. There are two covers to choose from for the issue, one of Rey (Daisy Ridley) and one of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill):

ewlastjedireycvr.jpgEntertainment Weekly Fall movie preview issue Rey cover


ewlastjedilukecvr.jpgEntertainment Weekly Fall movie preview issue Luke Skywalker cover


Note: Most of the images used in this article are from the The Last Jedi slideshow posted at EW today.

Speaking of Rey and Luke, EW touches upon what happens after they finally met in the final scene of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It turns out that Luke isn't as friendly to visitors as Yoda, nor as gentle as Obi-Wan Kenobi Ridley implies:

"Oh my God, this other man that I lost within a couple days [Han Solo] was somewhat of a father figure. Now he's gone, and instead I'm with this grumpy guy on an island who doesn't want me here."


lukeandrey.jpgLuke tells Rey to get off his lawn



Ridley understands why Luke might not be that impressed by Rey though:

"I don’t think one girl, who he doesn’t know, turning up with a lightsaber is gonna make him go, ‘Oh, s—, yeah, of course I’ll get back into the action"


Though Hamill does manage to make things mysterious by reacting to that statement:

"But does he not know her?"



reyattemple.jpgRey at an ancient temple on Ahch-To


Luke wasn't just looking for the first Jedi temple, he seems to have been running from himself. Says Hamill:

"[Luke] made a huge mistake in thinking that his nephew was the chosen one, so he invested everything he had in Kylo, much like Obi-Wan did with my character" … "And he is betrayed, with tragic consequences. Luke feels responsible for that. That’s the primary obstacle he has to rejoining the world and his place in the Jedi hierarchy, you know? It’s that guilt, that feeling that it’s his fault, that he didn’t detect the darkness in him until it was too late."


Despite what one might have though, Luke wasn't alone on that island at the end of The Force Awakens. No, we aren't really talking about those little bird-like Porgs (based in part on the puffins that would visit the filming location) we saw in the behind the scenes footage at D23 Expo

chewbaccaporg.jpgChewbacca (Peter Mayhew or Joonas Suotamo) and a Porg


No, we are talking about beings that director Rian Johnson  compares to nuns:

"They’re all female, and I wanted them to feel like a remote sort of little nunnery" … "Neal Scanlan’s crew designed them, and costume designer Michael Kaplan made these working clothes that also reflected sort of a nun-like, spartan sort of existence"



aliennunsFish-bird-like caretakers on Ahch-To

Luke may not be friendly to Rey, and these caretakers -- who have been on the island for thousands of years taking care of the structures there -- are also not so happy with Luke being there. Johnson says they merely tolerate his presence. Johnson also says that even though we have seen some hints at getting more info on the Jedi mythology (re: book in the teaser trailer), and we will, it won't be a deep dive.

Though the last time we saw Finn (John Boyega), he was in a coma. In The Last Jedi, the Finn awakens, but is he ready for action. Not really at first as Boyega explains:

"It got really real for him" … "And he just wants to get away and not be involved. His intention in the first place was to go to the Outer Rim. He was always brought back [in The Force Awakens,], but this is his chance to get away and perhaps find Rey and go off together. He’s trying to do that at first"


Things change a bit when he meets Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran). Rose is a Resistance mechanic and sees herself as a "nobody" and is inspired by Finn whose exploits much of the Resistance has heard about, he's a "big deal".

rosefinnmission.jpgRose Tico and Finn


Rose has some unrealistic expectations of Finn (as Rey might have of Luke), but that may have helped Boyega intones:

"It’s now an opportunity for him to be the best he can be. He has to make a decision, and Rose is there to help him make that choice"


finnpilot.jpgFinn appears to learn how to drive, as he pilots a vessel on Crait


Finn ends up getting involved again and with Rose, end up as part of a mission to the casino city Canto Bight.

cantobightcasino.jpgA casino on Canto Bight (you can see some police speeders there previously leaked by a toy for it)


Finally (for today), what's Star Wars without the bad guys? Though you might have seen Supreme Leader Snoke's (Andy Serkis) Praetorian guards due to some leaks, but here is one of the first official images for them:

praetorianguard.jpgPraetorian guards in action

Star Wars fans might be reminded of the Emperor's Imperial Guards but these guys look a bit more combative. Johnson comments on their design:

"The Praetorians, my brief to [costume designer] Michael Kaplan was that those guys have to be more like samurai. They have to be built to move, and you have to believe that they could step forward and engage if they have to. They have to seem dangerous"


And since the Praetorians are Snoke's personal guards, we'll be seeing more of Snoke this time around. Johnson stresses that the movie isn't Wikipedia though, and Snoke's appearance has a function so…

"… we’ll learn exactly as much about Snoke as we need to"


Here's the pictures from the slide show that weren't used in the rest of the article:

last-jedi-collage.jpgStar Wars: The Last Jedi collage of images


kylo.jpgKylo Ren (Adam Driver) looks on


tiesilencer.jpgKylo Ren's new ship, the T.I.E. Silencer


poe.jpgPoe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) in his X-Wing


bergman-johnson-kennedy.jpgProducer Ram Bergman, director Rian Johnson, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy on The Last Jedi set


johnson-fisher.jpgPreviously released image included in the slideshow has Johnson giving direction to Carrie Fisher (as General Leia Organa)


Entertainment Weekly should have more articles up this week…


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