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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."
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Mark Hamill and Rian Johnson revealed at a BAFTA screening that Mark Hamill 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.
None of Carrie Fisher's scenes in the movie were cut out following her death in 2016.
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.
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.
After first completing the arduous 600-foot 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.
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.
Joaquin Phoenix turned down the role that eventually went to Benicio Del Toro.
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.
Ewan McGregor expressed his interest to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in this film.
General Leia Organa's Mon Calamari cruiser bears the name "Raddus," named for the character of Admiral Raddus in Rogue One (2016).
The production name for Episode VIII was "Space Bear."
This was the eighth Star Wars film to be composed by John Williams.
This is the first "Star Wars" film to use a flashback structure. Previous entries had always used Force visions to allow exposition.
On the final poster, all characters are placed to subtly form the pattern of Darth Vader's mask.
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.
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.
This was Carrie Fisher's final film due to her death in December 2016.
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."
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.
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.
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, to which the producers consented, as Kasdan's outline no longer matched up with the finished storyline of the previous film.
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. Coincidentally, the placement of the scar matches a similar injury on Anakin Skywalker, in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005).
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.
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).
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.
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.
The location filming in 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.
Rogue One (2016) director Gareth Edwards makes a short cameo as an entrenched Resistance soldier during the final battle.
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).
According to stunt coordinator Liang Yang, the 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.
The scene with the "ship" that turns out to be a clothes iron is likely a tribute to "Hardware Wars", a spoof short made after the original Star Wars was released.
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.
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.
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."
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).
Director Rian Johnson revealed in an interview with the film website Collider that the first cut of the film ran over three hours.
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 title of "Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi" was first published in Spain and translated to "The Last Jedis," meaning the title is plural.
With the passing of Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels is now the only remaining actor to appear in all the official Star Wars films.
Rian Johnson was originally considered to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
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.
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."
It was rumoured that British Princes, William and Harry filmed cameo appearances in the film as Stormtroopers. This was later confirmed by John Boyega, however whether they made the final cut has yet to be confirmed
This was the first of director Rian Johnson's films to not be scored by his brother, Nathan Johnson.
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 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").
Original burn marks are still visible on Luke's mechanical hand.
The creatures known as Porgs are never actually mentioned by name on screen.
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 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."
One sound effect from the movie 2001 A Space Odyssey can be heard in the escape pod scene with Finn.
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.
Post-production for the film was officially completed in late September 2017.
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.
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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Third consecutive official live-action Star Wars film (counting Rogue One) to film in Iceland.
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.
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.
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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Hit $45 million in the opening night.
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Disney shortlisted the female cast members to Gina Rodriguez, Tatiana Maslany and Olivia Cooke.
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.
Features the first Star Wars soundtrack to incorporate songs from outside the Star Wars universe: "Aquarela do Brasil," better known in English as "Brazil," by Ary Barroso, and "The Long Goodbye," by John Williams and Johnny Mercer. "The Long Goodbye" was the title song from the the Robert Altman film, which was written by Leigh Brackett, who wrote the original draft of the screenplay for The Empire Strikes Back. (In the first Star Wars film, George Lucas used "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller as a temporary track during the Mos Eisley Cantina scene, which John Williams reworked to the familiar "Cantina Band" theme.)
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Footage was shown to Disney shareholders in March 2017.
This is the second film of the franchise to have the word "Jedi" in the title of a film.
This is the only sequel in a Star Wars trilogy to not have a four word subtitle (ex. Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) while the first in each trilogy have three word subtitles (ex. The Phantom Menace, A New Hope, The Force Awakens) thus breaking tradition.
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Known friend and good-luck-charm of Rian Johnson, Noah Segan, 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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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.
First Star Wars film to contain a flashback scene.
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Laura Dern (Amilyn Holdo) was just 7-years-old when her parents brought her to see the original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
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Grossed $450 million worldwide in just 3 days.
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Laura Dern plays a high-ranking Rebel officer in this movie, but is probably best-known as Dr. Ellie Sattler from the Jurassic Park franchise. A rippling cup of tea is shown in The Last Jedi, a direct nod to the iconic cup of water from Jurassic Park.
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Released two days before Rian Johnson's birthday.
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This film marks the first time since The Empire Strikes Back that Luke Skywalker was on the Millennium Falcon
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Lucasfilm announced the title "The Last Jedi" on January 23, 2017.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

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.
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.
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.
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Another giveaway that Luke Skywalker's presence on Crait is an illusion is that unlike every other creature on the planet, his steps do not stir up the red soil just under the salty surface of the planet.
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 had signed legal documents barring him from confirming or denying the answer to their questions which confirmed his involvement.
It was understood in the script, though not necessarily in the final film, that General Leia Organa 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.
The closet Finn opens to get a blanket for Rose in the end is filled with the Jedi books from the temple.
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."
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.
It is not until the final scenes of this film that that two main characters, Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) share a scene. Notably, they have to introduce themselves.
