Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Poster


Rian Johnson was originally considered to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
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Mark Hamill told Rian Johnson after reading the script for the film, "I pretty much fundamentally disagree with every choice you've made for this character [Luke Skywalker]. Now, having said that, I have gotten it off my chest, and my job now is to take what you've created and do my best to realize your vision."
Carrie Fisher was also a well-known writer, whose services were often called upon to act as script doctor for other films. She later began declining such assignments when producers would solicit her story ideas, then hire someone else to actually change the script, and use her ideas without paying her. However, Rian Johnson revealed that Fisher helped with the writing of the script for this film.
Benicio Del Toro was announced to be playing a villain in the film. He was previously cast as Darth Maul, the primary antagonist of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), but dropped out after George Lucas removed most of Maul's lines from the script.
None of Carrie Fisher's scenes in the movie are cut out.
Ewan McGregor has expressed his interest to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in this film.
It was confirmed in 2016 that John Williams would compose the music for Episode VIII. This will be the eighth Star Wars film he composes.
Joaquin Phoenix turned down the role that eventually went to Benicio Del Toro.
First film in the series in which Kenny Baker was not involved in the portrayal of R2-D2. Jimmy Vee was given the job, shortly before Baker's death.
Kelly Marie Tran didn't tell anyone that she was doing the movie and lied that she was doing an indie movie in Canada. At one point, she actually got some maple syrup to bring back to her parents, so they actually thought she was in Canada.
The production name for Episode VIII was "Space Bear."
Carrie Fisher's final film due to her death in December 2016.
Early filming took place with Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley on Skellig Michael off the coast of County Kerry, Ireland, in late September 2015. On February 15, 2016, LucasFilm posted a short production-announcement video, which included some footage and behind-the-scenes shots, and which picks up immediately after the final scene of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). Main photography was scheduled to begin in early January 2016, but was delayed a month reportedly due to script revisions, and began on February 15.
The film will be released over 40 years after Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and will mark the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars film franchise.
Lawrence Kasdan initially wrote a story outline for the film, but was called away to work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) when problems arose with that film's initial script. When Rian Johnson signed on as director he requested to be allowed to scrap Kasdan's story and write his own script from scratch, which the producers consented to, as Kasdan's outline no longer matched up with the finished storyline of the previous film.
On the final poster, all characters are placed to subtly form the pattern of Darth Vader's mask.
On December 2015 the production team of this film and Rogue One (2016) went to Mexico City looking for filming locations, specifically at Iztapalapa and Tlahuac boroughs. It was later confirmed that some scenes for both films would be filmed in Mexico City, but due to some trouble with the local government the filming was cancelled.
The original release date was May 26, 2017. However, in January of 2016, the film's release was rescheduled for December 15, 2017, based on how successful Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) was releasing in December.
Director Rian Johnson has said that the film took inspiration from Twelve O'Clock High (1949), Letter Never Sent (1960), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and Three Outlaw Samurai (1964).
Director Rian Johnson admits that he moved Kylo Ren's facial injury. In Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey slices his face with her light saber, giving him a laceration that goes across the bridge of his nose. In this film, the injury has scabbed over, but is now over his right eye. Johnson says a scab over his nose didn't look right. Ironically, the placement of the scar matches a similar injury on Ren's grandfather, Anakin Skywalker, in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005).
The Irish location filming in Donegal was intended to follow on from the dark Skellig ending of "The Force Awakens". However the weather was unseasonably good and shooting took longer than expected.
The second Star Wars film that's filmed selected sequences with IMAX cameras.
The title of "Star Wars VIII The Last Jedi" was first published in Spanish and translated to "The Last Jedis", meaning the title is plural.
Rian Johnson was influenced by Twelve O'Clock High (1949) and Letter Never Sent (1960) and arranged for screenings for the crew prior to filming.
As with Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), the episode number will not be included in the official marketing of the film. However, it will appear in the opening title crawl.
Luke Skywalker bears a strong resemblance to Obi-Wan Kenobi's appearance in the original trilogy. In fact, Mark Hamill reprised his role in 2015 at the age of 64 while Alec Guinness was 63 when he was first cast as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
According to stunt coordinator Liang Yang, the lightsaber movements performed by Daisy Ridley would usually take three days to learn. It took Ridley only one and a half hours.
Daisy Ridley took her father to the set in Ireland, where the ending scene of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) was about to be recreated. When her father met Mark Hamill, he asked him "Who do you play, then?". Ridley admitted that she wasn't sure if he was joking.
The "STAR WARS" logo is red for the first time (it has always been yellow). Possibly meaning that "THE LAST JEDI" is coinciding the ruby anniversary year, celebrating 40 years of the franchise since the original movie was released in 1977.
With a running time of 152 minutes, this is the longest movie of the Star Wars saga. The previous record was held by Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), with 142 minutes.
