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Official name for the Han Solo Film revealed

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In a surprise announcement’, director Ron Howard revealed the official name of the untitled Han Solo film as Solo: A Star Wars Story. The announcement came in a post in which the acclaimed filmmaker thanked his cast and crew as principal photography wrapped.

Solo: A Star Wars Story, set prior to the events of the original Star Wars trilogy, is slated for release on May 25, 2018.

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Why The Last Jedi should be only about Porgs

Who cares about Rey, Finn, Luke, Leia, Poe, Kylo, BB-8 or Snoke? We love Porgs and we need Porgs. After the release of The Last Jedi trailer on Monday the Internet is having what many are calling a Porg-fever.

Porg posters & videos are the best thing on the Internet now

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While the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer didn’t give much screen time to fan-favorite creatures, the Porgs, nor did they get a place in the poster, fans made sure they were included in these Porg-versions of the poster and supercut of the trailer.

The Star Wars universe is packed with creatures – some of them loved by fans, others that should be left in oblivion – and Porgs are some of the latest additions to this ever-expanding universe. Porgs will appear for the first time in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and they have already become quite popular among fans, even if they have just appeared for a few seconds in the teaser reel and the trailer. And while many Star Wars fans analyze the content of the trailer and the poster, others have taken their editing skills to give Porgs a prominent place in the poster and a short version of the trailer.

Porgs are a sea bird species native to the planet Ahch-To, where Luke Skywalker made his exile. Given that the first teaser and the new trailer have, for the most part, featured scenes from Rey’s training in Ahch-To, it’s not surprising that fans were expecting to see more Porgs in the new trailer. Sadly, they didn’t get much screen time, only briefly appearing next to Chewbacca in the Millennium Falcon. However, a YouTube user made a short super-cut for Porg-fans who wanted more of these creatures on the trailer.

Watch the Super Cute Porg Trailer from The Last Jedi:

Porg on board of Millennium Falcon in this Star Wars Blip video:

Also BB-8 loses its head for the Porgs:

Star Wars theme made entirely out of Porg sounds:

Not long after the release of the poster (prior to the debut of the trailer), some fans realized it didn’t feature any Porgs, so they took to Photoshop to fix the problem. The result: a bunch of posters with Porgs here and there. Some of there are subtle, just by adding a small Porg next to the characters in the poster; others are more in-your-face, with the creatures taking the place of the characters entirely. You can check some of these pieces below.

The popularity of Porgs has been such that they have already been compared to the Ewoks – who, although of big help during the Battle of Endor, are seen by many as a marketing ploy and a way of catching the attention of younger viewers. Porgs will reportedly share some interesting moments with characters like Chewbacca and R2D2, with director Rian Johnson assuring they will have their place in the film. What we can be sure of is that, as the release date of The Last Jedi approaches, Porg-fever will increase.

Rian Johnson promises Porgs ‘Have their place in the movie’

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Star Wars: Episode VII – The Last Jedi writer and director, Rian Johnson, promises that the Porgs will have a role to play in the story of the film. Unless they’ve been living under a rock for the last several months too, every Star Wars fan in the world has heard about the Porgs by now. The adorable, penguin-esque new additions to the cinematic universe were considered instant hits by most fans of the franchise, who have not only fallen in love with the look of the creatures but how they represent the continued world-building on display in The Last Jedi. It doesn’t come as much of a surprise either, that all Porg-related toys and merchandise have become hot sellers since they first went on sale a few months ago.

However, there has been some criticism from a division of Star Wars fans that Porgs and some of the other notable creatures included in The Last Jediare either nothing more than marketing decisions by Johnson and Disney, or examples of the film going too far into cute and cuddly territory. Although, the second trailer for The Last Jedi appeared to altogether disprove those latter concerns.

