- Star Wars: The Last Jedi release date: December 15, 2017
- Director: Rian Johnson
- Cast: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Benicio Del Toro, Andy Serkis, Kelly Marie Tran
- Writers: Rian Johnson
Update: September 15, 2017 - take another look at Benicio Del Toro's baddie
We know very little about Benicio Del Toro's character in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We think he's a villain, but he could just be more of rogue who plays both sides of the Resistance/First Order conflict, and so far we've only had one look at him via the Vanity Fair photoshoot. Well, now we have another one... in toy form (above). Ok, ok, so it's not exactly revelatory, but it does give us a closer look at his outfit and weapon because let's be honest... that VF shoot, while very cool, is dark and difficult to make out. Here's hoping we'll get another official image or trailer showcases Del Toro's DJ soon.
Update: September 15, 2017 - Star Wars 8 has its first confirmed cameo
Everyone wants to be in Star Wars! The Force Awakens alone has loads of well-known actors with bit parts and it looks like The Last Jedi will be the same. Director Rian Johnson recently revealed that his friend and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who starred in his movie Looper) has a voice cameo as an alien.
While on press tour in Japan, Johnson said: "You know what I can tell you is that my - and we haven’t said this yet, but I think this is okay to say - is that my very good friend, the actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who was in a movie I made called Looper, he does a cameo as a voice of an alien in the film. It’s a very brief little thing, but it’s fun, and if you watch the movie, maybe you’ll be able to hear and pick out Joe’s voice in the movie. That’s the first time I’m revealing that."
Update: September 15, 2017 - here's what Snoke looks like when he's not a giant hologram
Thanks to Top Trumps we've recently had our first look at Supreme Leader Snoke IRL (AKA, not as a hologram or a toy). Check out the image, which is part of the Topps' Star Wars Card Trader series, above. While that face certainly doesn't look any prettier in the flesh, it's not the most intimidating image ever. Hopefully with Andy Serkis' performance and some movie context, the big bad will be able to strike fear into our hearts come December.
Update: September 15, 2017 - Rian Johnson reveals who's The Last Jedi... kinda
Ever since the title for Star Wars 8 was released fans have been wondering just who exactly is the last Jedi? Is it Luke? Will it be Rey? Or is it both of them (there's some confusion about if the 'Jedi' in the title is plural or not...)? Well now, director Rian Johnson has revealed just who the movie title refers to.
"It's in the opening crawl of The Force Awakens. Luke Skywalker, right now, is the last Jedi," Johnson tells the New York Times. "Coming into our story, he is the actual last of the Jedi." And it's true. Here's the part of Star Wars: The Force Awakens' opening crawl which Johnson is referring to:
Luke Skywalker has vanished. In his absence, the sinister FIRST ORDER has risen from the ashes of the Empire and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi, has been destroyed.
If you think this means we can stop speculating/talking/pulling our hair out about this though, I'm sorry to tell you that Johnson also added a caveat, saying that while Luke may currently be the last Jedi, "there’s always wiggle room in these movies - everything is from a certain point of view."
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Star Wars 8 will continue The Force Awakens story
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is coming to a cinema near you THIS DECEMBER. That’s right, after nearly two years of waiting for the follow-up to we’re finally so close you can almost taste the popcorn! Disney and Lucasfilm have done a brilliant job of keeping most of the details about the sequel under wraps so we’ve only recently had a look at the first trailer and new cast images, never mind any plot details! And that’s the way we want it, right? No? You’re saying you want to know absolutely everything there is to know about Star Wars 8 so far? Well, if you’re sure…
Below you’ll find everything we know about the upcoming Star Wars film, from the cast and director, to the trailer and posters. We’ve also included some speculation about the plot (because we literally know nothing!) and a comprehensive breakdown of all the best Star Wars 8 theories, which you’ll find on the second page of this article. As I said, there’s not much out there in terms of spoilers, but if you want to go into the cinema completely spoiler-free then maybe don’t read this article because there are a few things which could be considered minor spoilers... especially if we turn out to be correct about a few things!
The Star Wars 8 release date is less than 4 months away
Originally slated for May 26, 2017 (we could have already watched it 10 times by now and made LOADS of ‘May the Force’ jokes!), Star Wars 8 is now set to hit cinemas on December 15, 2017 making it another festive Star Wars Christmas.
