And finally, official confirmation of Snoke’s Praetorian Guard, which we’ve already seen plenty of thanks to rumors and toy leaks. Director Rian Johnson also says that Andy Serkis’ Snoke will remain a CG character – contrary to some reports we’ve heard that said a puppet or makeup version was in play.
Expect more on Leia, Poe Dameron and Kylo Ren in the coming days…
A Star Wars Monte Carlo–type environment, a little James Bond–ish, a little To Catch a Thief. It was an interesting challenge, portraying luxury and wealth in this universe. I was thinking, O.K., let’s go ultra-glamour. Let’s create a playground, basically, for rich a–holes. Rian Johnson
Rose and Finn’s adventure takes them to, among other places, another Johnson innovation: a glittering casino city called Canto Bight, “a Star Wars Monte Carlo–type environment, a little James Bond–ish, a little To Catch a Thief,” the director said. “It was an interesting challenge, portraying luxury and wealth in this universe.” So much of the Star Wars aesthetic is rooted in sandy desolation and scrapyard blight; it appealed to Johnson to carve out a corner of the galaxy that is the complete opposite. “I was thinking, O.K., let’s go ultra-glamour. Let’s create a playground, basically, for rich assholes,” he said.
Canto Bight is also where viewers will get their multi-species fix of gnarled aliens and other grotesque creatures, a comic-relief staple of Star Wars movies since Luke Skywalker first met Han Solo amid the cankerous and snouty inhabitants of the Mos Eisley cantina. The Last Jedi is dark enough as it is, so Johnson has made a point of infusing the movie with levity. “I didn’t want this to be a dirge, a heavy-osity movie,” he said. “So one thing I’ve tried really hard to do is keep the humor in there, to maintain the feeling, amid all the heavy operatic moments, that you’re on a fun ride.” [x]
Confirmed: Lando Calrissian will not appear in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Despite fan hopes, one character introduced in The Empire Strikes Back won’t appear in the new Star Wars sequel.
Lando Calrissian is not making an appearance.
“No, and I don’t want fans to get their hopes up,” writer-director Rian Johnson tells EW. “He’s not in the film and it was never really something that came up. I mean, I loved that character. It would have been fun to see him, but it’s just not something that ever really had a place in the story.”
The new trilogy of Star Wars movies often include echoes of the original, so many were holding out hope that Billy Dee Williams might appear in a sly cameo. The Last Jedi will feature a battle against gigantic walkers on a salt flat instead of a snowy tundra, Rey will seek guidance from Luke as he once did with Yoda, and characters will visit the casino city of Canto Bight instead of Bespin’s ritzy Cloud City. A high-stakes casino seems like just the place an older Lando might be spending his time these days, but unfortunately, it’s not going to happen.
Williams, now 80, is still going strong and is a frequent presence at conventions. His manager, Brad Kramer, said he was hoping to return, too. “Billy respects the studio and all involved in the decision but would be happy to be in any future Star Wars film if asked,” Kramer told EW. In recent years, Williams has provided the voice of Calrissian for the animated Star Wars: Rebels series. And he often turned up as the character on the subversive stop-motion comedy series Robot Chicken.
In next year’s standalone film Solo: A Star Wars Story, Atlanta star Donald Glover will be playing the young version of Lando opposite Aldren Ehrenreich’s Han. Both younger actors met with the men who originated the roles, and Williams has given Glover his blessing to take the smooth galactic operator in his own direction. We don’t yet know whether Williams and Harrison Ford may make cameos in that film, perhaps as a framing device, but if not there is still a chance to bring Lando back into the new trilogy.
J.J. Abrams could still find a place for him in 2019’s Episode IX.
Entertainment Weekly has details for several Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi books. The new addition: A collection of short stories focusing on inhabitants of Canto Bight, the ritzy casino planet. The authors are Star Wars vet John Jackson Miller and franchise newcomers Saladin Ahmed, Rae Carson, and Mira Grant. It will be on shelves December 5.
