A few new behind the scenes clips have emerged since we last checked in. The first, on Kylo’s choice to not kill Leia, features a new priceless quote from Carrie Fisher. The second is on the crystal foxes (err, vulptices), finally giving us a long-awaited look at the actual dog-wearing-straw-costume used to help develop them. And from yesterday, how a Ralph McQuarrie painting from Empire inspired the final showdown and a bit on the red of Crait.
With The Last Jedi home release imminent, several behind the scenes clips and featurettes have been released. There’s an interview with Andy Serkis on Snoke at Entertainment Weekly; Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher and The Slap at People; Daisy Ridley and Rian Johnson on Rey at E!.
The Director and the Jedi, a look at Rian Johnson and the making of The Last Jedi, will have its World Premiere on March 12 during South by Southwest in Austin.
“We had [Anthony Wonke] & his crew on set every day, we were always radio mic’d up,” Johnson tweeted. “This isn’t talking heads & b-roll, it really gets into process & captures what the shoot felt like. Excited to see it with a crowd…”
An intimate documentary delving into Rian Johnson’s process as he comes in as a director new to the Star Wars universe. A fan since childhood, he sets out to make the most powerful Star Wars movie he can. Navigating the mammoth production, the scale of which he’s never directed before, we meet his cast and crew, see their individual challenges in bringing the film together, say goodbye to Carrie Fisher, and explore the significance of Rian’s more surprising decisions.
The documentary gives you a view of what it really was like to make “The Last Jedi”. As the team strive to do their best, what shines through is their passion and how memorable an experience it is for Rian as director.
The rest of us will be able to see the documentary as part of The Last Jedi’s home release on March 13 and 27.
The Force Awakens making-of documentary also premiered at SXSW back in 2016.
You know it’s Oscar time, as ILM has posted a look at how the effects for The Last Jedi’s bombing run was produced.
Multiple sightings (Reddit, SWNN) are showing that The Last Jedi digital release may be March 14, nearly two weeks ahead of the (still unannounced) release of the Blu-Ray copies on March 27. The digital and physical releases for both The Force Awakens and Rogue One were only a few days apart. Word is we’ll get an official announcement on the 20th.
→ Oscar Isaac on shooting both The Last Jedi and the upcoming Annihilation at the same studio, and sometimes on the same day. (To make it even weird, he was playing Natalie Portman’s husband. Filmmaking!)
→ Really want tio dig into the nitty-gritty of The Last Jedi sets and filming? Production designer Rick Heinrichs wrote an article for the Art Directors Guild’s official magazine, which anyone can download in PDF form.
→ Domhnall Gleeson on how Peter Rabbit’s Mr. McGregor is like General Hux, and figuring out The Last Jedi’s choking scene.
→ The Last Jedi was named AARP’s Best Film for Grownups. ::sad trombone::
Today from Entertainment Weekly’s Solo coverage, an interview with Donald Glover on Lando Calrissian, meeting with Billy Dee Williams, being a snappy dresser, and working with puppeteers.
For more about Glover himself, Atlanta, and his own history with Star Wars and Lando, check out Esquire’s cover story.
Carrie Fisher was awarded the Best Spoken Word Album Grammy for her narration of The Princess Diarist, the book which detailed her life while filming the first Star Wars.
Andi Gutierrez sits down with the Lucasfilm Story Group’s Leland Chee, Pablo Hidalgo, Matt Martin, and Rayne Roberts to shed some light on The Last Jedi.