According to , the UK is getting it a day earlier than the US on December 14 (along with a host of other countries) and also seemed to reveal as much via Twitter, but none of this has been confirmed by Disney. It is likely though as most Star Wars and MCU movies are released in the UK a day or two earlier than the US. IMDb also claims that Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden will be getting the movie even earlier on December 13, but we’ve no idea what makes them so special. Expect Disney to officially clarify specific release dates closer to December.
The Star Wars 8 trailer teases the end of the Jedi
Despite the fact that we’re mere months away from release, the only trailer we’ve seen for The Last Jedi is a which debuted at . While it's not going to break all-time internet records – or eclipse the first trailer for The Force Awakens which reached 17.7m YouTube views in 24 hours – The Last Jedi trailer hit a not-too-shabby 16.8m views in just under a day. And it’s easy to see why. As teaser trailers go it’s pretty fantastic showcasing some serious action as well as teasing some incredible tidbits such as Rey’s training and Luke’s claim that "it's time for the Jedi to end".
It’s highly unlikely this will be the only trailer we get for the movie, but in the meantime Disney has also released the above at the D23 Expo. It includes almost three minutes of new footage (seriously, we counted!) as well as some fun sneak peeks of Chewie in curlers, Adam Driver practicing his lightsaber skills, and the filming of that now iconic scene between Rey and Luke.
The Star Wars 8 plot will start where the last film ended
For the first time, a Star Wars sequel is going to - in fact, director Rian Johnson told that to accommodate this. We also know that , and that this scene will kick-start Luke’s full-scale return to the story.
Hamill recently revealed a little bit about where Luke is emotionally at the beginning of the movie in an interview with . "[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," Hamill said. "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." This guilt might explain ...
That tells us a little bit about Luke’s role, but what about Rey? This surely can’t be the Luke Skywalker she was expecting to find. “Oh my God, this other man that I lost within a couple days was somewhat of a father figure,” Daisy Ridley tells . “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, shit, yeah, of course I’ll get back into the action’” Sounds like she’ll have her work cut out for her.
And speaking of Han, how will The Last Jedi deal with the aftermath of his shocking death? we know the sequel will feature his funeral and there’s whispers that General Leia Organa will be targeted and potentially injured whilst attending, but director Johnson has hinted that it’s not just Leia that Han will be haunting. “[Kylo Ren has] definitely been knocked off base,” he told . “The defeat that he had at the end of The Force Awakens, but even bigger than that, his huge defining act which, spoiler alert, is the murder of his father… that’s the more interesting thing to dive into. How has he dealt with that in his head? Where is he at in terms of that act and what does that mean for him?”
For those of you hoping to see Harrison Ford again as a Force ghost, prepare yourself because Johnson has effectively ruled it out : “Han, the ghost of - well, not literally... I don’t want to misguide. I have to be very careful with my words here. But a figurative ghost of Han had to be present throughout this entire film.” So Han Solo’s spirit will be felt but not seen at any point during The Last Jedi… Well, he does have his own movie for that.
We also know that Finn’s feeling better thanks to a , but he hasn’t walked away from the experience unscathed as John Boyega reveals to : “It got really real for him, and he just wants to get away and not be involved. His intention in the first place was to go to the Outer Rim. He was always brought back [in The Force Awakens], but this is his chance to get away and perhaps find Rey and go off together. He’s trying to do that at first.”
Don’t worry though, he won’t be walking away and apparently it’s meeting Kelly Marie Tran’s Resistance mechanic Rose which brings him back to the cause. Rumour has it Finn, Poe, and Rose will be tracking down the assailants who attacked Leia at Han’s funeral, but all we really know for sure is that they’ll be heading to “the casino metropolis of Canto Bight on the world of Cantonica,” where they’ll be getting into lots of trouble if .
Word is that the enigmatic Knights of Ren are also going to make a far more explicit appearance this time around, engaging in open battle in an apparently ‘massive’ set-piece. We’ll get no more specific about that here, but . Expect more Snoke, too - a spoiler dump on Reddit has been picked up by and suggests that at the start of The Last Jedi. It suggests that Leia is captured by Captain Phasma early in the film - which ties in with the rumour above that she's - and it leads to a face-to-actual-face showdown with the Supreme Leader. More on Carrie Fisher’s role in Star Wars 8 to come.
