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When The Last Jedi's official novelisation comes out next month, it will include a few extra moments that weren't just cut from the movie, but added specifically for the book. That list includes a glimpse at how Leia and the resistance marked the fall of a Star Wars hero - a moment that, the director says, he just couldn't fit into the final film.
It's been just under a month and a half since Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit theatres, and whether they loved or hated the movie, many, many people have had questions about the things that happen in in it. In age where a director like Rian Johnson is both widely available on social media and willing to talk to an eager press, he's been asked about these things... a lot.
It's very rare to see contemporary versions of Star Wars and Star Trek make similar creative choices. After all, part of what's fuelled the age-old Wars v. Trek debate are the series' wildly different approaches to scifi. But with The Last Jedi in theatres and Discovery airing online, both franchises seem to be tackling something fascinating, questioning institutions in each world that fans have held dear for decades.
It's hard to comprehend given how we just went through the release of The Last Jedi, but in just over four short months, a new Star Wars movie will be out. While Last Jedi honoured Star Wars' legacy by passing the torch to a new generation, with new possibilities, Solo will rosily indulge in Star Wars' past. And I think I might have had enough of that.
For all that was rumoured about The Last Jedi before its release, one of its greatest surprises was a brief, but special appearance by a very familiar Star Wars face. But bringing back such a beloved character was a daunting prospect for the team behind the film - not just for story reasons, but from a physical design standpoint.
Some people, myself included, loved The Last Jedi. A lot of people hated it. That's fine!
Everyone's entitled to their opinions - I hated Rogue One, after all, but I'm happy for those who got enjoyment from it. But when people say The Last Jedi is 'worse than the prequels' I have to question things because really, have you guys seen those movies recently?
The Last Jedi gave the galaxy far, far away some wild new aliens, with everything from the loveable Porgs to the stunning Falthiers. But one of the weirdest has become a hot talking point after the release of the movie, despite a relatively brief appearance - and actually getting that appearance filmed seems like it was a monumental task.
Star Wars: the Last Jedi raked in over US$220m in its first weekend alone - but it's not enough to keep cinema alive. The premiere weekend was easily the highest grossing of 2017, but industry analysts say this year was still 3.9 per cent lower than last year, and this trend will only continue.
What's to blame? Streaming, duh. And maybe the enormous ticket prices at the cinemas but hey - you gotta have a scapegoat for these things, right?
In a movie that adds a lot to the galaxy far, far away, Rose Tico is an important new window into the world of Star Wars: The Last Jedi - and actress Kelly Marie Tran is clearly having the time of her life now that the movie is out. But a new behind-the-scenes featurette lets us see the moments that secured her place in the cast.
The lack of Billy Dee Williams' Lando Calrissian in the new Star Wars movies is a surprising one - especially as Williams has made it clear he's fine returning to the character, as he recently has with Rebels. But according to Rian Johnson, Lando almost made it into The Last Jedi... before he realised that the role he planned didn't quite fit.
The arrival of a new Star Wars movie is heralded by several things: Breathless anticipation, piles of ancillary merchandise, and the release of a new Visual Dictionary. Written by the Lucasfilm Story Group's Pablo Hidalgo (who also did books for Rogue One and The Force Awakens), The Last Jedi's guidebook is not only filled with intriguing details about the places and people seen in the film, but a few potential hints about the future of the Star Wars galaxy, too.