UPDATE 2: TLJ EW Coverage Day 2: Details on the Crystal Foxes of Crait, Actress Kelly Marie Tran, and Holdo!

The Last Jedi coverage continues over at EW, as Anthony Breznican brings us information about the elusive, mystical crystal foxes of Crait. We learn what they are called, and how they were brought to life in the film.



The crystal fox is known as a vulptex. A pack of them is referred to as vulptices.


As Breznican explains in the Entertainment Weekly piece, the foxes are inhabitants of the planet Crait, since deserted by the Rebellion against the Empire years ago. As many of you may know the new comic “Storms of Crait”, shows Luke and Leia on the one time Rebel base during the time of the original trilogy.


As Ian Malcolm states in Jurassic Park, “life finds a way.” The vulptices would be a perfect example of this, as Breznican explains their ability to live and prosper in an otherwise unlivable world:

“These inhabitants of the mineral-rich world of Crait run across the salt flats and burrow deep within the crevasses of this former hideout for the Rebel Alliance, which in galactic lore dates back to the events of the original trilogy. In the decades since, they have come to roam free through these abandoned structures. The vulptices stand as proof that even the most inhospitable worlds cans harbor life.”






The head of Lucasfilm’s creature workshop, Neal Scanlan, explained how they came to create these beautiful creatures:

“The idea is that these wonderful sort of feral creatures had lived on this planet and had consumed the planet’s surface, and as such had become crystalline. (The designers took inspiration from) “crystal glass chandeliers and the sort of luminosity and elements of refraction.”


The most interesting part about how this creature came to fruition is the old-school manner in which they tangibly conceptualized it:

“We had a little dog come in and we built a little suit for it, and we covered that suit with clear drinking straws,” Scanlan said. “It was amazing to see him run around. It could run and jump, and it had this wonderful sort of movement to it. It had a great sound to it, as well, because all the little straws moved and flexed with the animal.”


That sounds like something right out of a documentary about the making of 1983’s Return of the Jedi!


The name for the foxes was created by Lucasfilm story group’s Pablo Hidalgo, who put a Star Wars-ish verbiage spin on the term “vulpes”, Latin for “fox”.



It sounds like the vulptices will serve more than as beautiful scene-filling, depth-adding creatures, they will actually wind up aiding the Resistance fighters, whether that be inadvertently or willingly:

“They live within the burrows and within the tunnels beneath the planet,” Scanlan says. “So there is a time where their ability to shine within the darkness, should provide a guiding light to our heroes.”


We will have more from Breznican‘s EW coverage of The Last Jedi later today, which we’ll update right here so stay tuned!








Kelly Marie Tran’s Dream Realized 


Anthony Breznican’s coverage of The Last Jedi continues here. This time focusing on the actor, instead of the character, and you’ll understand why!



Struggling to break through in an almost impossible industry, Kelly Marie Tran was working at a typical office job when she finally got the news that changed everything.

“The day I found out, Rian was like, ‘Oh we want you in this movie,’ I had just left work on my lunch break to go to this meeting,” she recalls. “Afterward, he told me that I couldn’t tell anyone, so I went back to work and answered phones and answered emails, like nothing happened. It was the most bizarre experience. Inside I was like, Ugh! Crazy!”


Imagine having to go back to taking calls for a company at a 9-to-5 office job after hearing you will be in Star Wars? I wouldn’t be able to think. Kudos to her for even going back! It evidently took a while for it all to really hit Tran even after production was underway, still unsure of her status or life-changing role’s effect on her, but as Breznican perfectly points out, she was breaking ground, perhaps without initially even realizing it, nor it’s massive impact:

“One thing that has registered for this daughter of Vietnamese immigrants is the significance of being the first Asian-American woman to land a lead a Star Wars movie.”


Tran explains how she was almost (and sadly) used to the fact that she didn’t often see herself represented in pop culture.

“Growing up I watched a lot of [pop culture] and didn’t really get to see a lot of people that looked like me,” she says. “I think that I’m really lucky to be this person, and I get to be part of this franchise. I hope that it is a move in a better direction.”


We are looking forward to seeing Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico in The Last Jedi, being a part of the Resistance, joining Finn on what looks to be a fun adventure in the middle chapter of this trilogy!






Anthony Breznican’s Entertainment Weekly coverage of The Last Jedi rolls on!


Although the Resistance rocked the First Order with a big blow, destroying the Starkiller base, we can’t forget that before it met its demise, Starkiller destroyed several planets of the New Republic, including its capital. The Republic is DECIMATED, and it appears new leadership is on its way to make some changes. Enter Laura Dern’s Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo:

“She enters the Resistance to shake things up,” Dern tells EW.

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Oscar Isaac explains the complicated relationship he has with Holdo, being that he is, and has always been, a faithful supporter of his General, Leia Organa. This can obviously lead to some tension between a devoted fighter and a new leader.


