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Rey took her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode VIII.

    

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Star Wars: Episode VIII, originally scheduled for release on May 26, 2017, will now debut on December 15, 2017. The move follows the extraordinary success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was the first Star Wars movie to premiere in December. In the popular holiday moviegoing corridor, it smashed numerous records, including biggest domestic and global debuts of all time as well as the biggest domestic second and third weekends, en route to becoming the highest grossing domestic release of all time with over $861M and the third biggest global release ever with $1.887B.

John Boyega told Variety (1/12/16) the film is “much darker” than Episode VII, calling his role as Finn “more physical” in the sequel.

Joining the production crew will be some of the industry’s top talent, including Steve Yedlin (Director of Photography), Bob Ducsay (Editor), Rick Heinrichs (Production Designer), Peter Swords King (Hair and Make-Up Designer), and Mary Vernieu (US Casting Director). They will be joining returning crew members Pippa Anderson (Co-Producer, VP Post Production), Neal Scanlan (Creature & Droid FX Creative Supervisor), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Jamie Wilkinson (Prop Master), Chris Corbould (SFX Supervisor), Rob Inch (Stunt Coordinator), Ben Morris (VFX Supervisor), and Nina Gold .

“This [film] is going to start right where the last one left off,” Episode VIII director Rian Johnson said. “It was a break from tradition. The second film is where we zoom into the characters, getting to the heart of them and challenging them .”

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Who will be the last Jedi? Everything we know about ‘Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie: Episode VIII’

Director Rian Johnson’s addition to the Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie canon, Episode VIII — The Last Jedi, may seem like a distant point in a galaxy far, far away, but make no mistake: December 15 will be here before you know it. And while there’s no doubt the actual premiere is the big payoff, all the rumors leading up to the film are what make the Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie universe … well, the Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie universe.

To that end, we’re loading up this bastion of Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie lore with all the news, rumors, and clandestine whispers we can find to help you analyze the details and get you geared up for the big day. Keep in mind that this post does contain some spoilers, so if you’re looking to head into theaters in blissful ignorance, turn back now.

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A peek under the hood- Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie

A new exclusive video (see below) from USA Today gives us an extended look behind the scenes of Episode VIII, as well as a few new shots that may or may make it into the movie. The affable director Rian Johnson talks about his Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie fandom as a child and how that impacted his experience filming The Last Jedi. Cast members Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Mark Hamill (Luke), and more compliment Johnson’s direction, citing his ability to push characters in new directions (Hamill calls the process “a journey of discovery”).

We also get a few choice glimpses at new scenes, including one where Finn is undercover in a First Order base (or something similar) and a scene where Poe is fleeing from a crashing starfighter on the planet Crait. Accompanying the video is an exclusive interview with Johnson; it’s fairly illuminating, and he does hint that Poe might have a future leading the Resistance. Read the full interview on USA Today.

Luke to the dark side?- Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie

We don’t think Luke would ever go over to the dark side; after all, he was strong enough to single-handedly (get it?) rebuff Vader’s attempt to sway him at the end of Empire Strikes Back, and in Return of the Jedi he didn’t even consider joining Emperor Palpatine.

A new theater display from IMAX seems to hint at the unthinkable, however. The walk-through display (which you can see in the tweet above) features two alternate versions of the film’s poster (see below) — one with the “light side” protagonists, and one with the “dark side” antagonists.

On the left, you’ve got Finn, Rey, Leia, Poe, and more, while on the right, Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma take center stage. The interesting thing? Luke appears prominently on both posters — on the left, he looks majestic, with a flowing mane, while on the right, his hood is up, and the shading makes him look a lot more sinister. Could this be a sign? Is it a swerve? We have no idea.

First IMAX poster arrives- Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie

Earlier on October 10, we received the first official poster for The Last Jedi (see below). Now, we also have our first look at an IMAX poster, which features a slick digital art style and depicts Luke overseeing Rey’s training on Ahch-To. Check it out:

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Official poster unveiled- Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie

On October 10, Disney and Lucasfilm released the official cinematic poster for Episode VIII (the one you will see on the wall at your local cineplex), and it’s vintage Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie, featuring Luke’s grizzled, hooded face at the top with Rey and Kylo wielding their respective lightsabers and more featured characters below.