We first heard about most of them back at Celebration, but there’s still plenty of mystery. Ken Liu’s The Legends of Luke Skywalker (October 31), which “presents its stories as rumors circulating through the galaxy.” Claudia Gray’s Leia: Princess of Alderaan (September 1) is set when the character is 16, when she “decides to become involved in the fight against the Empire.” We’ll also see plenty of her parents and friends, a boon for fans who want to know more about Alderaan.
Delilah S. Dawson’s Phasma (September 1) will, as we learned in Orlando, give us her origin story, going back to her youth. The book will “show how she got off the planet that she was on initially and came to the First Order and what did she have to do to get there and what will she do to protect her secrets,” Lucasfilm’s Michael Siglain says. “It cuts between the present and the past and shows her as this fearsome warrior on this brutal world that she was on. The First Order comes to that planet, and she sees a great opportunity when they arrive.”
Star Wars - Important dates for the remainder of 2017
There is now less than 1 month until The Last Jedi. Here is what we can look forward to in the lead-up to December:
🎮 Gamescom 2017: EA Live Show (Aug 21 @ 12:30 PM ET)
💰 Force Friday II (Sept 1)
📖 Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray (Sept 1)
📖 Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson (Sept 1)
📖 Captain Phasma - Marvel (Sept 6)
📖 Star Wars Adventures - IDW Publishing (Sept 6)
📺 Star Wars: Forces of Destiny special (Oct 1)
📖 William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken(Oct 3)
📖 From a Certain Point of View anthology (Oct 3)
🎮 Battlefront II: Open Beta (Oct 6)
🌌 The Last Jedi theatrical poster (Oct 9)
🎟 TLJ tickets go on sale (Oct 9)
▶️ The Last Jedi full trailer (Oct 9)
📺 Star Wars: Rebels S4 (Oct 14)
📺 Star Wars: Forces of Destiny special (Oct 29)
📖 The Legends of Luke Skywalker(Oct 31)
🎮 Battlefront II (Nov 17)
📸 Black carpet with Mark, Daisy, Rian in Mexico (Nov 20)
🎤 Press conference with Mark, Daisy, Rian in Mexico (Nov 21)
✨ Marina Bay Sands event with Kelly in Singapore (Nov 25)
🎤 Press conference w/ Kelly and Veronica in Vietnam (Nov 29)
🗣 Mark guests on ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’ (Nov 28)
🗣 Daisy guests on 'Good Morning America’, 'LIVE with Kelly and Ryan’, 'The Tonight Show’ (Nov 28)
🗣 John guests on 'Good Morning America’, 'LIVE with Kelly and Ryan’, 'The Tonight Show’ (Nov 29)
📺 ABC’s Disney Parks Magical Holiday Celebration (Nov 30)
🗣 Mark, Daisy, John, Adam, Kelly, Rian, Oscar, Laura, Domhnall, Gwen, Andy guests on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live’ (Dec 1)
🎤 The Last Jedi press conference (Dec ??)
📖 Canto Bight anthology (Dec 5)
🗣 Gwen guests on 'LIVE with Kelly and Ryan’ (Dec 6)
🍿 The Last Jedi Japan premiere (Dec 6)
🍿 The Last Jedi WORLD premiere (Dec 8)
🍿 The Last Jedi European premiere (Dec 12)
📖 The Last Jedi: Incredible Cross-Sections(Dec 15) 📖 The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary(Dec 15)
📖 Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi(Dec 15)
🗣 John, Daisy, Mark guests on 'The Graham Norton Show’ (Dec 15)
🎬 STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (Dec 15)
* Dates will be updated as they are confirmed. Always check my OP for the latest version.
SO I’ve pasted what was written [SPOILERS BELOW THE CUT] and why I think this is the closest we’ll get to actual spoilers. The OP also correctly predicted details and the plot of Rogue One prior to the release and he is already well known on Reddit for this. We know some specific individuals already saw secret screenings. So I’m very VERY intrigued by this.
IF YOU DONT WANT TO BE SPOILED, DO NOT CLICK THE LINK OR KEEP READING BECAUSE THIS WILL GIVE AWAY MAJOR PLOT POINTS. ALSO REYLOS REJOICE.