While we wait impatiently for the Star Wars franchise’s 8th chapter, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, to finally open in theatres (December 15 still feels way too far, to be honest…), Walt Disney Studios are offering millions of eager fans a glorious behind-the-scenes video featuring numerous exciting, never-seen moments captured on the set of the highly anticipated movie. (Yay!)
Treated just like a high-quality trailer, this 3-minutes long making-of demonstrates just how much hard work and excellence define the new Star Wars trilogy’s films. With a few words from members of the cast, Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Kelly Marie Tran, John Boyega, Gwendoline Christie, and, of course, the dearly missed Carrie Fisher, the special featurette (below) immerses us in the universe behind the universe (got it?) for a unique, mind-blowing preview of the follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“Rian has written a story that’s unexpected but right,” says Daisy Ridley about director Rian Johnson, who joined the Star Wars adventure back in 2015 as not only the man behind the camera, but also the mind behind the script of the new episode. “Even though everybody knows it’s the second in a trilogy, it feels like its own thing.” An opinion shared by her co-star and legend of the saga, Mark Hamill, who explains: “Even though I think I know it all, they throw things at me storywise I never could have imagined.”
You’ve heard it, Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be far from being ‘just a sequel’, as it promises to have plenty of surprises – and that’s enough to get us even more excited for the next 5 months (good job Disney, good job…)! All of this mostly thanks to Johnson, who with his previous science-fiction film, Looper, back in 2012, already proved he had plenty of tricks in store to “make Star Wars fresh and new” (although he “still has to work on his wookie sounds” as pointed out by John Boyega on set).
And of course, a new promotional video for Star Wars 8 wouldn’t be complete without a moving tip of the hat to the late Carrie Fisher who holds its final, probably most impactful, comment: “It’s about family. And that’s what so powerful about it.” Gosh, we’re going to miss her!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to be released on December 15 (an early Christmas gift, if you will) and will begin immediately after the last scene of The Force Awakens. (Reminder: When Rey, who just found his hiding place, hands Luke his lightsaber as he stares awkwardly back at her for, well, long enough to be creepy.)