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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Arrive

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Arrive

Fisher passed away unexpectedly in December of past year, following a heart attack she suffered while en route from London to Los Angeles, and was originally slated to have a major role in Star Wars: Episode IX. And now, The Last Jedi is giving us a new, adorable Star Wars creature too.

The Force Awakens subtly implied that the betrayal of Adam Driver's Kylo Ren and his murder of Luke's other apprentices was the catalyst for Skywalker's self-imposed exile.

Apparently, whatever Leia does in this film, having not been altered or changed in any way after Fisher's passing, will nonetheless affect the franchise for years to come regardless of her never appearing in a Star Wars film again. "She focuses on moving forward and the task at hand". The leaders of the Republic had been destroyed by an attack by the First Order, and at the beginning of The Last Jedi, Leia finds herself in charge of a scattered Resistance.

"The Resistance is isolated, and they're very, very vulnerable. That's where we pick them up".

Johnson also revealed fresh details on new characters for the film, including Laura Dern's Vice Admiral Holdo, who is still cloaked in secrecy and potentially because of a history with Leia herself. Poe is brash, confident and gutsy and doesn't take sass from anyone. "Poe is in some ways a surrogate son for Leia", Isaac tells EW. For example, Daisy Ridley states, "I don't think one girl, who he doesn't know, turning up with a lightsaber is gonna make him go, 'Oh sh-, yeah, of course I'll get back into action'".

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"Finn is much more active and involved in the fight, which is something that I really wanted", said Boyega.

They're Luke's buddies on the island we saw him on at the end of The Force Awakens. Solo started off the last film searching for his precious Millenium Falcon and wasn't with his love Leia. Johnson doesn't explicitly say they'll do anything in particular, but his hints at them being ready to engage gives reason to hope we'll either see them step into combat or prevent someone risky from approaching Snoke by physically stopping them.

"[Luke] made a huge mistake in thinking that his nephew [Ben Solo] was the chosen one, so he invested everything he had in Kylo, much like Obi-Wan did with my character", Hamill says. Fisher tragically passed away in December and to honor her memory and the character, there are no plans to bring her back via CG in Episode XI.

Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, the long wait until December won't be so bad, as the magazine is releasing its coverage of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and as a tease, it has revealed two covers for the roll out featuring Luke Skywalker and Rey.

Lucasfilm and ABC News are both part of parent company Disney.


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