The Last Jedi

It’s in the Book: Last Jedi Novelization to Shed New Light

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Spoilers ahead for The Last Jedi…

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Around the Galaxy: January 26, 2018

The adage goes, “The book is better than the movie.”

It seems clear, at least in some ways, that may be so for The Last Jedi as well.

In any case, here’s today’s reading.

The good folks at wrote up information they gathered from this week’s edition of The Star Wars Show:

What sort of scenes will be in the book?

  • Han Solo’s funeral scene
  • Rose and her sister Paige together
  • More scenes showing what goes on at the casino city of Canto Bight.

“We got to talk through some interesting additional scenes from the film,” said Johnson. “That’s kind of the fun stuff you can get into a novel that you can’t always get onto the screen.”

Watch the entire SWS below:

What is your favorite moment from the trailer?

Over on, they’re polling fans about the Star Wars Rebels Season 4 mid-season trailer:

Mine? The Mythology of Mortis. The consensus? Thus far, it’s the appearance of Emperor Palpatine.

You don’t know what you don’t know…

Hollywood Reporter recently posited:

In the post, Ryan Parker, Graeme McMillan, and Aaron Couch debate the merits of Lucasfilm’s PR strategy for the upcoming film, Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Parker’s take?

I am all about the smaller glimpse into these movies that Disney seems to be going for, like they did with The Last Jedi. Trailers have gotten out of control. There are far too many and too much is revealed. Not only that, but then you have fans who take the trailers apart and guess what will happen in the film. I theorized one of the reasons some hated The Last Jedi was their favorite fan theory based off the trailers didn’t pan out.

We agree. But damn if it wouldn’t be nice to see the Falcon flying soon. No?

No trailer for you! Yet?

In another tongue in cheek post (with a whole lot of substance), Forbes’ Scott Mendelson states:

He added:

Walt Disney can essentially do whatever they want with this first bit of Solo marketing. If the movie is bad or genuinely troubled, then there is zero incentive to release the cat out of the bag any earlier than necessary. A bad first trailer is almost impossible to overcome, as we saw with Green Lantern seven years ago. And if the movie works, then the first trailer can provide conclusive evidence of such and thus allay at least some doubts and some speculation concerning the heavily-reshot Star Wars story.

Mendelson, like many others, speculates the trailer could arrive timed with Black Panther, the Super Bowl, or with A Wrinkle in Time.

Mendelson also thinks that Disney could delay with the PR stuff as long as possible given that “all this speculation about when we’ll get a Solo trailer and what it does or doesn’t mean for the movie is more for your benefit than theirs.”

Nine more things…

Hey man, this The Last Jedi thing maintains its legs! Check out this piece from

My favorite new detail? Hoai-Tran Bui wrote:

When Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy brought him the offer to direct Star Wars Episode 8, his immediate instinct was to reject it. “But…it’s Star Wars,” Johnson said. “It was my whole world when I was a kid. It’s hard to overstate the importance in terms of the [franchise’s] foundations of my creative life. So it’s something that sort of stopped me in my tracks.” He told Kennedy that he would think about the offer.

Listen to the whole thing here. It’s very worthwhile:


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A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop became the beat reporter for 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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