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We’re not here to make any grand proclamations or read too far into the poster’s design — but we’re happy to report when someone else does! Some fans on Twitter seem to think there is a hidden Darth Vader visage here somewhere; we’re not so sure. Check the tweet below and see if you agree.

New trailer, more questions- Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie

Lucasfilm and Disney debuted a new trailer for Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi during halftime of the Monday Night Football broadcast on October 9. The trailer was subsequently posted on the official Twitter account for the Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie franchise.

The trailer certainly seems to suggest a particular pair of characters as the titular “Last Jedi,” and hints that they’ll need to find common ground if they’re ever going to truly understand the powers at play in their lives. Deceased franchise actress Carrie Fisher is also featured in several scenes, as well as franchise veteran Mark Hamill. Both actors appear to play key roles in Episode VIII that determine the futures of both Rey and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).

Spoiler warning- Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie

On Sunday, October 8, the official Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie Twitter account shared a short teaser trailer featuring Rey swinging around a blue lightsaber — presumably Luke’s — on Ahch-To, in what appears to be a training exercise (no floating droids or metal blindfolds, though). The teaser hinted at a full-length trailer set to arrive Monday, October 9, during the Monday Night Football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears.

What’s so interesting, you might ask? Well, Rian Johnson — yes, that Rian Johnson, the director of Episode VIII — actually advised fans not to watch the trailer if they’re looking to “come in clean” (that is, to avoid spoilers).

That’s a wrap!- Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie

Johnson commemorated the conclusion of post-production on The Last Jedi with a September 22 photo on Instagram featuring the team that worked with him on the final cut of the film.

About 8,000 words worth of pictures- Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie

Empire Magazine has featured lots of Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie content leading up to its October issue, which features Rey and Luke in two different covers — one for subscribers, and one for newsstands — both of which you can view below.

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This week, Empire also premiered two images from the film, which reveal details that we hadn’t seen much of yet. One shows Finn and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) conversing in Canto Bight, a space casino where the characters are sent on a high-priority mission. It’s no Blips and Chitz, but we do get a glimpse of some pretty cool alien races in the background.

The other photo shows Poe Dameron’s custom X-Wing — called Black One — in action, facing down a massive Imperial destroyer-class vessel. Both images are below.

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ScreenRant also posted some images scanned directly from the Empire story; as Empire hasn’t officially released those images online, we won’t post them here, but you can follow links from the tweet below if you’re so inclined.

Don’t expect to learn Snoke’s backstory- Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie

Questions surround the First Order’s mysterious commander, Supreme Leader Snoke, but audiences probably should not get their hopes up for too many answers.

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In an interview with Empire, Johnson indicated that the secrecy surrounding Snoke is not only intentional, but likely to continue looming over the events of The Last Jedi — in much the same way The Emperor’s shadow fell over the original trilogy.

“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.”

Not all droids have good intentions- Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie

September 1 is the second official Force Friday, a merchandising event promoted by Disney and partnering brands and retailers. In recognition of such a momentous occasion, robotics company Sphero officially unveiled the newest addition to its Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie line: BB-9E, a black-and-gray, First Order-themed droid in the style of The Force Awakens’ BB-8.

Sphero describes BB-9E as “a rolling menace” (sounds familiar), tasked with starship maintenance for the First Order’s astromech unit. The little droid is mostly identical to BB-8, except for its color scheme (it has a scary red eye) and a differently shaped head. According to Variety, BB-9E will appear in The Last Jedi, though we have not seen any official announcements regarding its role in the film.

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The toy itself is water-resistant and it is capable of interacting with Sphero’s other Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie droids (there is an R2-D2 model and a BB-8 model) independently. They can also watch the Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie movies with you and react accordingly. To see a full list of features, head to the official Sphero site. The BB-9E droid is priced at $150.

New First Order vehicles revealed- Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie

A recent episode of The Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie Show provides new glimpses of two new transport weapons that will be employed by the First Order in the upcoming Last Jedi film. Both draw clear inspiration from vehicles fans saw being used by Imperial forces in the original trilogy.

The first is the All Terrain Megacaliber Six (AT-M6), which is a clear redesign of the classic AT-AT model fans will remember from the cold weather battle on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. The four-legged transport features a massive forward-facing cannon and folded feet that make it look a bit like a gorilla — a look that has the AT-M6 being called the “gorilla walker” around the web.