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 instead of the green one he used in the flashbacks. Furthermore, this same blue lightsaber was destroyed in Snoke's throne room. Finally, during the fight Kylo Ren's feet are shown to scratch through the salt covering revealing the red mineral beneath, but Luke's feet are shown to make no such impression.
Contrary to belief, director Rian Johnson confirmed the iconic "I have a bad feeling about this" line was indeed in the final cut of the movie. At the beginning of the film Poe and BB-8 approach the Dreadnaught and BB-8 beeps, to which Poe replies "Happy beeps, buddy". It is here that the droid mentions the line that has been included in every film up to this point, though it is difficult to understand without subtitles or translations.
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.
The first Star Wars film since Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983) to feature a Force Ghost. It also marks the first time that Yoda's Force Ghost speaks.
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).
During the space battle, Kylo Ren spins his fighter exactly the same way Anakin does in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), saying, "Let's try spinning; that's a good trick."
The force ghost of Yoda destroying the Jedi library is the first time we see a light side user of the force use force lightning.
Luke jokingly asks Rey if she'll face down the first order with a laser sword. At the end of the film he does just that.
On the ITV Good Morning show, Holly Willoughby accidently confirmed Yoda to be in the film while doing a video interview with John Boyega. He instantly looked shocked and Holly tried to cover her mistake by saying the news was "out there"
Luke's final scene resembles that of the scene in Episode IV while he is looking at the Tatooine suns, before embarking on his adventure. However in Episode VIII, Luke looks at the two suns of Ahch-To, in what could be his final appearance in the Star Wars Saga.
The character played by Benicio Del Toro is never referred to by name. Tie-in merchandise refers to him only by the initials "DJ," which appear on his hat.
The only film of the Star Wars Skywalker saga that doesn't contain a lightsaber duel. While lightsabers are used often in the film, there are no actual lightsaber on lightsaber fights. The only time you see a pair of sabres clash, is in the Luke/Kylo flashback.
Not including Rogue One, this is the first Star Wars Film that has a character from the film saying the title, as Luke Skywalker says the line "I will not be The Last Jedi." Some of the titles were referenced in other films of the series but none specifically stated the title in their direct films.
When Leia is flying back into the cruiser, she flies through and breaks up a hologram of Snoke's ship, foreshadowing its future.
Maz Kanata is seen over a hologram while in the heat of battle. She wears a rocketpack/jetpack and as she turns, you can see the details more clearly. This pack is designed to mirror the jetpack that is worn in the Disney film The Rocketeer.
As mentioned in the film at one point, Admiral Ackbar, famous for his "It's a Trap!" line in Return of the Jedi, was among those killed in the explosion on the frigate when Kylo Ren's Tie Fighter squadron bombed the bridge.
A fat bearded X-wing fighter pilot similar in appearance to Jek Porkins from the first Star Wars film appears to be killed again in the opening battle scene.
First Star Wars film to have one of the stronger swear words used by a character "You murdering bas*ard!"
Finn is arrested on the Casino planet on the charge referred to as "27-B/6" A 27-B/6 is also the required paperwork needed to make repairs to domestic duct work in the dystopian movie "Brazil" by Terry Gilliam.
The first time that the second film in a Star Wars trilogy does not have the main protagonist losing their hand in a light saber duel.
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker becomes the third top-billed actor, and fourth top-billed character, to die on screen. Liam Neeson and Harrison Ford both died by being impaled on a lightsaber. Ewan McGregor received top billing for playing Obi-Wan Kenobi, but Alec Guinness played out his death. Luke and Obi-Wan both vanish, becoming one with the Force.
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According to Rian Johnson, DJ stands for Don't Join, a phrase he got from an early record advertisement for Elvis Costello. DJ explains his neutral stance to Finn by saying "Don't Join" is his philosophy in life.
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It is not revealed until the final scenes that Ahch-To is part of a binary solar system. As Luke is dying he watches the binary sunset, just as he did on Tatooine in Revenge Of The Sith (as a baby) and A New Hope (as a young man wishing for a life of adventure).
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When Han meets Leia in "The Force Awakens", he says "you've changed your hair". When Leia meets Luke in "The Last Jedi", she says "I've changed my hair".
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The climax, in which Rey and Kylo Ren are brought before Snoke, parallels both the climax of Return of the Jedi and the beginning of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. In the latter, Kylo Ren's grandfather Anakin Skywalker kills Count Dooku, while in this film, Ren kills Snoke. Dooku and Snoke were played by Christopher Lee and Andy Serkis, who appeared together in the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films.
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Mark Hamill claimed in interviews that he had discussed ideas for Luke Skywalker with Colin Trevorrow, the originally assigned director of the third movie in the trilogy. Hamill claimed that Trevorrow's ideas for Luke were more on similar to his own than they were with Rian Johnson's, and that more would be revealed about Luke in the third picture. However, Trevorrow was replaced as director by JJ Abrahams.
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