Everything We Learned About Star Wars: The Last Jedi From Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair’s huge feature on Star Wars: The Last Jedi gave fans a lot for the eyeballs but it also revealed several new things about that film. Dare you read on?

While I’m still trying to pick up the pieces after those gorgeous photos of Carrie Fisher, I was very interested to learn more about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Here are some notable facts I pulled from the VF articles. Fair warning: Disney and Lucasfilm of course gave the OK for their creators and actors to reveal this info but some could be considered spoilery if you’re trying to go in fresh:

  • Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley had to go back to Ireland’s Skellig Michael to pick up where they left off at the end of The Force Awakens because, of course, it wasn’t actually J.J. Abrams’ job to continue the scene. Hamill previously said he was “never going back” to the island.
  • Director Rian Johnson confirmed the island is on Ahch-To, the first Jedi temple’s home planet and there is an indigenous race of caretaker creatures already living there. .
  • Johnson is the film’s “sole credited screenwriter.”
  • The two images that look straight out of The Fifth Element’s Fhloston Paradise feature guests from the Canto Bight casino.
  • Kelly Marie Tran’s character gets a last name, Rose Tico.
  • Poe Dameron will be (at least for a moment) “coaching a gunner named Paige, a new character played by a Vietnamese actress named Veronica Ngo.” She’s also Rose’s sister.
  • Benicio Del Toro’s character is apparently not even named in the film, though Johnson refers to him as a “shady character.” They referred to him as DJ.
  • Laura Dern is a Resistance officer named Vice Admiral Holdo. Her colorful hair has to do with her “cultural background” according to Hidalgo.
  • General Leia slaps Poe: “We did this scene where Carrie has to slap me,” Isaac said. “I think we did 27 takes in all, and Carrie leaned into it every time, man. She loved hitting me. Rian found such a wonderful way of working with her, and I think she really relished it.”
  • Captain Phasma is seen with a new weapon. It’s a staff that can retract and has some connection to her history but Hidalgo says it “doesn’t have a fancy name yet.” You’ll find out more in her upcoming Marvel comic from writer Kelly Thompson and artist Marco Checchetto.

So, thoughts? Feelings? Theories?

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  • I still really want Phasma to have been one of the scary brainwashed murderchildren from Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath series. I dunno if he’d be allowed to add a detail like that, but I’m gonna pretend hard until proven otherwise (and maybe still then).

    I’m trying hard to think positive about the rest of the trilogy. TFA may have gutted and unmade a lot of the things I loved about the OT, but it also gave us Finn, Rey, and Poe and those are all good things. Likewise the Tico sisters sound awesome. I hope both of them will get a chance to shine and become heroes for a whole new generation of young girls, particularly those with a Vietnamese/Southeast Asian heritage.

    I will, however, admit to a lot of disappointment regarding the new era’s compulsive need to keep pumping out new aliens instead of focusing more on the ones we already know. I’ve given up ever seeing a Nautolan again. Heck, even Twi’leks and Togrutas are vanishingly rare. I’d also pay good money to see some wardrobe palettes that aren’t in browns, blacks, creams, and so-burgundy-it’s-almost-blacks. Let movies be colorful AND serious. Sigh.

    But yes! The Ticos! They sound great. And anything involving Poe getting slapped by Leia has to be good, especially since you know he deserves it. LOL! And Phasma and Rey both carry staffs so I’m gonna keep pretending it’s proof they both grew up on Jakku.

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