The second new vehicle is the First Order Dreadnought, a massive ship that is apparently one of the largest vehicles in any Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie installment. The Star Destroyer-influenced ship will reportedly house Emperor Snoke during the upcoming film and features a huge cannon below its pizza-like main body.

A family affair?- Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie

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According to the seventh entry in Entertainment Weekly‘s Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie cover story, Rey (Daisy Ridley) will be learning more about her mysterious background in The Last Jedi. After Luke’s lightsaber triggered a series of flashbacks in The Force Awakens, fans began formulating theories regarding the meaning behind her visions.

And, because Rey is force-sensitive (that’s probably an understatement), speculation ran wild regarding her ancestry. Is she a Skywalker? What about a Kenobi? Well, in Episode VIII, Rey will find out — though she will also find that parentage isn’t everything. “You can always look for answers and that doesn’t mean that the rest of your life is so easy. It’s not like, oh, I know who my parents are so now everything falls into shape, especially in the Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie world,” said Ridley.

Given that parents and their children tend to be pretty different in the Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie universe — see: Skywalkers, Solos — we believe her. Either way, we’re excited to learn more about Rey in The Last Jedi.

New alien races revealed- Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie

The end of The Force Awakens gives the impression that Luke Skywalker had been alone on the ancient planet of Ach-To until Rey, Chewbacca, and R2D2 found him. That’s apparently not the case.

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly includes details on two all-new alien races joining the Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie universe in The Last Jedi, The Porg and the Caretakers. Both of the species inhabit Ach-To’s Hebridean islands along with Luke. The Porg are a race of tiny puffin-like furballs that were originally revealed in July during D23. We now have some new images of them, including one of Chewbacca and a tiny Porg buddy in the Millennium Falcon’s cockpit.

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The other species, the Caretakers, are an all-female, fish-like race of nuns who act as the, er, caretakers of the Jedi temple Luke now inhabits. According to director Rian Johnson, these nuns merely “tolerate” Luke’s presence in their beloved holy site.

While the Porg will be CGI, the Caretakers will be played by human actors.

It’s interesting to note that the Caretakers are yet another group of non-Jedi/Sith Force worshipers, a common element in the recent Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie films. We’ve seen other characters like Chirrut Imwe in Rogue One, as well as Maz Kanata and Lor San Tekka in The Force Awakens, represent a devotion to the Force despite a seeming lack of Force-sensitive individuals inhabiting the galaxy. With both Luke and the title of The Last Jedi threatening the end of the ancient order, it’ll be interesting to see if any other new Force factions crop up in the film.

Introducing C’ai Threnali- Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie

During 2017’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, Lucasfilm introduced a new character that will debut in Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie: The Last Jedi. Like the X-Wing fighter pilot Ello Asty from Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie: The Force Awakens, the new character named C’ai Threnali is a male member of the Abednego species and a pilot in the Resistance.

As reported by IGN, C’ai Threnali was introduced as a life-sized character model stationed at The Last Jedi booth amid a re-creation of a Resistance war room. The official description of the character reads as follows: “A skillful fighter pilot of Abednedo descent, C’ai Threnali flies as Poe Dameron’s wingman following the evacuation of D’Qar.”

D23 brings fresh footage- Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie

During Disney’s biennial fan event D23 expo, Lucasfilm, and Walt Disney Studios released a behind-the-scenes video for Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi that offered some fresh footage from the much-anticipated film.

Along with some new scenes featuring Daisy Ridley’s Rey training with Jedi master Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the video offers a peek at several explosive scenes with both the New Republic’s Resistance forces and what appears to be the remnants of the Galactic Empire and the rising First Order.

Several other, familiar faces also appear in the video, including John Boyega’s former stormtrooper, Finn, and Oscar Isaac as Resistance pilot Poe Dameron. Veteran franchise actor Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) also appears in the video, and in a bittersweet series of scenes, deceased actress Carrie Fisher can be seen in her last performance as General Leia Organa.

New faces, new names, and a look behind the scenes- Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie

As part of Vanity Fair’s coverage of The Last Jedi, the magazine released a series of photos of the cast and creative team in May 2017, snapped by celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz. The photos were accompanied by a behind-the-scenes video that offered a peek at the cast in costume, various sets, and maybe most importantly, more than a few light sabers.

