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Concluding Entertainment Weekly‘s fantastic coverage of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Anthony Breznican sets the table for several key characters, including Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma, in the film.  Kylo must deal with the consequences of the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Director Rian Johnson compares him to an adolescent:

“Kylo represents kind of the rebellious anger that you feel during that period. Honestly, sometimes it’s a healthy desire to push away from the place that you know, from the things that you came from. But he obviously does it in an extreme that’s not healthy at all.”

Entertainment Weekly teases glimpses of the Dark Side in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer

Breznican also notes that we will see Kylo’s flying skills in his new TIE Silencer.  Of course, readers have known about this for a long time. I would love to see Kylo and Rey in a space dogfight and hope the film allows for that kind of confrontation.

In addition to Kylo, many fans will be excited to see the return of Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma in an expanded role.

“Gwendoline Christie is one of my favorite people, and you get to see her in action which I think is going to be really fun,” Johnson says. “That character is just so damn cool looking. Like, okay, let’s see what we can do with her. Let’s put her in action and see what happens.”

Fans were disappointed when Phasma had little to do in The Force Awakens beyond marching around and getting tackled.  Hopefully The Last Jedi will allow her to flex some of her abilities and add some depth to the character.  One exciting prospect is that according to Breznican, John Boyega promised a much anticipated confrontation between Finn and Phasma.  This is a fight that I thought we should have seen in The Force Awakens, with Phasma in place of “Nines” in that fight on Takodana.

Entertainment Weekly teases glimpses of the Dark Side in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Finally, Breznican closes his coverage with a few brief tidbits on our favorite couple, Chewbacca and Maz Kanata.  Chewie, understandably, is dealing with considerable grief from Han Solo’s death, and disappointingly, it doesn’t seem like we’ll see much of Maz in this film.  However, Johnson does reveal that Maz will appear in a “really fun part.”

Be sure to head over to Entertainment Weekly for some additional details.  Here’s hoping Maz returns in a big way in Episode IX!