Loads of New Star Wars: The Last Jedi Details and Images!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi L to R: Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) Credit: Jonathan Olley/ILM/© 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd.

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

Fans are desperate for any information on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And that also includes any new images. Fortunately, Entertainment Weekly was able to interview many of the cast and revealed some really cool stuff.

Some of the revelations are about the characters and how they intersect with the story. John Boyega’s Finn is being teamed up with a new character named Rose (played by Kelly Marie Tran), who — unlike most characters who show up in Star Wars— doesn’t seem to have any higher calling or destiny at all. Here’s what Boyega told the outlet about how Rose sees his character in Star Wars: The Last Jedi:

“Everyone in the space, throughout the galaxy, would have heard about the young Jedi who discovered her powers and defeated Kylo Ren and the young former Stormtrooper who helped save the day. He’s a hero to people like Rose, who fight for the Resistance because their homes have been destroyed by the First Order.”

Tran adds:

“Poe Dameron is super cool. Finn’s super cool. Even though [Rose] is good at what she does, she’s not known. She’s not cool. She’s this nobody, this background player, which is what makes her interesting. She’s not the best. She’s not royalty. She’s someone who is just like everyone else.”

In a lot of ways, Tran’s Rose reminds me of Luke Skywalker, who starts off in A New Hope as a nobody moisture farmer on some backwater desert planet. Speaking of Luke, EW had a chance to speak with Mark Hamill, who described his character — and has some very interesting insight on Kylo Ren. Here’s what the actor said:

“The fact that Luke says, ‘I only know one truth. It’s time for the Jedi to end…’ I mean, that’s a pretty amazing statement for someone who was the symbol of hope and optimism in the original films. When I first read it, my jaw dropped. What would make someone that alienated from his original convictions? That’s not something that you can just make up in an afternoon, and I really struggled with this thing.

“[Luke] made a huge mistake in thinking that his nephew was the chosen one, so he invested everything he had in Kylo, much like Obi-Wan did with my character. And he is betrayed, with tragic consequences. Luke feels responsible for that. That’s the primary obstacle he has to rejoining the world and his place in the Jedi hierarchy, you know? It’s that guilt, that feeling that it’s his fault, that he didn’t detect the darkness in him until it was too late.”

What’s really raising flags in my mind is that Luke thinks Kylo Ren was the chosen one. Up to this point, it’s always been assumed that Anakin was the chosen one, with some fan positing that Luke is actually the chosen one. It seems that the truth about the matter is that maybe neither of them are. The obvious answer of who the chosen one could be, then, must lie with Rey.

But even if that’s true, actress Daisy Ridley says her character will have to deal with a Luke Skywalker who isn’t that happy with her showing up. She explained:

“This other man [Han Solo] that I lost within a couple days was somewhat of a father figure. Now he’s gone, and instead I’m with this grumpy guy on an island who doesn’t want me here.’ I don’t think one girl, who he doesn’t know, turning up with a lightsaber is gonna make him go, ‘Oh, s—, yeah, of course I’ll get back into the action.’”

Some other cool tidbits from Star Wars: The Last Jedi were also revealed. We’ve heard about the cute creatures on Ahch-To called Porgs but now we know there are also other aliens on the island that director Rian Johnson describes as The Caretakers in “a remote sort of little nunnery.” We also got a look at Supreme Leader Snoke’s Praetorian guard who have more samurai inspired costumes than Palpatine’s imperial guard. You can check out all those images from EW below!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will debut in theaters on December 15, 2017, and I suspect we may be getting another trailer in the coming weeks.

About Danny Santos

Freelance writer, filmmaker, actor, musician, and visual artist. Writing online professionally for 4-plus years and has produced and performed in over a dozen films and webseries. He has also been everything from a social media consultant to managing a JUNO award winning musician.