Among the photos released by the magazine are the first, official looks at a few new characters joining the franchise in The Last Jedi.

Among the fresh faces photographed in costume is Benicio Del Toro, who reportedly plays “a shady character of unclear allegiances … who goes unnamed in the film but is called DJ by the filmmakers.”

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The magazine’s report also reveals that the new character named Rose Tico, played by Kelly Marie Tran, will play one of the biggest new roles in the film. Rose is described as “a maintenance worker for the Resistance” who becomes involved in “a mission behind enemy lines with [John] Boyega’s Finn.”

There’s also a photo of Laura Dern’s character, “a prominent officer in the Resistance named Vice Admiral Holdo.”

More photos and reporting from the magazine’s coverage of The Last Jedi can be seen at the Vanity Fair website.

The first trailer- Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie

As many fans (and industry pundits) predicted, Disney and Lucasfilm premiered the first trailer for Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi during 2017’s Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie Celebration event in Orlando, Florida.

Packed with ominous imagery and suggesting that the time of the Jedi could indeed be nearing its end, the trailer hinted at dark things to come for Rey, Finn, and the rest of the franchise’s current cast of characters.

A big chase- Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie

The spies of MakingStarWars.net have been keeping an eye on production, and they’ve seen some interesting things. Based on the website’s intel, there will be an interesting chase scene with Finn (John Boyega) and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) on horseback. Rumor has it the pursuit will take place on Canto Bight, a gambling-heavy planet, and they’ll be riding on special space race horses called falthiers. Apparently, the chase will culminate in Finn and Rose’s escape to a coffee shop of sorts that the site describes as “like a neon Starbucks.”

That which we call a rose- Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie

Fans of the franchise were introduced to Kelly Marie Tran during the Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie Celebration in Orlando in mid-April, as Deadline reports. We’ll see a lot of the actress in The Last Jedi. Her character, Rose, is a maintenance worker for the Resistance who gets caught up in the action thanks to Finn and Rey (Ridley).

Being able to reveal her role was probably a relief to Tran; she initially had to tell her family and friends that she was working on an indie flick in Canada because she was not allowed to tell them she snagged a role in Episode VIII. Oh, the secrecy.

A dark turn?- Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie

There have been hints that the Luke Skywalker we know won’t be the one who shows up in The Last Jedi. Ridley hinted at big surprises during the Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie Celebration in Orlando.

“Rey has a certain expectation as to what she might be getting from Luke and what that might entail,” she said, according to Deadline. “It’s difficult when you meet your heroes, because it might not be what you expect.”

She hinted that the iconic character could be “being challenged or going in a different direction,” and Hamill threw fuel on the fire with similar comments about his character.

“It was as shocking to me to read what Rian [Johnson] had written as I’m sure it will be for the audience,” he said, according to the International Business Times.

An ominous title- Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie

All of the speculation regarding the film’s full title was finally put to rest on January 23, 2017, when the project’s official title was revealed to be Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi.

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The announcement was made on StarWars.com, and although it answered a long-standing question about the film, it also prompted even more guessing games among fans.

Could the titular last Jedi be Luke? Per Yoda’s dying speech in Return of the Jedi, “When gone am I, the last of the Jedi will you be.” Maybe the title refers to Rey, who is poised to study under Luke in the upcoming film?

As Jedi is both the singular and plural form of the word, there is a lot of ambiguity in the title. If foreign translations of the title are accurate, however, it seems there will be more than one Jedi in the film. The Spanish translation of the title is Los Últimos Jedi; unlike in English, adjectives in Spanish match the noun they modify in number, and “últimos” is the plural form of the word.

The other foreign translations of the title, such as the French and Italian, also use plural adjectives, so the evidence seems overwhelming. Exactly how many Jedi can fans expect to see? For now, we must wait to find out.

Brick by brick- Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie

Johnson — the director of Looper, Brick, and three episodes of Breaking Bad — signed on in 2014 to write and direct Episode VIII, as well as to provide a film treatment for Episode IX (to be directed by Jurassic World‘s Colin Trevorrow). Though legitimate leaks from Disney or the film’s set are few and far between — in fact, the Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie team reportedly hired out drone operators to prevent unauthorized drones from capturing on-set footage in Croatia — Johnson’s Tumblr page provides some photographic insights into the film’s production timeline.