Vanity Fair magazine's Star Wars: The Last Jedi images
Star Wars 8 spoilers CAN be avoided
Despite the excellent job Disney and Lucasfilm are doing at keeping most of the Star Wars 8 spoilers and leaks off the internet, the inevitable piece of information or on-set image slips through. There’s also the odd Freudian slip from the cast and crew, fans rumours which could turn out to be true, and even some of , so if you want to stay truly spoiler-free, what do you do?
I fully endorse this @rianjohnson endorsement: AVOID EVERYTHING YOU CAN FROM NOW TILL DECEMBER!!!!! #WordsOfWisdom #WellWorthWaitingForVIII https://t.co/OLgmuDpxGgAugust 10, 2017
Well, if you can handle going for a while without any Star Wars talk at all, consider - a handy app that scorches any reference to upcoming films, like the Death Star destroying Alderaan. Listen carefully and you’ll feel a great disturbance in the internet; as if millions of Star Wars spoilers cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. It might also be worth muting Mark Hamill, if you can bring yourself to doing something so disrespectful to a living legend - the good news is, he’d probably be ok with it if the above tweets are anything to go by.
The Star Wars 8 cast has a few surprise names
We finally know who Kelly Marie Tran will be playing thanks to an . She’s a new hero called Rose, but she’s not an ace pilot or a steely bounty hunter - she's part of the Resistance's maintenance crew. That simplicity is part of her appeal, according to director Rian Johnson who says she has the "biggest new part in the new movie”. He adds: "She's not a soldier, she's not looking to be a hero, and she gets pulled in a very big way into an adventure in this movie with Finn."
We’ve got more details about Benicio Del Toro's mysterious man in black, but you might might want to skip this paragraph if you want to go into the movie spoiler-free. reports that Del Toro's character is a grimy, suspicious mess. Here's where it gets really cool, though: his ship is apparently completely at odds with the character. While he's an unkempt wreck, his craft is positively luxurious, putting the Millennium Falcon to shame. The suggestion here is that he's part of a jailbreak, and that Finn, Poe, and Rose are busting him out - which explains his appearance. Either that, or his character is deliberately not who he seems - a classic Star Wars twist we've seen before with Yoda and Obi-wan.
The positively regal . And, as anyone who’s seen any Star Wars films knows, this is code for ‘hair that looks like an exotic pastry’. Except that in Laura Dern’s case, her hair is pink. Dern revealed in an interview with that . This is partly because she wants to save her children the constant, probing questions from their friends. Obviously, I'm going to speculate wildly and assume that this level of secrecy is because she's A Big Deal. Did someone say Rey's mum?
, because it wouldn't be Star Wars without him. And also appearing in unconfirmed roles are the astonishingly wonderful and, most bizarrely of all, eccentric British comedy legend appears in a super-secret role. Elsewhere, Yoda voice actor Frank Oz was suspiciously coy when asked about about The Last Jedi. When questioned about the film by , the legendary actor and puppeteer replied: "I’ve been asked not to talk about it," which could mean nothing, or it could hint at a fascinating flashback.
Star Wars 8 title is Star Wars: The Last Jedi - but what does it mean?
We know that the next movie in the Star Wars series will be Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but the bigger question is what does that mean? The fact that Luke is ‘the last Jedi’ is explicitly referenced in the opening crawl of The Force Awakens, but .
The title also directly relates to a line spoken by Luke in the teaser trailer - he wants the Jedi order to end. If that’s the case, it’s hard to argue against the title being explicitly about him. The suggestion here is that the Jedi Order wasn’t enough to stop the Empire, so Luke is looking for a second path that incorporates elements of both the Dark and Light side of The Force - the so-called we’ve talked about before.
The Star Wars 8 posters continue the red theme
The first Star Wars: The Last Jedi poster was , and it’s a wonderful throwback to the older posters. Rey is striking a very similar pose to the one seen in the New Hope poster, taking the place of her new mentor. Kylo Ren’s positioning, opposite Luke, is also significant, as is the stark contrast between red and blue. Again, this hints at the conflict between the Light and Dark sides of the Force.
