Star Wars: The Last Jedi is by far one of the most if not the most anticipated movie of 2017. The Star Wars: The Last Jedi is going to be bigger than any other Star Wars movie and will hopefully answer some major questions that the last movie left behind. Unlike the Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi can’t count on the Nostalgia factor to make it a success and will need to answer some big questions like where Luke has been for the last 30 years and what’s the deal with Rey’s parents among many other things.
To answer all these questions Star Wars: The Last Jedi will need to be a pretty big movie – which it is. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to be the longest film in the series and will clock in at about 150 minutes which makes It 2 hours and 30 minutes long. This is pretty great news since we’ll need to soak up as much Star Wars as we can until this trilogy concludes in 2019.
Rian Johnson is The Only Writer and Director
The biggest and probably the most notable news for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is that Lawrence Kasdan won’t be involved with writing the script. Disney and Lucasfilm have given Rian Johnson full creative control along with full freedom as writer and director. Rian Johnson has a great taste and talent when it comes to writing about sci-fi and according to J.J. Abrams’ lifelong friend and Greg Grunberg, Abrams admitted, “(the screenplay is) so good, I wish I were making it.” At very least, we can expect some new ideas rather than a complete reimagining like Star Wars: The Force Awakens
It won’t be like The Empire Strikes Back
While the second installment of the original trilogy featured a somewhat dark tone, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is expected to be more comedic and fun to watch. According to Rian Johnson, he wants the film “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.” This could be a great move considering it would feel more like a new movie rather than being tied down by nostalgia like the force awakens.
More Info About Characters & Relations
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be giving fans exactly what they want which is more info about the new heroes from the force awakens and from the original trilogies – namely Luke Skywalker.
“I wanted to know more about each of them, and that doesn’t just mean information or backstory. Figure out what’s the most difficult thing each of them could be challenged with now — let’s throw that at them and dig into what really makes them tick by seeing how they handle that.”
While Johnson hasn’t confirmed fan theory that Rey is a Skywalker or a force baby, he teased that the film will focus on the relationship between the two characters. The Last Jedi will start right where The Force Awakens left us, with Rey giving Luke his old lightsaber. Naturally, this means we’ll be seeing Luke a lot more in the movie with Rey ” both not knowing what’s going to happen and also having a lot of expectations in her head about how this is going to go,” said Johnson.
That being stated, it won’t be surprising to find that the movie will be centered around Luke and his story since according to Johnson “What’s going on with Luke Skywalker?” is the main plot for The Last Jedi.
Not All Droids Are Good
The Last Jedi will feature the first evil droid: BB-9E, a dark and somewhat ominous, First Order-themed droid in the style of The Force Awakens’ BB-8.
BB-9E is portrayed as a moving threat, entrusted with starship upkeep for the First Order’s astromech unit. The little droid is generally indistinguishable to BB-8, with the exception of its color scheme along with its scary red eye and a contrastingly molded head. As indicated by Variety, BB-9E will show up in The Last Jedi, however, we have no idea what role he’ll actually play in the movie.
Don’t Expect Snoke’s Backstory In The Movie
Don’t expect any new developments regarding the First Order’s puzzling authority, Supreme Leader Snoke, however, it’s highly likely that we will see more of him in the movie. When Johnson met up with the Empire, he said that the mystery surrounding Snoke isn’t just deliberate, but will be present throughout the movie.
“We got the whole story of Palpatine’s rise to power in the prequels, but in the original films, he’s exactly what he needs to be, which is just ‘The Emperor,’” explained Johnson. “He’s a dark force: The scary thing behind the thing. That was entirely how I approached Snoke. I wasn’t interested in explaining where he came from or telling his history, except where it serves this story.”
Expect A lot of New Characters
Indeed, even with even with so many new characters appearing in The Force Awakens, there’s still space for new characters which will also include Han Solos yet to be revealed daughter. Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran have also now been officially confirmed to join the cast of The Last Jedi you can expect many more new characters to pop-up and hope for older characters to make an appearance again.
According to an unnamed source cited by Making Star Wars, Tom Hardy will make a Cameo as a stormtrooper who’ll recognize Finn (can’t wait to see how that plays out), but assumes he is still working for the First Order as a Resistance infiltrator.
Yoda “Might” Make An Appearance
There has been a lot of debate whether Yoda will come back as a Force Ghost in the new moving but Frank Oz gave us a shred of hope when he was asked whether he’d be voicing Yoda for the new movie.
“I feel like I’m a prisoner at war here, and I can only give you my name, rank and serial number. To be true to the people who asked me, and they are kind of my family, I have to say I’ve been asked not to talk about it. I love Yoda. I would be happy to talk to you about it at the time they let me.”
It’s not a no or a yes, but it does give fans something to look forward to! Star Wars: The Last Jedi is expected to air on 13 December 2017 so you should mark your calendars.