New behind the scenes photos have surfaced of Salar de Uyuni, amid the Andes in southwest Bolivia, which is now confirmed to be the filming location for the planet Crait in The Last Jedi. After the photos we have some speculation about the planet and it’s potential purpose and impact in the film.
CRAIT: SPECULATION ON THE PLANET’S SIGNIFICANCE
Not that all Star Wars planets names are based on real words in regards to symbolism, but if we aren’t going to speculate and theorize, what’s the fun in that? With that said, Crait is a form of the word croit, an indicative of croire which means “to place one’s heart, to trust, believe”. That sounds very Star Wars to me, and Rian Johnson say this planet will play a big part in the film.
As we learned in Rogue One, the planet Jedah was mined by the Empire for kyber crystals. In The Last Jedi teaser we saw these quirky, new, assumed to be Resistance ships tearing up the surface of Crait exposing a red substance. Is it possible Crait is being mined for something as well? Rian Johnson revealed to Entertainment Weekly that Crait is a desolate place, rich with minerals for mining.
“It’s way out there. It’s very remote. It’s uncharted,” says Johnson. “It’s a mineral planet and so there are mines on it.”
So we have an uncharted planet, rich with minerals, with mines, that will play a big part in the film, which based on the teaser appears to be a struggle between balancing the light and dark side of the Force. Pablo Hidalgo did confirm on twitter late last year that a Sith, Jedi, or anyone, “can find it (a kyber crystal) the way anyone can. Digging them out of the ground.” Now we know crystals do not take on a color until it is bonded, so the red minerals could just be the soil that the crystals are found within and not necessarily have any bearing on the color of the crystals.
Notice in the trailer even though these new speeders/ships are seemingly flying towards the First Order walkers, they are not firing shots (granted neither are the walkers), but are dragging and cutting up the surface of the planet. It’s possible these ships are not for warfare at all, but strictly for mining, and the First Order is there to intercept them.
In the trailer, the one speeder focused on seems to be having a rough time, bouncing off the surface, perhaps someone who isn’t a very good pilot. We can rule out Poe Dameron of course, and I think that’s above Rey’s pay grade at this point, so could it be Finn? Rose?
What do you think of the photos? I think it was a great location for a Star Wars planet, because frankly it’s not a desert and it doesn’t have snow, so it’s fresh and unique to the saga.
What is your take on the speculation about the planet’s involvement and purpose in The Last Jedi? Sound off below and let us know! Now that the trailer is out “this is where the fun begins”, we look forward to the journey to December!
“For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is.”