Click through the gallery above and you can also check out the which have been released for all the major players in Star Wars 8. Interestingly, everyone is dressed in familiar clothes, but all have been converted into a deep, rich red, which reminds me of a from . Also, the top of everyone’s heads including their eyes have been cut off, which is a little odd for character posters.
Star Wars 8’s director is indie sensation Rian Johnson
Rian Johnson is writing and directing Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Don’t know who he is? He wrote and directed the excellent and utterly unique Brick in 2005, a brilliant, hard-bitten film noir pastiche set in a high school. He also did brutal time-travel fable Looper in 2012, so between the two he couldn’t be a better fit for what’s inevitably going to be the darker middle section of the trilogy. Also, his first short film was called Evil Demon Golf Ball From Hell!!!, which sounds like nothing if not an exasperated casual slur for a Death Star.
Johnson revealed that . Speaking to , he explains that, “what’s going on with Luke Skywalker?” is the central question surrounding the upcoming movie. He also says that he wants Star Wars 8 to be, “a blast and to be funny and to be a ride the way The Force Awakens and the original Star Wars movies were.” He’s also been given the honour of directing Carrie Fisher in her final Star Wars movie as Disney and Lucasfilm have - more on that to come.
Entertainment Weekly magazine's Star Wars: The Last Jedi images
The above Star Wars: The Last Jedi images are part of an Entertainment Weekly exclusive.
Star Wars 8 theories range from brilliant to bonkers
Fans have been theorising over Star Wars 8 since we knew about Star Wars 7 so it’s little wonder there’s about a billion different theories about what’s going to happen in the upcoming movie. Which iconic Star Wars character Rey is related to (if any), what is Kylo Ren really after, and has Luke finally turned to the dark side are just some of the questions fans, experts, and even cast members have been discussing in the run up to release.
There are so many in fact, that we can’t include them all here so you’ll find all the best laid out, dissected, and judged on the second page of this article. Read on and pick your favourite, or let us know if we missed one in the comments. Personally, my money is on Rey being Obi-Wan’s granddaughter because… duh!
Star Wars 8 - Carrie Fisher’s final performance as Leia
There’s obviously one major piece of information I can’t fail to address here and that’s the . While the world mourned the loss of such an iconic actress and much-loved star, conversation eventually turned towards her role in Star Wars 8 having just reprised her role as Leia Organa in The Force Awakens.
After a lot of back and forth, , either as herself or as a CGI character, making her turn in The Last Jedi her final performance. And so the unenviable task of doing Fisher, and her character, justice falls to director Rian Johnson - a momentous honour to be sure, but also a lot of pressure.
Multiple statements from Disney and Lucasfilm seem to confirm that Fisher’s role was complete at the time of her death and so wouldn’t need to be changed much to accomodate her absence in Star Wars 9. That information, coupled with Johnson previously being quoted as saying the story of Leia "wraps up nicely," led many fans to believe her character is killed off in The Last Jedi. Since then, Johnson has admitting that they could sound “a little definitive”.
"I'll say I think that Carrie gives a really beautiful performance in the film, and we obviously didn't make the movie to be her final film - her final Star Wars movie.” He tells . “Given that, though, I think there are scenes that she has that are gonna mean a lot to people. And there are scenes that we have with her where, now, not having her around, I watch them and I think I'm just really thankful that we have that and we can give that to people. So, yeah, wraps up nicely? I don't know. But emotionally gives some kind of catharsis, it gives some kind of emotional satisfaction? I think so. I really hope so. I know for me it does."
He isn’t the only one who’s spoken out about Fisher’s final performance either with John Boyega : “This movie, it sends her off in a very amazing, amazing way. She’s still kept alive in this franchise. You know, that’s the beauty of it. She lives forever in a sense.” Anthony Daniels, who plays C-3PO also recently spoke about what it was doing his voice over and seeing Fisher on screen again. "The magic of the movies is you will see her as you’ve never seen before. The other day when I was putting my voice back on [The Last Jedi], I had completely forgotten what we had shot," . "Suddenly in the footage that I’m watching, there she is, living forever. That’s movies for you."