Brick by brick- Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie

Johnson — the director of Looper, Brick, and three episodes of Breaking Bad — signed on in 2014 to write and direct Episode VIII, as well as to provide a film treatment for Episode IX (to be directed by Jurassic World‘s Colin Trevorrow). Though legitimate leaks from Disney or the film’s set are few and far between — in fact, the Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie team reportedly hired out drone operators to prevent unauthorized drones from capturing on-set footage in Croatia — Johnson’s Tumblr page provides some photographic insights into the film’s production timeline.

In particular, one photo shared by Johnson stirred up conversation and controversy. Shared in June with the not-so-cryptic caption, “In the home stretch,” Johnson’s snap of (ostensibly) a Jedi robe in front of a rocky backdrop drove fans to wild conclusions about the robe’s owner and the potential hidden meaning behind the photo.

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Principal photography for Episode VIII began in February, per the official website. After nearly five months of filming, Daisy Ridley (Rey) confirmed that the movie was finished shooting via her Instagram account.

And that is a wrap on Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie Episode VIII. My heart is brimming. #reyout pic.twitter.com/uoEHE37pS3

— Daisy Ridley (@_DaisyRidley_) July 13, 2016

In July, the official Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie account on Twitter also posted a brief video confirming that filming had indeed concluded on Episode VIII.

As with The Force Awakens, it appears Episode VIII will be a mysterious affair with intrigue swirling around every facet. Legendary composer John Williams, a 50-time (!) Academy Award nominee and five-time winner, told Variety in a June interview that “… if I can do [the music for Episode VIII], I certainly will.” Williams scored Episode VII, and is confirmed to be scoring the next installment in the Indiana Jones franchise as well. It appears the musical mastermind has developed an affinity for aspiring Jedi Daisy Ridley. “I’m happy to do it,” said Williams, “but the real reason is, I didn’t want anyone else writing music for Daisy.”

Though Episode VIII was originally slated for release in May 2017, the studio’s decision to push the movie back to December appears to have had some far-reaching effects on the film industry. Though it’s unclear if Episode VIII is primarily responsible, following the news of the Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie delay, 20th Century Fox announced that James Cameron’s Avatar 2 would not be ready in time for its tentatively scheduled Holiday 2017 release.

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It seems likely that Fox doesn’t want to compete with Episode VIII, as Episode VII broke domestic box office records and currently stands as the third-highest grossing film of all time, behind Titanic and the first Avatar.

New heroes and familiar faces- Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie

Many fans were excited about The Force Awakens‘ casting of Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) as silver-plated stormtrooper Captain Phasma, and some were subsequently disappointed when Phasma’s role in Episode VII boiled down to a few stern lines for and an easy capture. Those fans may take solace in the confirmation of Phasma’s return for Episode VIII. “[Phasma] is an important character … A baddie in the best sense of the word,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy in December. Here’s hoping her shiny chrome armor will house a bit more of that Brienne-of-Tarth toughness.

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Though Disney and Lucasfilm generally keep their cards close to the chest when it comes to casting, a few actors and actresses of note have been confirmed as having roles in Episode VIII. Laura Dern (Jurassic Park, Wild) and Kelly Marie Tran — known for her appearances in several short films and College Humor videos — are both set to appear in as-yet undisclosed roles.

The bigger casting coup by Johnson & Co. comes in the form of Academy Award-winning actor, Benicio del Toro (Sicario, Traffic). The actor has made his bones portraying eccentric and unique characters that often reside in the gray areas between “good” and “evil,” but his role is still shaded in mystery.

“They don’t let me talk about it that much,” said del Toro in a 2015 interview with rac1.org. “I’m like the villain,” Toro added, “but we’ll see.”

Despite the inclusion of veterans del Toro and Dern, the new trilogy has largely put its future in the hands of young, up-and-coming actors, including Ridley, Jon Boyega, and Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), emboldening the studio to bring in more of the same. Collider reported in October that 33-year-old upstart Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle, Beyond the Lights) could be joining the Episode VIII cast. However, Screenrant reported in January that 24-year-old British actress Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl) might be in line for the same role.

As of September 2015, been rumored that three other women were in the running for an unclear — but significant — role.

Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), and Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) reportedly read alongside Boyega for chemistry purposes, which indicates that Rey might not be the only romantic interest for Finn in Episode VIII. It’s unclear whether the role they’re competing for is the same as Mbatha-Raw and Powley’s.

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At least one Hollywood mainstay could have a cameo in Episode VIII, however. According to Makingstarwars.net, Tom Hardy (Max Max: Fury Road, The Dark Knight Rises) may also make an appearance.

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Hardy recently touched on the cameo rumors, too. When asked if the rumors were true, Hardy did not deny them — not explicitly anyway — telling The Hollywood Reporter, “I don’t know if I can even say that.” Hardy went on to say that the internet is a “glorious web of deceit and misinformation,” but when the interviewer asked if the rumor about his alleged role was misinformation, he merely said “It could be, couldn’t it?”

On top of all the new casting decisions, most of the stars from Episode VII have been confirmed for the sequel. We’ve already mentioned Ridley, Boyega, Christie, and Driver, but below are some others set to appear in the next installment.

  • Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa
  • Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
  • Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron
  • Anthony Daniels as C-3PO
  • Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata
  • Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke (motion capture)
  • Domnhall Gleeson as General Hux
  • Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca

A dark time for the rebellion?- Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie

In a May interview with Variety at Cannes, Boyega intimated that the tone of Episode VIII would (as expected) be darker than the previous installment in the series, and “bigger.” (Powley was also present for the interview as both actors were receiving awards, though neither Boyega or Powley revealed any information regarding her possible appearance in Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie.) Isaac echoed Boyega’s claims in his Rolling Stone cover story, saying there’s “a lot more to do” in Episode VIII and that all three heroes — Rey, Finn, and Poe — will be tested.

Curiously, Rian Johnson offers a different view on the tone of the story. Speaking to USA Today, Johnson said 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 The Last Jedi full movie movies were.”

Like Boyega and Isaac, Johnson did reiterate that the protagonists would be tested, saying “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.”

Unexpectedly, Fisher may have also spilled the beans a little bit while speaking at July’s Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie Celebration event in London. After mishearing a fan’s question, she mentioned that the funeral for Han Solo would be taking place offscreen between Episodes VII and VIII. We can’t be sure, but avoiding on-screen cremations would be a departure for the series (see: Jinn, Qui-Gon; Skywalker, Anakin).

Fisher’s death and family dynamics- Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie

Fisher’s sudden death in December was heartbreaking for fans, not to mention her colleagues. For the people behind the new trilogy, however, it also poses a challenge, as they must now decide what to do with the character of Leia. Those decisions will likely only matter for Episode IX; according to a report by Deadline, Fisher had already finished filming her scenes for Episode VIII.

Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie has always been a family affair, and to that point, rumors have been flying left and right about the relationship (and history) between Luke and Rey. There’s speculation regarding the First Order’s next move and the potential roles for both Finn and Poe.

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Many fans foresee the reveal of a familial relationship between Luke and Rey, which could explain her preternatural Force sensitivity as well as her mysterious past. According to a rumor circulated via Reddit, the planet Ahch-To — where Rey meets Luke in the final scene of Episode VII — may be the site of some serious Force usage. The rumor involves Luke blowing up a building with his mind (!), a force power that we haven’t yet seen in the Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie universe. Given that telekinesis, mind control, and force lightning are already in the Jedi toolkit, pyrokinesis doesn’t seem that far-fetched.

While the rumors that Luke may be related to Rey are just that for now, Johnson did indicate that Luke is the emotional heart of the film, according to the USA Today interview. The director also emphasized the importance of Rey’s family issues, saying “that was a really powerful part of her setup and something I really wanted to dig into with this.” It seems like the film will not waste any time diving into their relationship, and may open where Episode VII left off, with Rey meeting Luke on a remote island. “I don’t want to skip ahead two years. I want to see the very next moment of what happens,” Johnson elaborated.

A March article from Inquisitr also details rumors that Laura Dern’s character could end up in a power struggle against Poe for control of the Resistance in the wake of some sort of injury to Leia. The piece also mentions that Luke and Rey are expected to travel the galaxy, rather than settle for a Dagobah-esque training montage on Luke’s lonely island. A casino-type setting is even rumored.

