Around the Galaxy: Star Wars News 12.4.17

The final press push is fully underway

Possible spoilers ahead; don’t @ me…

Details from The Last Jedi’s… Press Conference

With Anthony Breznican moderating the press panel, EW.com’s Mary Sollosi was on-point as she liveblogged The Last Jedi press conference on Sunday, Dec. 3.

There’s too much to synopsize here in short form, but it’s a completely worthwhile read as much of Episode VIII’s cast took the stage to tease the next chapter in the Saga.

In terms of new info, my attention and curiosity are consistently drawn to Laura Dern’s portrayal semi-mysterious new character Vice Admiral Holdo.

For her part, Dern said that once she got over the initial shock of actually being in a Star Wars movie, “the intimacy of discovering each character’s conflict is just extraordinary given the enormity of the cast.

Oscar and I always talked about how stunned we were that we were in such a massive environment and it did feel like we were making an indie movie, and you always urged us to explore character to explore this duality between light and dark within the characters.”

People’s Preview

Entertainment Weekly’s Sollosi linked over to the PEOPLETV Special, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Much of the special will not be a surprise to viewers, but the 23-minute video serves as another great pump-up for those of us having a tough time endeavoring to wait until next week (and aren’t invited to a premiere).

Watch the show via the links below:

Star Wars as Social Commentary

In exploring how The Last Jedi might explore the death of Han Solo, Variety’s Matt Fernandez writes that John Boyega sees the new film as a commentary on war, itself.

Boyega told the media at Sunday’s press conference:

There hasn’t been a Star Wars movie, yet, that has explored war in the way ‘The Last Jedi’ does. It’s very messy. The categorizing of good and evil, it’s all mixed together. In terms of Han, I’m sure we all feel sentimental if someone was to sit Finn down or Rey down. But Rey’s off training, she’s got stuff to do. I got a back injury, I’ve got stuff to do. Can’t think about Han at the moment.”

Read the full story here.

Suotamo Sorry

USA Today tracked down Chewbacca’s new alter ego, Joonas Suotamo, and got the lowdown on replacing a legend.

However, writer Brian Truitt also cut to the chase, asking Joonas if he had any regrets regarding his character’s avian avarice.

“I definitely felt bad about pushing the porg aside so violently like I did,” he told Truitt, adding of Chewie’s interactions with the creatures:

[L]ike any relationship, it needs some work, and Chewie doesn’t warm up very fast to anything. He’ll need some encouragement… I think the porgs need to initiate the friendliness.”

Hopefully that fills your lunch hour. Keep it here on MSW! JB

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John Bishop

A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop became the beat reporter for BostonBruins.com prior to the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smart phone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke in central Massachusetts.

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