Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) Poster


This was the eighth Star Wars film to be composed by John Williams.
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After reading the script for the film, Mark Hamill told director Rian Johnson, "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, director Rian Johnson revealed that Fisher helped with the writing of the script for this film.
None of Carrie Fisher's scenes in the movie were cut out following her death in 2016.
Mark Hammill and Rian Johnson revealed at a BAFTA screening that Mark Hammill asked to play a CG character, saying that he had done it before (which wasn't true, but he really wanted to have the experience of playing a CG character). In the film he plays the character who puts money inside BB8 in the Casino scenes.
This was the 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.
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 she was not sure if her father was joking or not.
Joaquin Phoenix turned down the role that eventually went to Benicio Del Toro.
Ewan McGregor expressed his interest to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in this film.
The production name for Episode VIII was "Space Bear."
Kelly Marie Tran did not tell anyone she was doing the movie and lied that she was doing an indie film in Canada. At one point, she got some maple syrup to bring back to her parents so they would believe she was actually in Canada.
On the final poster, all characters are placed to subtly form the pattern of Darth Vader's mask.
The film was released over forty years after Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and marked the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars film franchise.
This was 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 picked 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.
After first completing the arduous 600' climb on Ireland's Skellig Michael island, Mark Hamill had hoped that he could avoid having to repeat the trek for additional scenes if he could somehow remain on the summit overnight, thus forfeiting the luxury of room service at his hotel. He suggested sleeping in a tent and 'staying in character'. However, after some inquiries were made with the Irish authorities, he was told by producer Kathleen Kennedy that he was not permitted to pitch a tent because the location is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Prior to her death in December 2016, Carrie Fisher had been expected to appear in Episode IX. Though Fisher's family granted the rights to use recent footage of Fisher for Star Wars: Episode IX, Fisher will not appear in the film and Lucasfilm will not digitally generate new footage of her.
Luke Skywalker bears a strong resemblance to Obi-Wan Kenobi's appearance in the original Star Wars 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.
Director Rian Johnson stated that Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) took inspiration from the films Twelve O'Clock High (1949), Letter Never Sent (1960), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and Three Outlaw Samurai (1964).
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.
The location filming in Donegal, Ireland was intended to follow on from the dark Skellig ending of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). However, the weather was unseasonably good and shooting took longer than expected.
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 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 did not 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).
In December 2015, the production team of this film and Rogue One (2016) went to Mexico City, Mexico 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.
According to stunt coordinator Liang Yang, the same lightsaber movements Daisy Ridley performed usually take three days to learn. However, Ridley was able to learn them in only one and a half hours.
Director Rian Johnson revealed in an interview with the film website Collider that the first cut of the film ran over three hours.
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.
Pierce Gagnon, from Rian Johnson's previous movie, Looper (2012), makes an appearance in this movie. In Looper, he plays Cid, a young boy with strong telekinetic powers, and in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017), he has a minor role as a child in the casino city Canto Bight who displays minor Force powers while grabbing a broom.
General Leia's Mon Calamari cruiser bears the name "Raddus," named for the character of Admiral Raddus in Rogue One (2016).
Rian Johnson was originally considered to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
The Stormtrooper armor is slightly different from the one seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). The most striking difference can be noticed on the helmet, which has sharper contours and resembles the design of the classic Stormtroopers.
In the original trilogy, Mark Hamill received top billing for all three films. In Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Harrison Ford received top billing while Hamill received second billing. Hamill received top billing once more in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).
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.
As with Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), 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 was not included in the official marketing of the film. However, it appeared in the opening title crawl.
Rian Johnson's original cut of the film exceeded three hours. Reports say he cut between 45 and 60 minutes to get the film down to a more palatable run time.
Director Rian Johnson was influenced by the films Twelve O'Clock High (1949) and Letter Never Sent (1960), and he arranged for screenings for the crew prior to filming.
The was the first of director Rian Johnson's films to not be scored by his brother, Nathan Johnson.
After the breakthrough CGI that was displayed in Rogue One for recreating long gone actors,, the filmmakers of this film saw fit to issue statements ahead of release, shutting down any speculations (or worries) on the possibility of such a technology being used for the late Carrie Fisher. In short, all her scenes (barring the stunts) are categorically hers, including the dialogue.
This was the second Star Wars movie where selected sequences were filmed with IMAX cameras.
Rian Johnson was offered the chance to direct the next film in the saga, Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) based on executive reactions to early versions of this film. Johnson turned down the offer due to the film's tight production schedule. LucasFilm then offered him a three picture deal to create his own trilogy set in the "Star Wars" universe.
Luke Skywalker mentions "Darth Sidious" by name, the only throwback to a name that only appeared in the Prequel Trilogy (Though Darth Sidious does appear in "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," he is only referred to as Emperor Palpatine). It is likely that Luke learned the Sith title of Palpatine by conversing with the Force ghosts of Obi-Wan or Yoda sometime between "Return of the Jedi" and "The Last Jedi."
Production designer Rick Heinrichs said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that the original screenplay by writer-director Rian Johnson was so ambitious that it had double the number of sets you might expect on a film like this. "The original script had about 160 sets in it, a ridiculous amount of sets. I didn't say that to Rian, because I figured on something this big he'll find that out on his own. It's a 100-day shooting schedule," says Heinrichs. "So there's more than one set a day you have to prepare for." In the end, the production settled on 125 sets on 14 stages at Pinewood Studios. "The truth is we ended up combining things and trying to be smart about how we're going to do it," says Heinrichs. "He did do some trimming and cutting. It forced him to actually cut the shoe leather, as they say, and combine things in the script as well and reduce a number of things that way."
