News from Around the Star Wars Galaxy
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, on Wednesday, August 9th, thoughts of the dog days of summer turned to high anticipation of a very cool December as EW.com teased its Star Wars: The Last Jedi coverage for the magazine’s “Fall Preview” issue. Please Note: Spoilers ahead…
“Even heroes need to be saved – sometimes from themselves,” wrote EW’s Anthony Breznican. “In this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, we bring you intel from the Entertainment Weekly, we bring you intel from the Star Wars galaxy with an exclusive look at The Last Jedi and the return of the man and the legend known as Luke Skywalker.”
While the mystery surrounding the film remains, much of that intel, garnered via EW’s articles and photos, stoked fan anticipation.
“EW is on a roll,” wrote Jason Ward, MSW editor-in-chief. “Head over to EW and read the write-ups as they’re stellar.”
Below is a roundup of yesterday’s MSW’s terrific and timely coverage by Corey and Jason, with links to everything at EW.
Anthony Explains it All
Breznican begins EW’s coverage, linked by Corey yesterday afternoon, with a video explaining the magazine’s methodology.
“Online at EW.com, we’ll roll out coverage of The Last Jedi in eight installments;” said Breznican, “beginning… with Luke and Rey, then Finn and Rose, and a look at some of the new creatures and villains.”
Read what amounts to a forward, here.
Porgs, Praetorians, and Pilots, Oh My!
Meanwhile Corey was quicker on the draw than “OG” Han Solo, as he posted new pics from The Last Jedi.
In his captions of the new images, Breznican writes: “As Rey already knows, you have to search for a bit to find Luke Skywalker. We’ve got new details and images from their encounter in The Last Jedi to launch our cover story rollout…”
Check out the entire photo gallery here.
Can Rey Save Luke? Part I
Corey continued to point MSW fans in the right direction as Breznican’s second piece begins, “Perhaps the only thing more unsettling than meeting your enemy is coming face-to-face with your hero.”
That’s where the Star Wars saga left us at the end of The Force Awakens, with Daisy Ridley’s Rey standing atop a craggy, windswept island, holding out Luke Skywalker’s long-lost family lightsaber to the man she knew only as a legend. But in The Last Jedi, she actually has much further to go to find the warrior who inspired all those old stories.
It’s a pretty amazing story No. 1, and you can read the whole thing here.
A Big Deal: Part II
During The Force Awakens, Finn described himself to Han Solo as a “big deal” in the Resistance. In Rose Tico, John Boyega’s characater finds someone who thinks all of that is true.
Finn’s boast to Han Solo from the previous adventure has come true. “When Rose first meets Finn, that’s how she views him,” [Kelly Marie] Tran says. “He is ‘a big deal.’”
Breznican explains that Finn likes the impression Rose has of him.
“A good guy. A brave guy,” writes Breznican. “Seeing himself through her eyes gives the ex-Stormtrooper something to live up to.”
Caretakers, Cuties, and Cave Paintings: Part III
Jason linked up this piece of the puzzle, both litterally and figuratively. MSW’s editor-in-chief pointed fans in the direction of this article, in which Breznican re-introduces the Ports. Breznican then links back MSW:
The porgs are so ubiquitous, they even leaked out ahead of time, sneaking past Lucasfilm security to bounce around the internet. In real life, they were puppets created through Neal Scanlan’s creature shop, with wide black eyes and furry, flapping wings.
But there’s more to this piece than Porgs. Luke has other company on the island of Ahch-To.
“The Caretakers are slightly more anthropomorphic than the porgs,” explained Breznican. “They’re animated with a person inside (Daisy Ridley said a friend played one of them) and they wear clothes and speak in an alien tongue.”
And that’s not all we’ll find on the island, including Jedi cave paintings. Breznican writes:
Johnson said The Last Jedi touches on mystical history but doesn’t dive deeply into creating a whole galactic religion, but there will be elements on Ahch-To that deepen the mythology.
Read all about the Porgs, the Caretakers, and paintings, here in story No. 3.
More Like Samurai: Part IV
Finally, Jason linked up another article, which gives more details on the Praetorian Guards and Supreme Leader Snoke.