While speaking recently with Yahoo Movies as well, Rian Johnson explained how the idea for the Porgs actually came from the real-life puffins that live on Skellig Michael, the Irish island that was used as Luke’s island in both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. In addition, the writer/director promised fans that the Porgs do serve some, albeit likely small, role in the actual story of the film:

“I was like, ‘Oh, this is part of the island, we need to find the Star Wars version of this. And then just story-wise — not that they play a big part in the story — but I knew I wanted to find any source of comic relief I could on the island. And so they were very useful in terms of that.

It wasn’t until we got the actual puppets on set and the whole crew reacted with ‘oh my god, they’re adorable!,’ and also then a few people in the crew were of giving them that suspicious side-eye of ‘these are cute, but are they too cute?’ But the overwhelming reaction on set was everybody loved the porgs. And I love ’em, so you know what? I get it if people are a little wary of cuteness in the Star Wars universe, but I personally love them, and I think they have their place in the movie.”

After several months of new facts about the Porgs and images of them being released by Disney and Lucasfilm, fans got to see the Porgs on display for the first real time in The Last Jedtrailer. To say that the creatures just managed to garner even more fans because of it too – would be an understatement, with fans going on to create dozens of Porg-centric Last Jedi parody posters following the trailer’s premiere.

Now, whether or not the Porgs are actually used well in The Last Jedi, remains to be seen, and it’s entirely possible the adorable creatures could be one of the biggest problems fans have with the film in the long run. At the same time, however, the Porgs are an example of how Rian Johnson and Lucasfilm are trying to be more experimental with their Star Wars world-building techniques in The Last Jedi, which was something many fans called for after The Force Awakens was released. All of that will, no doubt, be points of discussion amongst fans when The Last Jedi hits theaters later this December, though, and for the time being, the Porgs are currently shaping up to be one of the most unique and lovable things about the new film.

BB-8 is depressed over Last Jedi Porg craze

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi may be set to move a lot of Porg merchandise, but BB-8 isn’t buying. For diehard Star Wars fans, the inclusion of Porgs in The Last Jedi has been known for some time. Residents of Ahch-To, where Luke has been in self-imposed exile, the tiny critters are an adorable addition to the animal kingdom of the galaxy far, far away. Of course, they’ll also make for some great toys and mascots. And with the release of the new trailer for The Last Jedi, general audiences now have Porg fever.

Given the Jar Jar Binks debacle, fans are still worried whenever a cute character arrives in a Star Wars film. But droids have long held a similar function in the universe, acting as quirky characters while moving toys in the real world. BB-8 even upped the ante, offering Star Wars its most adorable and marketable character yet while still fitting nicely into the narrative. But now that the Porgs have arrived, could they supplant BB-8 on his exalted perch?

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert opened its show last night with an imagining of how BB-8 is dealing with Porg-mania, and the results aren’t pretty. In fact, it looks like the little droid is in need of a friend.

Lucky for BB-8, the Porgs won’t be the only new addition to the Star Warsuniverse. A variety of creatures great and small will occupy Ahch-To. And then there’s BB-9E, the all-black variation on the soccer ball droid. Will the two be friends or enemies? Only time will tell.

Even Kylo Ren can not resist Porgs

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If you want really to conquer a girl, forget about flowers, bears and candies. Just give her a Porg as gift.

The Last Porg… Oops, The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15th.

The Last Jedi Trailer breakdown Part I

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The Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer has a lot more reveals than the previous teaser, but somehow most of the movie is still shrouded in mystery. The movie is going to release in just over 2 months time, and Lucasfilm’s spoiler avoidant marketing appears to have been more than successful at making it look exciting and interesting without giving away any major plot details that otherwise wise ruin the movie’s twists and turns.

Even so, there’s still a good a deal of information to be gleaned from the two and a half minute trailer in order to confirm rumors, give credence to fan theories, or spawn entirely new paths of speculation.

THE HEART OF THE FIRST ORDER

While The Force Awakens didn’t establish much about the First Order other than some of its military capabilities, including Starkiller Base, The Last Jediseems to be taking us into the heart of the First Order’s infrastructure, which is likely Supreme Leader Snoke’s Mega-Class Star Destroyer – the Supremacy. The Supremacy is massive and is said to be used to not only house large numbers of ships and infantry, but it also has the ability to construct First Order Star Destroyers.