The first Rian Johnson movie not to be scored by his brother, Nathan Johnson.
Carrie Fisher credited Miguel Ferrer for preparing her for her original audition for the role of Leia. Ferrer later became known for playing Agent Albert Rosenfeld in Twin Peaks (1990). Like Fisher, Ferrer ended up returning to that role decades later in Twin Peaks (2017), but also died before its premiere. Laura Dern appears in both Twin Peaks and The Last Jedi.
In late 2017 director Rian Johnson shot down internet rumors that Billy Dee Williams would reprise his role of Lando Calrissian in this film, stating "He's not in the film, and it was never really something that came up. I mean, I loved that character. It would have been fun to see him, but it's just not something that ever really had a place in the story."
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In the original trilogy, Mark Hamill received top billing in all three films. In "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", Harrison Ford had received top billing while Hamill was second to be billed. Hamill will receive top billing once more in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."
It is rumoured that British Princes, William and Harry have cameo appearances in the film as stormtroopers.
The first middle installment of a Star Wars trilogy to include a proper space battle. Episode V only has a few scenes of a Star Destroyer chasing the Millennium Falcon, and Episode II only has a dogfight between Jango Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The title of this film, "The Last Jedi," was revealed on January 23, 2017. The phrase appears in the opening crawl of "The Force Awakens", making this the first time the title of a Star Wars film appeared in an opening crawl.
Tom Hardy, who makes a cameo appearance as a storm trooper, made one of his earliest film appearances in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002). He also appeared in Black Hawk Down (2001) with Ewan McGregor. He and Mark Hamill have also both appeared in the Batman franchise. Hardy played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), while Hamill voiced the Joker.
Rian Johnson revealed on Thursday, September 21st, 2017 on Instagram that Post-Production for the film was officially completed.
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When Prince William and Prince Harry visited the set of the film, they were escorted on a VIP tour of Pinewood Studios by Daisy Ridley.
The Aurebesh lettering on Rose Tico's Resistance coveralls reads "GLD" and "landing officer." The same words were printed on the background alien Vober Dand's clothing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), and according to the Visual Guide published for that movie, "GLD" stands for "Ground Logistics Division."
Tim Rose in his Admiral Ackbar look changes his iconic line "It's a trap" to "It's A Wrap" as a after filming was wrap.
Director Rian Johnson revealed in an interview with the film website Collider that the first cut of the film ran over three hours.
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The fourth Star Wars film to be released in IMAX, being the second film in the franchise to be filmed partially in the format.
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Between Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), Daisy Ridley had been in talks to succeed Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft in the reboot Tomb Raider (2018) but the role went to Alicia Vikander.
Tom Hardy made his film debut in Black Hawk Down (2001), opposite Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequel trilogy. He later appeared in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), a remake of a television film that had starred Alec Guinness, who played the older Kenobi. Hardy also appeared in the film Warrior (2011), in which his character's brother is played by Joel Edgerton, who played Owen Lars in the prequel films. Hardy also appeared in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), making him a veteran of both franchises.
Disney shortlisted the female cast members to Gina Rodriguez, Tatiana Maslany and Olivia Cooke.
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The first teaser trailer was released on April 14, 2017.
Footage was shown to Disney shareholders.[March 2017]
Laura Dern has starred as Sandy Williams in David Lynch's classic thriller Blue Velvet (1986). David Lynch also directed Dune (1984) based on the science fiction fantasy novel by Frank Herbert. It had been acknowledged and speculated that Dune was one of George Lucas's influences behind the Star Wars saga and David Lynch had turned down the offer to direct Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) to direct Dune.
The Stormtrooper armor is slightly different from the one seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). The most striking difference can be seen on the helmet, which has sharper contours and resembles the design of the classic Stormtroopers.
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This is the second film of the franchise to have the word 'Jedi' in the title of a film.
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Released the same day as 20th Century Fox's Ferdinand (2017), similar to how Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) released the same day as 20th Century Fox's Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015).
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Released 30 years after Mel Brook's classic Star Wars comedy spoof Spaceballs (1987) and the Australian sci-fi film The Time Guardian (1987) which Carrie Fisher starred in that film as Petra.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The previous films in the series all took place at least a year after the previous film. This film takes up right where Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) left off, including a re-creation of the final scene and a funeral for Han Solo.
It has been speculated by fans that Rey is actually the long lost daughter of Luke Skywalker. Being the prankster that he is, Mark Hamill made a comment during Star Wars celebration 2017, accidentally referring to Daisy Ridley as "my dau... I mean my colleague."
Director Rian Johnson has said that Luke Skywalker, not Rey, is the last Jedi.
The first Star Wars film which does not take place a few years after the previous film. The film is a direct continuation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and takes place shortly after Rey arrives on the island on the oceanic planet and finds Luke Skywalker and presents to him his old lightsaber.
The first time Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has set foot in the Millennium Falcon since Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).

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