Empire just released an exclusive image from their October issue which will include an eight-page feature on The Last Jedi. The image features Finn (John Boyega) and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) in the vibrant creature-filled casino on Canto Bight, a new location that plays an important part in the film’s second act. Empire also spoke with the movie’s director, Rian Johnson, who talked about the location, as well as his experience working with Lucasfilm.
(source: Empire Online):
Empire mentions that Canto Bight is a city on the new planet Cantonica. You may recognize this name as it was revealed a month ago via a leaked image of a toy package. Johnson went on to describe the environment as being completely different from a lot of the other locations in Star Wars:
“I wanted a new environment that was like dunking your head in a cool bath of water, right in the middle of movie,” explains Johnson. “Apart from the prequels, all the touchstones that make something feel like Star Wars have to do with griminess and dirt. I wanted to do something completely different.”
Johnson also talked about the freedom he had in making The Last Jedi his own way. He also revealed that in contrast to the common perception of the films where everyone seems to think everything is all planed out on a sheet of paper in advance, he wasn’t actually given an outline of where the movie should go or what beats he needed to hit along the way:
“It really was just, ‘Okay, what’s next?’”
Johnson went on to describe his experience working with Lucasfilm as “incredible”, stating that the whole thing felt “bizarrely similar” to his experience making Looper, Brick, or The Brothers Bloom.
It is certainly good to hear Johnson once again giving positive feedback on working with LFL. I wouldn’t be surprised if he jumps on the opportunity to continue working with the company on Episode IX, given his rapport with them already and considering the exit of Trevorrow that was announced yesterday.
Catch Empire‘s full October issue when it goes on sale tomorrow.