Anoter report from Inquisitr — this time, in June — claims that Luke and Rey are not blood related, but that Rey could be some kind of reincarnated Force prodigy that represents the light side of the Force. The report details a flashback showing a powerful tree that corrupts a boy and saves the life of a girl, leading to the creation of the Jedi order.

Rebels on the offensive and other rumors- Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie

More recently, a report surfaced on a mysterious blog that included several details about the plot in Episode VIII. Sourced from an anonymous insider referred to as “General Flux,” the site claims that Finn and Poe will go on the offensive in the next film, clashing primarily with General Hux and Captain Phasma. This makes sense from a story perspective, as Kylo Ren and Rey seem like natural enemies given their force sensitivity, which means Finn and Poe will require villains of their own to battle.

Fans of the animated series Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie Rebels may even see some familiar creatures in Episode VIII. According to a report by Making Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie, a species of birds called convorees inhabit the planet where Luke Skywalker is staying. These birds make occasional appearances in Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie Rebels, but their significance in Episode VIII — if they even appear at all — is a mystery.

That’s what we know so far, but check back with us often as this piece will see constant updates as we lead up to the big premiere.

Update: We’ve added a behind-the-scenes video focused on Rian Johnson.

The first ‘Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie: The Last Jedi’ trailer foretells dark times for the galaxy

Disney and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie Celebration event is in full swing right now, but you don’t need to be at the Orlando convention to see one of the biggest pieces of Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie news to drop this year: The first trailer for Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.

The studio has released the first look at The Last Jedi today in the form of a two-minute trailer — technically, a “teaser” — for the highly anticipated sequel to 2015’s Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie: The Force Awakens. The new trailer certainly delivers the goods, with a montage of scenes featuring Daisy Ridley’s Rey training to become a Jedi under the tutelage of franchise veteran Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker, as well as scenes featuring many of the new trilogy’s other, fan-favorite protagonists.

Written and directed by Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper), The Last Jedi continues the beloved sci-fi saga in the aftermath of the events of The Force Awakens, which saw Rey discover her own sensitivity to The Force, former stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) find his inner hero, and ace pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) journey from one corner of the galaxy to another in service of the greater good. The previous installment also saw the franchise lose one of its most beloved characters, and The Last Jedi will likely explore the way its cast of veterans and newcomers deal with the fallout of that loss.

There’s plenty of impressive action to be seen within the trailer’s quickly paced two minutes. The short blip sets the type of dark tone you’d expect from a middle film in a trilogy, as well as revealing an intriguing message from Luke, saying “It’s time for the Jedi to end.” Just what this means and how it will affect the rest of the canon remains to be seen, but you can bet these moments are no more than mere iceberg tips of the deeper story Lucasfilm has in store.

Along with the aforementioned cast, The Last Jedi also brings back the late Carrie Fisher in one of her final roles, as well as Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. Fresh faces added to the cast in this installment include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran.

Gwendoline Christie praises ‘Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie: The Last Jedi’ for going ‘deeper’

The next chapter of the Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie saga is coming to us at the end of the year. Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie: The Last Jedi is indeed one of the most highly anticipated films of 2017, and for good reason. The internet practically blew up after fans got to see the very first teaser for the film. Rian Johnson will be picking up where J.J. Abrams left off, further exploring the relationships between these characters.

Captain Phasma, played by Game of Thrones‘ Gwendoline Christie, didn’t get a whole lot of screen time in The Force Awakens, but that’s going to change in this new movie. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actress praised the film for “going deeper” and “going further” than its predecessor.

“I was just so delighted to be in The Last Jedi, and for that to be directed by Rian Johnson, who is another director I’ve long admired since I watched Brick, actually; I thought that was a really brilliant piece of work,” Christie told the outlet during the 2017 TV Critics’ Association press tour. “What I can tell you about the next Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie film is I think Rian does an exceptional job of going deeper, of going further, and really exploring what these relationships are.”

Many fans were upset that the character of Phasma didn’t have a bigger role to play in The Force Awakens. Judging by what Christie is saying, those fans should be much happier knowing her character will have more to do and be fleshed out a bit more. In a separate interview with IGN, the actress goes into more detail on Phasma and her role in the film.

Christie said that she and the director were able to sit and discuss her character and what she’ll be doing in this film. They had “long conversations about this character and who she was.” She was delighted that Johnson was willing to listen to her idea and input on the character.

