Another new Star Wars: The Last Jedi video showing fans a behind-the-scenes look at the movie has just arrived, courtesy of USA Today.
The video is the most important part of this piece, but director Rian Johnson also offered some interesting details that you’ll want to check out below after you’re done watching it.
Johnson explaining that each of our new heroes have their own pathway to take in The Last Jedi:
“When I first read the script of The Force Awakens, I was like, ‘I feel like I know these characters instantly.’ And now we get to kind of put them through a meat grinder. (Laughs) And for me, part of that meant that we had to make things as hard on each of them as possible: At least part of the movie, they don’t have their friends around. They’ve got to figure things out for themselves. They’ve got to be faced with whatever the toughest thing each of them can be faced with, and they’re not going to have their buddy there next to them to get them out of it necessarily.”
On Finn returning to familiar territory, going undercover in The First Order:
“(Laughs) Man, I would if I were him. Just think of the moral courage it took, and how much just physically it took, to get away from the First Order. It’s that thing of coming back to ‘What’s the thing that would be toughest to throw at each of these people?’ And to go back into the machine, to put that uniform on again, made a lot of sense to me.”
Does Leia view Poe as her heir apparent to lead the Resistance?
“Yeah, I think so. He’s also got some growing to do. Poe’s got to grow. She definitely saw that potential in him and in The Last Jedi, we dig into that more. We’ve seen how heroic he is and now we’re going to see him challenged in terms of stepping up to the next level. It takes more than heroics to be a leader, or so I’m told.”
Celebrating Carrie’s performance, with the subtext realization being that she is gone and this is her final goodbye to us all:
“Having these scenes in the film recontextualize tragically with her not being here anymore, it’s incredibly emotional. For the next few months, seeing the fans …. process the loss and celebrate her as Leia one last time, it’s going to be intense. I think it’s going to be really sad but really joyful, I hope. She really kicks (butt) as General Leia, and I’m happy for that.”
In addition, another USA Today piece – which features the image seen at the top of this article – features a bit of an explanation of what Luke’s little library is and how his character is different is important to the story:
Luke Skywalker (Hamill) has been in exile for years when Rey (Ridley) finds him on the island of Ahch-To, but the Jedi’s ancient tomes don’t look like easy reading. “It would be funny if you zoom in on that bookshelf and it’s all Robert Ludlum thrillers,” says Johnson, whose first duty was figuring out why Luke was there. “So when you see it in totality you’re like, ‘Oh, OK, this is why the galaxy’s greatest optimist and hero would be doing this.’” Johnson promises that Luke’s still strong and the years of isolation haven’t dulled his mind at all. “(Hamill’s) always been handsome and he’s just in this place now where he’s got so much gravity: You point a camera at his face and you feel depth and wisdom. He’s seen some stuff.”
WHAT ELSE DID WE JUST SEE??
Remember that shot of that brown glove gracing the cover of these books from the first teaser back in April? Well it’s safe to say we’ve found our match, and that we can all but confirm that was Luke’s gloved hand, as seen in the featured image above.
Take a closer look at this shot of Rian talking with Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), the Captain’s chair is ripped! That certainly wasn’t that way in The Force Awakens. Perhaps a certain claw-footed creature was perched up there and got launched when the Falcon took off, tearing the seat! Maybe that’s why we have seen several shots of feathers flying around the cockpit. That’d make for a pretty funny scene and remind us back to BB-8, using his cables learning how to acclimate himself to the unpredictable/unstable movements to deal with when aboard the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy! Could a porg have torn Han Solo’s seat?
We’ve seen Poe Dameron sliding into some sort of crevice in previous clips, now we see that one of these new ski-speeders on Crait slides along-side him. It seems as though Poe may need to abandon ship after crashing a ski-speeder, and slides for cover in one of these openings in the ground, out of the way from AT-M6 and aerial attacks.
Back to that photo of Finn above, does the mysterious DJ go undercover within the First Order with Finn and Rose? That looks like Benicio del Toro doesn’t it?
What other interesting nuggets did we just see?
As it stands, the marketing campaign for The Last Jedi is ramping up. Exciting times are ahead and as of tomorrow we will be 50 days away from the film’s opening!
SOURCE: @briantruitt of USA Today