We know Kylo Ren is returning to Snoke at the end of The Force Awakens, so when we see him sans helmet and cape overlooking a massive hanger and the construction of Gorilla Walkers, AT-AT’s and more, it seems logical to assume that’s where he is. While Snoke was just a hologram last time we saw him, we are now near the center of his operation, meaning there may be quite a few reveals to be had regarding the inner functions of the First Order from shipbuilding and troop training to maybe even some sort of its political machinations.

THE BATTLE OF CRAIT UNFOLDS

The massive battle teased at Crait is being set up as one of the most iconic moments of the movie with the planet’s red color visible under the thin layer of salt, creating a colorful effect when it’s disturbed such as when resistance ski-speeders fly over it.

While not much is known about what makes Crait important and why the First Order and Resistance have chosen it as the best place to face off, several new images from the trailer help fill in the gaps. First is the All Terrain MegaCaliber Six, AKA the AT-M6, AKA “gorilla walkers.” This may not be the first time they’ve been revealed in the movie’s marketing, but the line of heavy war machines is bound to pose a threat to the resistance. Interesting enough, the lineup also features what appear to be classic All Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT) walkers with a slightly updated head. Assuming they’re the same size as the original models, it just shows how vast the Gorilla Walkers actually are and also suggests that the AT-M& isn’t merely an AT-AT replacement, but that the vehicle may serve a distinctly different purpose altogether.

The other notable aspect here is the First Order shuttle identical to the one Kylo Ren uses in The Force Awakens. While it’s reasonable to assume the First Order has any number of shuttles that look that way, we later see Ren leading a group of stormtroopers through the caves of Crait, meaning he definitely plays a role in the battle on the ground. Considering his mother, Leia, is also on the ground, this may be setting up a face-off between mother and son (again, nore on that later)

It’s hard to read too much into this because entire battle devoid of context, but a shot of Resistance soldiers and some sort of crystalline looking fox creatures fleeing toward a hanger suggests maybe it doesn’t go so well for the Resistance.

THE MASTER AND APPRENTICE

Kylo Ren seemed unstoppable in his first appearance onscreen when he stops a blaster bolt with the Force, but by the end of the movie we see him bested by the untrained newcomer, Rey, and Snoke commands Ren return to him to complete his training. While we’ve seen plenty of established dark side master/apprentice relationships in the history of Star Wars with Darth Sidious’ apprentices from Darth Maul to Darth Tyrannus (Count Dooku) to Darth Vader, most of these relationships appear on screen fully formed. Vader turns to the dark side at the end of Revenge of the Sith and by the time we get to A New Hope, he seems to have the villain thing all sorted out, with all that development happening in non-movie stories.

Kylo Ren is different. Kylo Ren has only been training under Snoke for a few years, and the fact that Snoke has more to teach him about the Force means that, while they aren’t Sith, we may finally get a better glimpse of that dark relationship here. What’s apparent from the trailer is that Ren has to submit himself to Snoke. We see him in a completely red room, presumably Snoke’s throne room, with Praetorian guards around the perimeter, and Ren has to pick up his lightsaber from the floor, which is an odd place for him to leave it, suggesting he had to set it down to kneel or subjugate himself before his master. While this isn’t a big reveal in and of itself, it’s definitely a major change from his interaction with the giant hologram of Episode VII.

LUKE IS SCARED

After waiting over 30 years to see what happened to Luke Skywalker after Return of the JediThe Force Awakens played a cruel tease by leaving his reveal to the very last moment of the movie, telling us only that he went into exile after Ben Solo became Kylo Ren and ruined his efforts to bring the Jedi Order back. It wasn’t until the first trailer for The Last Jedi where we even hear any dialogue from him, but most of what he says is merely a repetition of the film’s title, saying “It’s time for the Jedi to end.”