In addition to all of that, Captain Phasma will be getting a bigger spotlight outside of just the movies. The character will star in a new miniseries from Marvel Comics. The miniseries will launch this September.

First short in 'Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie: Forces of Destiny' has Rey and BB-8 on the run

Very seldom does a week go by without bringing at least one new piece of Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie-related news — even when that week falls on Independence Day. Per ScreenCrush, the latest from a galaxy far, far, away, is the first in a series of animated shorts entitled, Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie: Forces of Destiny.

This first installment (embedded above) is called Sands of Jakku and gives us a peek at Rey and BB-8 palling around on the perilous planet. The main action comes when the pair are chased by a formidable, subterranean, junk-eating beast known as a nightwatcher worm, and it is hardly spoiling anything to say that both manage to escape the ordeal in one piece. We actually got a fleeting glimpse of the monster’s (antennae?) in Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie: Episode VII — The Force Awakens, but when it rears its ugly head (and we do mean ugly), we realize there was something far more frightening waiting just beneath the desert sand.

The 2 minute, 48 second-long film is primarily meant to fill in the gaps between scenes from the most recent installment of the Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie franchise and will be followed by a new one each day at 1:00 p.m. (ET) until Sunday, when the collected shorts will air on The Disney Channel. Don’t expect anything revelatory out of this series but — if you’re looking for a fun little diversion to tide you over until Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi — this may just do the trick.

That said, you shouldn’t expect Disney to phone these in, either. The studio has Daisy Ridley voicing Rey in this first animated adventure and subsequent entries will feature Rogue One’s Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), as well as Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie Rebels cast members like Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren) and Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla). To top it off, Lupita Nyong’o narrates the series as Maz Kanata.

That’s not a bad lineup for a side project and it will be fun to see what these shorts have in store for some of the series’ new stars.

You can watch the trailer for the series below and — to all those celebrating the upcoming holiday — may the Fourth (of July) be with you.

Josh Gad ambushed Daisy Ridley to get 'Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie: The Last Jedi' details

When it comes to the Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie franchise, even accomplished actors get a little over-excited about the next chapter of the beloved sci-fi saga.

For example, Frozen and The Comedians actor Josh Gad recently ambushed his co-star in the upcoming Murder on the Orient Express adaptation, Daisy Ridley, to ask the Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie actress about the recently announced title for the next installment of the franchise, Episode VIII — The Last Jedi. And even if Ridley was in on the joke (no one knows for sure), the very fact that it exists is enough to remind us that even celebrities can fanboys — or fangirls — like everyone else.

Posted on Instagram, the video begins with Gad inviting Ridley to meet with him under the pretense of discussing one of their scenes together in Orient Express, only to have Gad begin pressing her for information about the true nature of “The Last

“We’re not doing this, Josh,” replies Ridley when asked who “The Last Jedi” refers to, and if the word “Jedi” is intended to be singular or plural.

“I can’t ask you about Frozen 2,” counters Ridley.

“I’ll tell you that Olaf is in Frozen 2,” offers Gad, only to continue pressing her for information.

“Is it more than one Jedi? Is it ominous? It sounds ominous,” he continues. “Does something happen to you and Mark [Hamill], or just Mark? Are you a Jedi?”

Much to the frustration of Gad and Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie fans everywhere, Ridley remained tight-lipped throughout the unexpected interrogation, offering little indication of what to expect when The Last Jedi rolls into theaters later this year.

Set to be directed by Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick), The Last Jedi brings back Ridley as Rey, a scavenger with a mysterious past who became an unlikely hero in Episode VII — The Force Awakens and discovered her own ability to wield The Force. She’s expected to be joined by Star Wars The Last Jedi full movie veteran Mark Hamill in the role of the famous Jedi master Luke Skywalker, as well as recently deceased actress Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa. Fisher reportedly finished filming all of her scenes for The Last Jedi before her death in December.

The film is also expected to feature returning cast members Adam Driver as Sith apprentice Kylo Ren, John Boyega as former stormtrooper Finn, Oscar Isaac as Resistance pilot Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as alien pirate Maz Kanata, Domhnall Gleeson as Imperial military leader General Hux, and Gwendoline Christie as stormtrooper commander Captain Phasma. Performance-capture actor Andy Serkis is likely to return as Supreme Leader Snoke, the sinister leader of the First Order.