What We Learned About The Last Jedi from Star Wars Celebration


With The Last Jedi premiere creeping ever closer, Star Wars fans have begun dissecting each support of the new trailer and each word oral in interviews that competence give some inkling as to what’s in store for them.

While a tract sum are a closely rhythmical tip (one expel member suggested she couldn’t even tell her family she got a part), Friday’s special row during the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando revealed some analogous bombshells about a dear franchise’s eighth installment.

Hosted by Josh Gad, a row enclosed a film’s executive Rian Johnson, boss of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.

Here’s what we learned:

Rey Revealed

Ridley, who plays Rey in a new films, was a initial to chuck a extraordinary assembly a bone. “What we can contend is in a Last Jedi, we go deeper into Rey’s story, and what is unequivocally apparent from where we left off in The Force Awakens and where we start with a Last Jedi, is that Rey has a certain expectancy about what she competence be removing from Luke, and what that competence entail,” she explained.

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“And as a lot of people know, it’s formidable when we accommodate your heroes, since it competence not be what we expect,” she combined cryptically.

Finn’s Fate

Boyega was subsequent to dump some tidbits, giving a assembly some clues as to where his impression Finn will finish up. The final we saw him in The Force Awakens, he was on a receiving finish of a lightsaber beatdown, pleasantness of Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren.

“It’s been a process,” Boyega joked of his character’s recovery. “I consider Finn unequivocally stood adult for himself during a finish of Force Awakens and held a bit of an damage to a back, so he’s in liberation though he will be behind in a Last Jedi and he’s not personification this time,” a actor suggested to mass applause.

As for his friendly onscreen bromance with Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron, Boyega pronounced their loyalty will “absolutely” continue. “Poe is my boy, there’s always a new journey for us to go on,” he added.

Moving forward, a refugee Stormtrooper will have to figure out who he is and where he wants to go. “Well, in The Last Jedi it’s a exam for all a characters, though privately for Finn,” Boyega explained. “He wants to find his place now: Is he going to be partial of a insurgency or is he going to continue to run divided from a First Order? We’ll see.”

The First Order Strikes Back

Even Johnson got in a pity mood, and gave some flattering poignant hints about a predestine of a First Order after losing their Star Killer appurtenance in The Force Awakens. “The Star Killer bottom [was] a large loss, though they did conduct to take out a chair of a Republic, and that’s thrown a universe into chaos,” he revealed. “And a First Order are jumping on that during a commencement of a film unequivocally aggressively, [they’re] not sitting on their hands. They’re creation some large moves during a start of a film, so things are going to get dire.”

New Faces

After observant that everyone’s new favorite droid, BB-8, will be rolling behind into a spotlight in The Last Jedi, Johnson excitedly introduced a new impression with a vital arriving role. “We have a integrate unequivocally fun new characters entrance out, a few of whom I’m unequivocally vehement to deliver we guys to,” ,” he said. “But one in sold who is here today, who has a biggest new partial in a movie, and ironically is played by a smallest actor — she is one of my favorite people, we guys are going to adore her so much.”

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Tran afterwards assimilated her expel members onstage, saying, “My character’s name is Rose, she’s partial of a Resistance, and she works in upkeep and we can't wait for we to accommodate her.” An picture of Tran’s impression afterwards flashed on a shade onstage.

Like Luke and Rey before her, Johnson pronounced he was generally drawn to Tran’s impression since of her “unlikely hero” status. “The idea that anyone out there, any of us, can step adult and spin into a hero, that’s unequivocally kind of where a impression of Rose comes from,” he explained. “She’s not a soldier, she’s not looking to be a hero, and she gets pulled in a unequivocally large approach into an journey in this film with Finn, and Kelly only embodies that for me.”

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The Mystery of Luke

Finally, Hamill seemed onstage, and gave a assembly some deceptive though long-awaited news about Luke Skywalker. “Well in [Episode] VII, we learn Luke apparently is a cenobite on this island. There’s so most speechless about where he’s been and what he’s done,” he said.

“They connote to things that happened, and to a certain border it’s not Luke’s story anymore. But we consider he’s an critical partial of a altogether arch of a saga, and again there’s a lot of poser about him, even within a film. So we have to fill in your possess backstory. I’m certain there will be comic books, video games and novels that tell a story,” he explained.

So, it seems even The Force Awakens competence not entirely exhibit what Luke’s been adult to all those years. But Hamill did conduct to means a stir when he jokingly hinted that Rey competence be his daughter, as many fan theorists have predicted. Running down a list of informed faces onstage, when Hamill got to Ridley he said, “I see my daugh — we meant my co-worker Daisy.” He afterwards quelled any difficulty by referring to Finn as “my son.”

The Last Jedi hits theaters Dec. 15.

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