“In The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren will venture to the side of one of his malevolent icons, and fans will finally get their wish to see the enigmatic tyrant in the flesh,” said Breznican, who added Director Rian Johnson saying, “those guys have to be more like samurai… They have to be built to move, and you have to believe that they could step forward and engage if they have to.”
And it seems like Supreme Leader Snoke will be able to move, too. But the evil figure will be a motion capture character.
“Johnson says Serkis will deliver satisfying menace when we finally get up close and personal with the First Order’s ruler,” explained Breznican.
Be sure to check out story No. 5 here. But don’t delay – there’s more coverage coming today!
Breznican teased Thursday’s coverage, saying: “Tomorrow [Thursday, Aug. 10]: Details about the late Carrie Fisher’s final appearance as Leia Organa, with a story from Poe Dameron co-star Oscar Isaac that will make you miss her even more than you do now, if that’s possible.”
ICYMI: Star Wars Explained
Alex over at Star Wars Explained pulled together a pretty concise video, outlining the highlights of EW’s work on Wednesday.
The Last Jedi Coverage Continues
Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican and his coverage of The Last Jedi remains required reading.
“After Carrie Fisher’s unexpected death in December, The Last Jedi will mark her final performance as Leia Organa — the Star Wars character who went from orphan to princess, to spy, to senator, and finally general of the Resistance,” writes Breznican of Carrie Fisher and her legendary role.
“She remains a light that will never go out in the galaxy.”
Leia Remains Unbroken, Unbowed: Part IV
Among many cool details, Breznican quotes TLJ Director Rian Johnson saying:
Her character to some degree or another has been defined by loss through this whole saga, starting with the loss of her home planet. She’s just taken hit after hit, and she’s borne it, and she focuses on moving forward and the task at hand.
Delving into “DJ”: Part VI
Nobody knows very much about Benicio Del Toro’s new character in The Last Jedi. But that’s where Entertainment Weekly, Anthony Breznican, and John Boyega come in…
“All we know for sure is that Del Toro plays a man who goes by the name ‘DJ.’ And his shabby appearance suggests someone familiar with the underbelly of the galaxy,” said Breznican. “As part of EW’s cover story about The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm has revealed a little more.”
Benicio Del Toro is a slicer…
No, we still don’t know his name. However, thanks to EW we do know a little more about BDT’s “slicer.”
In Star Wars parlance, a hacker is known as a “slicer,” and this is a side of the lore that the movies haven’t typically explored… The saga also usually has clear lines between good and evil, but the uncertainty over where DJ stands has a simple explanation: he’s neither. To him, the heroes and the villains aren’t enemies — they’re opponents.
Family History: Part VII
Anthony Breznican explains that fans looking for information on Rey’s origins will get at least a bit of satisfaction in The Last Jedi.
“The mystery was introduced in The Force Awakens when Daisy Ridley’s desert scavenger touched the ancestral Skywalker lightsaber and saw a series of visions, including a starship abandoning a much younger version of herself on the junkyard world of Jakku,” wrote Breznican. “Now, The Last Jedi will finally resolve the question that fans have been debating for two years.”
Speaking to Rian Johnson, Breznican teases at least a partial reveal of Rey’s parentage:
To me, it’s important insofar as it’s important to her,” Johnson says. “And I think it’s important to her in terms of what is her place in all of this? What’s going to define her in this story? She was told in the last movie that the answer’s not in the past; it’s looking forward. But she’s showing up on this island to talk to this hero from the past.
The Dark Side of The Last Jedi: Part VIII
There was no video to go with Breznican’s final piece of prose in EW’s cover story on The Last Jedi. However, it didn’t matter – there’s a ton of info to mull over as fans wait for December.
Breznican says we find Kylo Ren humiliated by his confrontation with Rey. Breznican writes:
He’s definitely been knocked off base,” says The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson says. “The defeat that he had at the end of The Force Awakens, but even bigger than that, his huge defining act which, spoiler alert, is the murder of his father… that’s the more interesting thing to dive into. How has he dealt with that in his head? Where is he at in terms of that act and what does that mean for him?
Also included in this final article are bits about Han Solo, Captain Phasma, Chewbacca, and Maz Kanata.