This trailer, however, gives us a lot more, but it might not be the Luke some fans want. He seems uncertain of himself and suspicious of Rey. When he sees just how much “raw power” she has, he tells her “I’ve seen this raw strength only once before it didn’t scare me enough then. It does now.” While admitting he’s scared is not necessarily the same thing as giving in to fear, it nonetheless presents the question. As we all know, fear is the path to the dark side – the same path his father took to get there. Han said Luke’s objective in going into hiding was to discover the first Jedi Temple, which made it sound like maybe he was in exile because he was seeking wisdom, knowledge, or some other source of aid, but maybe it’s fear that’s keeping him on Ahch-To now. Fear of failure, fear of inadequacy, fear that he himself will fall to the dark side. Either way, the courageous bright-eyed young man that destroyed the first Death Star and brought Anakin Skywalker back from the dark side is nowhere to be seen in Luke’s face in this trailer.

THE FIRST JEDI TEMPLE

Leading up to The Force AwakensStar Wars canon seemed to have an interesting focus on these Force trees. The Shattered Empire comic book set right after Return of the Jedi sees Luke and Shara Bey, Poe Dameron’s mother, go to one of Sheev Palpatine’s secret research outposts to recover two sapling trees he cut from the giant tree in the courtyard of the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. The trees were strong in the Force and it seemed like they would be central to rebuilding the Jedi Order, but he gave one away to the Dameron family when they settled on Yavin IV and kept the other, which we have yet to see again.

If the trees have some sort of connection to the Jedi Order, or particularly Jedi Temples, then it stands to reason that the first Jedi Temple on Ahch-To might also be the site of one of the oldest trees. Or, as we see in this newest trailer, the old tree and the first Jedi Temple may be one in the same. We already saw the ancient books bearing the Jedi sigil inside what could be assumed to be a tree from the last trailer, but when we see that shot again here, it’s placed right after a shot of Rey approaching a very big very old very dead tree, suggesting it houses the little library. While the dead tree very well may be representative of Luke’s faith in the Jedi way, it’s also a symbol of the Jedi Order itself, which is all but dead.

It would be very symbolic for Luke to have planted the sapling Force tree near that site, but considering he only came to Ahch-To after an attempt to start another Jedi Academy, it’s highly possible that sapling was destroyed with his academy, meaning the last of the Force trees is gone, as the Jedi are about to be.

RAW POWER

The Last Jedi will only be the second new Star Wars episode of the new era, but we’ve already seen some impressive displays of Force powers, from Ren stopping a blaster bolt in mid-air to Rey learning how to tap into an innate connection to the Force and defeat Kylo Ren in combat. This trailer is all about that new, intense power. In the opening, Snoke calls it “raw, untamed power,” and Luke, likewise, calls it “raw strength.” Looking back on the title of The Force Awakens, the decision to call it that might be making a little more sense.

We hear Rey saying “something inside me has always been there, but now it’s awake and I need help,” so it’s clear she’s feeling it now even more than she was before, and Luke is obviously shocked by her power in a way that actually makes him concerned, and he suggests that he’s only felt that kind of power when he was training his nephew. What makes this most interesting is that, while Snoke and Luke both use the term “raw” here, Snoke craves that power while Luke is “scared” by it. Is the trailer’s audio editing tricky and they’re both talking to Rey, or are Rey and Ren unique in that they both have a uniquely raw strength? A mysterious entry in the databank on StarWars.com has always said that the two are linked by a “mysterious connection.” Whatever that connection is, it seems Luke can feel it.

DESTRUCTION OF TEMPLE

Exactly what makes Star Wars Star Wars has always been, and probably will always be, up for debate,  but there are a number of consistent factors in each of the movies many people can agree on, and one of those is the fact that Star Wars doesn’t ever use flashbacks. This unspoken rule was broken in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but that wasn’t an actual “episode,” and was intended to stray outside certain conventions. This was a big question leading up to The Force Awakens because there were some moments in the trailers that looked like they could actually be flashbacks, only for it to be a “Forceback” vision/dream Rey had when first making contact with the old Skywalker lightsaber.