“It’s definitely appropriate that they’ve paired us because a lot of the friction and conflict comes between Poe and that relationship with Admiral Holdo, who is this person that’s been — at least temporarily — put in charge of the Resistance,” Isaac says.


It certainly seems as though Holdo is not showing up to make friends, well at least not to worry about people liking her anyway. She is there for business, business being doing what she feels is necessary to keep the Resistance alive against the First Order:

“You have to sort of figure out who’s side you’re on or what your feelings are about her,” Dern says.


Holdo certainly seems like she is a more measured leader, thinking about strategy and how to handle things less than being active or reactionary. We know Poe likes to “blow stuff up” and get into the mix, so he may not gel well with her reserved approach, which we are assuming is in place in a direct contrast to tactics Poe is familiar with under Leia’s leadership.

“Even if something seems like it’s not the most heroic thing to do in the moment, thinking about the bigger picture is sometimes more important,” Isaac says. “That’s something he’s trying to wrap his mind around, but at the same time, with the Resistance being in such a precarious situation, he wants to do the right thing, and doesn’t want to just wait and let things happen. He doesn’t necessarily agree with the way Holdo sees the role of the Resistance in this particular moment.”


We know that Holdo has known Leia since they were kids from Claudia Gray’s novel Leia: Princess of Alderaan, so we shouldn’t take this as some brand new brash leader stepping in to change and undermine Leia. That’s not the plot device here. No this is someone who has actually followed Leia’s lead in the past, but perhaps due to recent events a shift in policy, or at least another voice is necessary, and this is something Poe and the rest of the Resistance will have to adjust towards.



Although Holdo has known Leia and followed her lead over the years, as Breznican puts it:

Of course, in Star Wars, students sometimes have a habit of going astray. That could apply to either one of them. Or both.


We expect more EW coverage from Anthony Breznican tomorrow, so stay tuned!



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John Hoey is the Lead Editor and Senior Writer for Star Wars News Net and the host of The Resistance Broadcast podcast

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John Hoey is the Lead Editor and Senior Writer for Star Wars News Net and the host of The Resistance Broadcast podcast"For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is."

44 thoughts on “UPDATE 2: TLJ EW Coverage Day 2: Details on the Crystal Foxes of Crait, Actress Kelly Marie Tran, and Holdo!

  • November 20, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    No, seriously – fuck porgs! I want one of THOSE!! *_*

    • November 20, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      I want porgs capable of riding a vulptex, charging into battle. It would be the cutest battle ever!

      • November 20, 2017 at 6:46 pm

        Battle of Endorable?

        • November 20, 2017 at 7:02 pm


      • November 21, 2017 at 10:37 am

        Jedi Porgs!

      • November 21, 2017 at 11:04 am

        No, for the cutest battle ever the porg has to be riding the vulptex on a saddle made from Ewok hide.

        And the great Bombad General overseeing the advance is still the one and only Jar Jar.

  • November 20, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    I was so hoping they were alien’s capable of advanced thoughts and speech etc. Oh well. They still look cool.

  • November 20, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    so no one is noticing that they have the same name as Vulpix the Pokemon…. really? I LOLd the entire article

  • November 20, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Cute, but I’ve always thought this is where Disney jumped the shark with SW (so far) this is more like a Patronus

  • November 20, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    I wonder what the Lego Crystal Foxes will look like. 🙂

  • November 20, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Love the crystal foxes — still completely disinterested in Boring-Rose wasting good screentime. I hope they don’t waste too much time with Holdo either – I HATED the wasted time in Rogue One when they had the Rebels bickering with one another. It undermines the “good guys” and loses the crowd.

    • November 20, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      I was just wondering when you were going to chime in with your hourly “I hate Rose” declaration.

    • November 20, 2017 at 11:04 pm

      She seems like a charming character and an interesting duo for Finn. I love the actress’ personality and Rian Johnson’s quirky characters (see The Brothers Bloom for that) so I have a very good feeling about her.

      They haven’t shown a lot of her for now and she does look a bit stoic in those pictures but I’m sure it’ll be nothing like that in the film.

    • November 20, 2017 at 11:21 pm

      Maybe it loses you, but, luckily (so so so so very luckily), you don’t speak for everyone, or anyone, for that matter. Your daily hate and pessimism make me glad I don’t wander through this world with such a negative view.

      Also, just stop with this shit. Weren’t you warned already?

      • November 21, 2017 at 2:39 am

        No one is going to “warn me” not to state opinion on a fictitious universe that I’m as invested in as anyone here. Cute thought though.

        • November 21, 2017 at 1:38 pm

          Kent, as much as I disagree with some of your posts, I am glad to see that you unwaveringly defend your right to speak freely. Some parts of this world are not so keen on the idea of free speech.

