The Last Jedi: Press conference, interviews and more

The Last Jedi press conference (and junket) was held on Sunday, and while it was low on news, an official video has now been released so you can comb through it for details on your specific foci. It had fun moments, but you can feel the exhaustion pouring off all these poor people. Moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican, it features Rian Johnson, Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson and Andy Serkis.

There are a lot of interviews coming out from the junket and other apperances, and honestly at this point all I can do is point you towards the Tumblr. Some highlights include The Star Wars Show, the First Order folks interviewing each other , everyone’s favorite Snoke theories and basically everything with Laura Dern and Oscar Isaac. (Just… Laura Dern.) Oh, and Daisy Ridley’s clarification on that quote about leaving the franchise.

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Today in The Last Jedi: Rolling Stone’s cover story hits

The big feature today was Rolling Stone’s cover story, which talks to a good chunk of the cast and reveals some shocking facts – like Adam Driver not knowing what emo is, which is a shame. It also gives us this priceless quote from Daisy Ridley:

“It’s somewhat a reflection of society,” acknowledges the saga’s new star, Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, and who has gone from unknown London actress to full-blown movie star nearly as fast as her character went from desert scavenger to budding Jedi. “But also it is escapism, because there are creatures and there are people running around with fucking lasers and shit. So, I think, a wonderful mix of both.”

Fucking lasers and shit. Star Wars! For a less sweary take on the subject, Rian Johnson:

“That’s one thing I hope people will be surprised about with the movie,” Johnson says. “I think it’s very funny. The trailers have been kind of dark – the movie has that, but I also made a real conscious effort for it to be a riot. I want it to have all the things tonally that I associate with Star Wars, which is not just the Wagner of it. It’s also the Flash Gordon.”

There’s plenty more – consider this one a must-read.


It was John Boyega’s turn on the publicity rounds today, as he stopped by Good Morning America and Live with Kelly and Ryan. And Kelly Marie Tran is on The Star Wars Show. I believe this is the first we’ve heard that she’s narrating the Cobalt Squad audiobook?

Nissan gives Captain Phasma the car treatment. Eat your heart out, Hot Wheels.

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Today in The Last Jedi: Rian Johnson’s social media tour, Daisy Ridley on TV

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 Good Morning America and Live with Kelly and Ryan. She’ll be on The Tonight Show tonight, while John Boyega will be on all three shows tomorrow. Meanwhile, Mark Hamill was on The Ellen Degeneres Show today, where he talked about Carrie Fisher.

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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Trials and tribulations of The Last Jedi’s Supreme Leader Snoke

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.

Lando Calrissian won’t be in The Last Jedi

Although the casinos of Canto Bight might seem like the perfect place to find Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian, director Rian Johnson confirms that the character won’t appear in The Last Jedi.

“No, and I don’t want fans to get their hopes up. He’s not in the film and it was never really something that came up. I mean, I loved that character. It would have been fun to see him, but it’s just not something that ever really had a place in the story.”

Maybe Lando went fully respectable in his old age? In any case, we’re not finding out just yet. We’ll see a young Lando, played by Donald Glover, in next year’s Solo.

The Last Jedi is EW’s latest cover story

Entertainment Weekly is back with their latests news dump for The Last Jedi. The cover reveal story sheds some light on Laura Dern’s Amilyn Holdo and her role in the Resistance; The obligatory gallery features several new quotes and photos.

Mark Hamill and Rian Johnson discuss Luke’s return to the Millenium Falcon.

On Kylo Ren and Rey, and where that dynamic is going. (Plus some interesting stuff on why Ben might have turned.)

Coming up tomorrow: Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran, and crystal foxes.