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Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi Trailer 2 – 80 HD Screenshots and Breakdown

So how many times have you watched it?  I’m up to over a dozen viewings of The Last Jedi trailer, and I’ll be honest, my inner 10-year-old kept me up all night running through shots, amazingly cool things, HUGE questions, etc.  The wait was clearly worth it for the trailer, and I have no doubt it will for The Last Jedi proper.  OK, so we’ve watched it to death.  What are the big takeaways?

  • There’s going to be a duality of training: Snoke finally refining Kylo Ren’s power, and Luke initially appearing to agree to train Rey (remember this film will pick up exactly where Episode VII left off).
  • Luke realizes the full potential Rey has and completely freaks out.  It would seem that, at this point, he will stop her training.

Mark Hamill in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

  • Not content at patricide, Kylo looks to be severing any connection left to the light, and the implication from the trailer is that he will hunt down and kill his mother.  We know, due to Carrie Fisher’s tragic death, that Leia’s storyline will finish in this film…things aren’t looking good for Leia (whose own storyline for the film wasn’t even touched on as was barely those for Poe, Finn, and Chewie).
  • Crait (the salt flat planet introduced in the last trailer) looks like it will be the scene of an epic battle on the surface, inside the planet (I’m assuming the Falcon is racing through Crait’s interior, but that’s pure speculation as is that the immense space battle is taking place above the mining planet), and over it.  What makes Crait so special?  I’m betting that’s the convergence of Leia, Poe, and Finn’s stories.

Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

  • The convergence of Kylo & Rey’s seems to indicate that Rey, frustrated by Luke’s refusal and with nowhere to turn, takes Ren up on his offer to teach her from Episode VII.  This could be a red herring, but Rey is going to end up in front of Snoke somehow.  Could it be the BIG GIANT TWIST is that Rey is going to join Ren and Snoke?  No, I don’t think so either, but it’s there for us to angst over for two months.
  • One more note: no duel featured in the trailer.  All lightsaber use is in training.  All episodic Star Wars films have a duel, and this will too, but with the interactions between Luke, Rey, Kylo, Snoke…who will be fighting who seems totally up in the air.
  • Rian Johnson seems to have put together a massive blend of action and character-driven drama, and I think we can pretend to know all we want, we’re still going to be surprised.  Now let’s dig deeeeeep.

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Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi Trailer #2 “Fulfill. Your. Destiny!”

There will be plenty of time to analyze it still-by-still tomorrow, but for now, here it is: the only full trailer there will be for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, straight from its debut on Monday Night Football.  I’m so blown away I can barely think straight!  Tickets purchased!

In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past. The film stars Mark Hamill, the late Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin are the executive producers. Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in U.S. theaters on December 15, 2017.
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JJ Abrams Will Return for Star Wars Episode IX; Film’s Release Pushed to December 2019!!!

JJ Abrams

After parting ways with Colin Trevorrow last week (click here for more details), Lucasfilm moved with their typical lightning speed to replace directors and the new boss is same as the old boss.  The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson was first offered the film, but declined stating he’d not be averse to doing a future Star Wars film though.  Lucasfilm then went back to the man who kicked off the Star Wars renaissance and JJ Abrams will return to direct and write a new script (with Chris Terrerio) for Star Wars Episode IX.  Since they’re now starting from scratch, the film has been delayed for a Christmas 2019 release.

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Colin Trevorrow Leaves Star Wars Episode IX; What is it With Lucasfilm and Directors???

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Lucasfilm fired a Star Wars director.  Though it’s being spun as a mutually agreeable parting of ways, Variety is reporting Trevorrow much like Phil Miller, Chris Lord, and Josh Trank, was fired off of his Star Wars project.  Forgot about Trank, didn’t you? (and we’re not even sure what spin-off that was supposed to be for).  However, it’s been less than three months since Lord & Miller were fired with only three weeks left in Han Solo‘s principal photography and replaced with Ron Howard.  Who’s going to replace Trevorrow?  The obvious choice is Rian Johnson, since he’s kept a tight ship on The Last Jedi and wrote the screenplay for Episode IX, but there’s no immediate rumored replacement.

On one hand, I’m kind of glad about this one.  Jurassic World is a massively overrated movie in which the direction was one of its biggest problems (though I do love Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed).  Trevorrow helming what may be the last Episode made me nervous.  Now, I’m beginning to get a little nervous about Lucasfilm scaring off potential directing talent.  I’m glad they’re sticking to their guns on their vision of the story and the universe, and given the two films we’ve gotten, you can hardly argue with their end product.  Directors, though, want control, and the Star Wars franchise is quickly developing a reputation as a place where directors don’t have it.  How JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson made it look so easy is looking like a miracle (maybe Abrams will return for IX?).  Remember, even though he wasn’t fired, Rogue One director Gareth Edwards was supplanted by Tony Gilroy who came in to help shoot the massive reshoots that admittedly made the film a better product.  Does today’s news worry you about the long-term future of the franchise, or are you happy Trevorrow is gone?  Who should replace him?  Star Wars Episode IX is scheduled for a May 24, 2019 release.  More below including the official divorce statement from Coming Soon. Continue reading Colin Trevorrow Leaves Star Wars Episode IX; What is it With Lucasfilm and Directors???

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Behind-the-Scenes Reel from D23!!!

Much as they did last year with Rogue One, Disney has released a behind-the-scenes reel for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi at its annual D23 expo.  It’s the kind of reel where you’re going to have to imagine the possibilities, because-just as they have all along-the reel gives nothing away plotwise….except to warn us again that Rian Johnson’s story is going to turn everything we know about Star Wars on its head.  If it were pretty much anyone but Rian Johnson writing this, that constant message would have me a little worried.  It’s a very cool look at a film we still know next to nothing about with a touching finish from the late Carrie Fisher.  No news yet on Han Solo, other than that Ron Howard has taken over and things are apparently still proceeding toward the planned May 2018 release.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson (BrickLooper) and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcoming back cast members Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Domhnall Gleeson as Hux, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, and Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran as Rose.

The sequel is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski. Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in regular and IMAX theaters on December 15, 2017.Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi Poster