The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson appeared on the
Empire Podcast Spoiler Special to talk about the movie. It’s two hours long, so for those of us who prefer to read or are all podcasted-out for the day, Empire has helpfully written up some of the highlights. They include more about Luke and Kylo, broom boy, new Force powers, and the Rey/Kylo connection, but I’m sure there’s plenty more on the podcast.
Lucasfilm’s Leland Chee, of Holocron and Story Group fame, is on
SyFy’s Fandom Files podcast this week, where he talks about Star Wars, his role at the company through the years and the challenges of canon and continuity.
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Disney has posted a few new
The Last Jedi things on their award site, including several new stills, an extended score, production notes and the BAFTA Q&A with Rian Johnson and the cast.
Rian Johnson talks to People about
how they filmed the “Force connection” scenes between Rey and Kylo Ren. Remember those paparazzi shots of Adam Driver flying into Ireland with Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill, and all those rumors of a big fight scene with the Knights of Ren? Jokes on us. Johnson has another wide-ranging interview over at the Daily Beast. He also explains Snoke’s big scene and the Kylo shirtless scene.
The NYT takes a look at
the women behind Lucasfilm’s story group, mainly Kiri Hart. It’s not just Pablo!
You’ll never guess
what from the Legends EU made it into the movie. Sort of. Hey, at least it’s not something Courtship of Princess Leia this time.
On that note, there’s a ton of meta happening on Tumblr. I’m
reblogging a lot of it and hope to do a roundup of the highlights here, but for the moment, an analysis of “the sacred Jedi texts.” (There’s plenty more coming – the fandom is prolific and I have a ton of backlog in the drafts folder.)
Tech corner: Neal Scanlan on
how they built the film’s creatures, and again | Visual effects supervisor Ben Morris on creating Crait and the Earth equivilants | How Yoda was rebuilt | The movie’s sound design | The creation and science of that silent hyperspace scene.
Rian Johnson tells Collider about some of , including a chunk from Rose and Finn’s storyline, and another featuring Rey and Luke. He says all the major ones will be on the Blu-ray. (I’m just guessing re: the photo above, but hey… We didn’t see that in the movie, did we?) The Last Jedi’s deleted scenes
Adam Driver was on
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, where he talked about the difference between this and the leadup to The Force Awakens, and they play with some action figures.
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Mark Hamill was on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Friday night, and while the sketch was so-so, the interview did go a little bit off the beaten path.
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Rian Johnson went on a social media tour today,
hitting up Twitter and Instagram/Facebook, where he did a live Q&A and debuted three new behind the scenes pictures.
Also making the rounds today was Daisy Ridley, who showed up and Good Morning America . She’ll be on Live with Kelly and Ryan The Tonight Show tonight, while John Boyega will be on all three shows tomorrow. Meanwhile, Mark Hamill was on today, where he talked about Carrie Fisher. The Ellen Degeneres Show
Her Universe’s new collections have launched at
Torrid and Hot Topic, with many items inspired by The Last Jedi. They’re both beginning with some very different selections, but we have reason to believe (hope!) that all items will eventually span both stores. (I am really loving the Kylo Ren dress and the Leia cape sweatshirt.)
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Entertainment Weekly actually shed some light on Supreme Leader Snoke with Andy Serkis and director Rian Johnson. They’re not promising answers, exactly, but there’s plenty to unpack here about his motivations and what he wants with the First Order and Kylo Ren.
“His training of Kylo Ren is not yielding what he wants,” Serkis says. “Therefore his anger towards Kylo Ren is intensified because he can’t bear weakness in others. Part of the manipulation is goading him with Hux and playing them off against each other.”
They’re not promising all the answers on Snoke – Johnson compares him to the Emperor in the original trilogy and says “a story is not a Wikipedia page,” but there’s a lot more here than I expected. And sometimes? A bare outline is enough.