It is rumoured that British Princes, William and Harry filmed cameo appearances in the film as stormtroopers.
In keeping with a long-time series' tradition, the opening shot after the text crawl shows a space vehicle flying either away from or toward the screen (in this case, several Resistance transport ships fly towards the screen).
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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."
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.
The Millenium Falcon has less screen time in this film than in any other Star Wars movie it appeared in (other than its single-scene cameo in "Revenge of the Sith").
Most of the stunt doubles, particularly for the principal characters, have also worked on the Game of Thrones series.
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.
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 fourth Star Wars film to be released in IMAX, being the second film in the franchise to be filmed partially in the format.
Rian Johnson revealed on Thursday, September 21st, 2017 on Instagram that Post-Production for the film was officially completed.
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."
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.
Third consecutive official live-action Star Wars film (counting Rogue One) to film in Iceland.
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Between Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: Episode VIII - 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, 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.
One sound effect from the movie 2001 A Space Odyssey can be heard in the escape pod scene with Finn.
Scenes that required shooting at Skellig Michael in Ireland were filmed during pre-production in September 2015.
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The first teaser trailer was released on April 14, 2017.
Second unit photography began during pre-production at Skellig Michael in Ireland on September 14, 2015, due to the difficulties of filming at that location during other seasons. It would have lasted four days, but filming was canceled for the first day due to poor weather and rough conditions.
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In January 2016, production of Episode VIII was delayed until February 2016, due to script rewrites. Additionally, filming was potentially in danger of being delayed further due to an upcoming strike between the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television and the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union.
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Disney shortlisted the female cast members to Gina Rodriguez, Tatiana Maslany and Olivia Cooke.
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.
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.
Known friend and good-luck-charm of Rian Johnson, [=linknm0781913], makes a cameo appearance as a soldier riding in a vehicle past the screen. Other notable roles in Johnson's previous works include Dode in Brick (2005), The Duke in The Brothers Bloom (2008), Kid Blue in Looper (2012) and an uncredited cameo in the Breaking Bad (2008) episode "Breaking Bad: Ozymandias (2013)".
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This is the second film of the franchise to have the word 'Jedi' in the title of a film.
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 as the character Petra.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

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This is the first film since Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) to feature Yoda realized with a puppet rather than via computer animation.
This is the first time the golden dice are seen aboard the Millenium Falcon since the original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). In that film they appeared in only one scene before vanishing.
It was understood in the script, though not necessarily in the final film, that General Leia had begun training as a Jedi shortly after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). Motherhood, and later, discord in the Galactic Senate caused her to cut short her tutoring. This explains how she is able to use the Force to create a bubble of air around her and return to her ship after the bridge of the Raddus is destroyed. An entry in the canonical tie-in Visual Dictionary confirmed this as well.
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.
News of Yoda's return in this film leaked out, somewhat ironically, after reporters asked Frank Oz if he had any plans to return to the "Star Wars" series. Oz remarked that he'd signed legal documents barring him from confirming or denying the answer to their questions which confirmed his involvement.
This is the first "Star Wars" film to use a flashback structure. Previous entries had always used Force visions to allow exposition.
This is the first live-action movie in the franchise to break with the tradition to have a member of the Skywalker family in the closing shot. All previous movies included either Anakin, Luke and/or Leia in the final shot. Although Luke and Leia feature in the final scene, the closing shot only shows one of the young slave boys on the casino planet Canto Bight.
No one said "I have a bad feeling about this"
The closet Finn opens to get a blanket for Rose in the end is filled with the Jedi books from the temple.
There are many clues suggesting that Luke is never really on Crait. He has a shorter, darker hairstyle and beard that matches his appearance in the flashback scenes. It is established that there is no way in or out of the base (A character even asks how Luke got in.). When he confronts Kylo Ren, he uses his original blue lightsaber (that once belonged to Anakin) instead of the green one he used in the flashbacks. Furthermore, this same blue lightsaber was destroyed in Snoke's throne room. Finally, Luke's X-Wing is shown to be underwater on Ahch-To, and it is implied that he has no way off the planet.
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.
It is not until the final scenes of this film that that two main characters, Rey (Daisy Riddley) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaacs) share a scene. Notably, they have to introduce themselves.
In this movie we finally get to see the origin of the blue milk. Luke is milking it from mammals on his island. It was first seen served in A new Hope at Luke's home on the Tatooine and later also in Rogue One at breakfast table at Jyn Ersos home.
This is the first "Star Wars" film where Luke uses both his blue lightsaber (which had belonged to his father Anakin, and which is now wielded by Rey) and his green lightsaber.
The first Skywalker Star Wars film to not feature Obi-wan Kenobi in any way. The Force Awakens (2015) featured a specially recorded line from Ewan McGregor for Rey's vision.
During the space battle, Kylo Ren spins his fighter exactly the same way Anakin does in Episode 1: "lets try spinning, that's a good trick".
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Snoke's death marks the second time a character is cut in half in a Star Wars movie, after Darth Maul's death in "The Phantom Menace" (It is the third time if you count Obi-Wan's death in "A New Hope," but his body disappears instantly. Both Maul and Snoke's deaths are more graphic, with both halves of their bodies physically separating).
The only film of the Star Wars saga that doesn't contain a lightsabre duel. While lightsabres are used often in the film, there are no lightsabre on lightsabre fights. The only time you see a pair of sabres clash, is in the Luke / Kylo flashback.
The film use elements of the original trilogy and places it in the new setting as the iconic beginning of the battle of Hoth in episode 5 in the trench is redone here but instead on a mining planet with salt to resemble snow.
Luke's X-Wing can be spotted at the bottom of the ocean when Rey is exploring the island
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