          As for your incessant Rose hatred: I must agree with you on this one. At least so far. She is a big bleh character for me. She seems like the girl on Phineas and Ferb that is in love with Phineas. She’s always hanging around saying “whacha doin’,” and getting in Phin’s way. Oh wow Phin = Finn. Now I get the connection.
          I had the same feeling about Kylo before I saw TFA and he ended up being my favorite part of that movie. So maybe you and I will both become Rose lovers in the end.

      • November 21, 2017 at 4:11 am

        Also, you missed me during the lead up to TFA b/c I was nothing but a LOVEFEST as TFA approached.

      • November 21, 2017 at 4:37 pm

        Going into anything with preconceptions will usually set one up for disappointment. That shouldn’t be conflated with accepting what happens. Those can be mutually exclusive.

        But in the case of Kent, he’s just dogmatic in his assertions of who Rose is without seeing the movie. On one hand, I can relate as I was excited for Captain Phasma, but in TFA she was barely in it!

        Though, her comic and book were fairly good. I digress. The point is that he and everyone else will beat the drum of freedom of speech, but really it is a strawman.

        Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences and debate, associated with speech. And in the free market of ideas, those viewpoints, much like products, are subject to the whims and apprasial of consumers.

        In other words, people can choose to ignore you. Especially, if your line of logic, in this instance, is pure dogmatism instead of pragmatism.

    • November 20, 2017 at 11:53 pm

      I like the concept behind Rose… I also really loved the Rebels bickering and that both sides had some grey. I wasn’t lost by it but drawn in. They made the galaxy that much more interesting.

      I was actually hoping more movies followed R1’s tone. Just with better character development.

      • November 21, 2017 at 2:41 am

        There’s nothing entertaining about grey, it’s one of the world’s most boring colors actually. Which is why pavement is grey.

        • November 21, 2017 at 6:13 am

          Nothing wrong with a touch of reality. Nothing is ever truly black and white. Especially in massive space empires and rebellions. 😛

        • November 21, 2017 at 10:34 am

          Is that why nobody drives grey cars?… oh wait…

        • November 21, 2017 at 2:58 pm

          That’s not why pavement is grey.

    • November 21, 2017 at 10:33 am

      I had nothing against dialogue and plot in Rogue One.

    • November 21, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Seriously, what is your problem? You haven’t seen the film. You have no idea, really, what Rose will do or be like in the film. She could end up being one of the best characters. Please stop being a skipping record of negativity towards her. It’s incredibly predictably and tiresome.

      • November 21, 2017 at 12:35 pm

        Precisely. How can he make such an assertion when he has no idea if Rose is boring or not?

        I think I can surmise where this person is coming from – and believe me – I’ve come across such comments before relating to other characters in and out of the SW world, so I know EXACTLY why he hates Rose.

        • November 21, 2017 at 12:37 pm


    • November 21, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Wow do you ever miss the point of Rogue One.
      First, you are way too early on judging anything in TLJ, especially a new character.

      Second, the point was the Rebels were divided and it took this threat to bring them together. It took Jyn’s daring attack on Scarif. It gave them nuance and it didn’t lose the crowd. It made the Rebels feel real.

      • November 21, 2017 at 6:17 pm

        He doesn’t care for dialogue and character development. He just wants action sequences.

    • November 21, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      I hope Rose has tons of screen time; especially at the expense of any scenes with Luke fighting with his lightsaber.

  • November 20, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Definitely looking forward to see more of Rose Tico in TLJ as well as seeing Kelly act out her best in her role.

    Also, the name of that crystal fox reminds me of a pokemon named Vulpix. Coincidence? ^_^

    • November 21, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      Nope they’re both a play on the Latin for fox 🙂

  • November 20, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    i really like these creatures, im tired of porgs and the movie is not even out yet

  • November 21, 2017 at 11:40 am

    interesting… the animatronic version of the crystal fox looks drastically different from the CGI version in the trailers. Maybe male and female versions of this species look different from each other. That, or they changed the design halfway through production and the animatronics will be amalgamated with CGI, or completely cut and replaced by it.

    • November 21, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      Yeah, I noticed that in the trailer. My hope is that the practical effects and CGI do a better job being integrated as a whole in the movie. TFA to me, while had good production values, I argue had issues with this.

      Especially, with the X-wings which looked incredibly fake in the day. But hey; rushed productions will do that. But I trust this movie and Rian Johnson.

      His movies tend to look really good, outside of Brick. But that case was due to limited funding. And it seems like the production team had ample time going forward.

  • November 21, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    What’s the point of using a puppet if you animate it poorly in CGI later ???
    In the trailer, It looks like a bad deviantart painting.

    • November 21, 2017 at 10:35 pm

      Closeups without complicated motion are done with the puppets and look more convincing. Action shots when the animals are running around are CGI.

  • November 21, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    So is Holdo a friend or a foe ?

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