We find ourselves in a  familiar position again as more shots show the destruction of what is most likely the Jedi temple Luke started. While it makes sense that this would be a dream again, it’s not readily evident in the way it’s shot. Will we be seeing a full-on flashback of the fall of Luke’s Jedi, or will we see something more mysterious like the Forceback again? The answer is more than likely the latter, but if we’re introducing dream sequences once again, that might have an impact on how a couple other scenes from the trailer are read as well…

KYLO REN’S CONFLICT

Kylo Ren’s introduction in The Force Awakens may have made him look cold and in control, but it was quickly revealed that he was far more conflicted than he let on and his emotions regularly got the better of him, losing his cool and slashing apart a console on his Star Destroyer and showing a resistance to his master’s orders when facing off against his father. It seems fairly clear that Ren wants to be evil, and while it might come naturally sometimes, he’s even confessed to “feeling the pull to the light.”

This same conflict is front and center again in The Last Jedi when he takes off his helmet – revealing a fancy synth-skin bandage on his face where Rey slashed him during their battle – and begins smashing his headgear against the wall, possibly leading to the image of the helmet and mask laying destroyed on the ground from the first trailer.

Being Star Wars, fans are naturally curious if Ren will seek redemption, or if it’s even possible after he killed the Jedi and Han Solo. Whatever the case, it likely won’t just be fans wondering if Ren will continue down this dark path as far as it will take him, or if he’ll ever try to be Ben Solo again.

ESCAPE FROM D’QAR

The ashes of Starkiller Base are still hot when the movie first starts, and the First Order knows exactly where to find the Resistance, so they’ll be headed straight to the base on D’Qar as the resistance attempts to flee. Based on a few shots of space combat in which D’Qar’s asteroid belt can be seen, the First Order, with at least a couple Star Destroyers and what’s bound to be numerous TIE fighters,  can be seen taking down a good number of the fleeing Resistance ships as they presumably try to jump to Crait.

Poe Dameron, who otherwise doesn’t get much attention this trailer, has a big part in this battle as we see him engaging both TIE’s and a Star Destroyer as well as utilizing his fancy extra booster on the back of his X-Wing. While the initial reveal that he has this upgrade made it sound like it was intended to help him escape tight spots, the trailer shows him using it to hurtle towards the First Order’s oncoming D’Qar invasion force.

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To be Continued on Part 2.

The Last Jedi Trailer breakdown Part II

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Read the Part 1 here.

THE SON OF SOLO

Ben Solo may be the son of Han Solo, but as Kylo Ren it’s hard to see any traces of the old scoundrel in him at all. He is actuaslly Han’s opposite in many ways: he trained to be a Jedi, he abandoned those close to him, and he’s super intense, but it seems like a hint of that old Solo spark might shine through in The Last Jedi, as well as a heaping helping of Skywalker when he gets behind the stick of his TIE silencer. Don’t be surprised if the son of Han Solo and the grandson of Anakin Skywalker is more dangerous than ever when he’s flying.

We definitely see a bit of his grandfather in him here, too, not just in his prototype TIE fighter that clearly resembles Vader’s own TIE Advanced, but the way he simply rips through the Resistance fleet may remind a good number of fans of the time Darth Vader laid waste to most of Phoenix Squadron on Star Wars Rebels.

TIE SILENCER AND THE SUPREMACY

Speaking of Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer, we get more than a good look at it in the trailer, including a shot that reveals the massive Mega-Class Star Destroyer, the Supremacy, in the background. The TIE Supremacy is a fairly natural evolution from the classic TIE design, but it’s clearly a larger size and its boxy red cockpit instantly makes it iconic compared to its simplistic TIE fighter cousins.

The Supremacy, on the other hand, is a major departure from the more familiar triangle shape of Star Destroyers, but it’s also an incomparably big, with a wingspan that’s more than 8 times the bow-to-stern length of a Super Star Destroyer. This behemoth is the center of the First Order’s power and even serves as a sort of mobile shipyard, with the facilities to produce more Star Destroyers on board. Without any planets to establish a bearing, it’s hard to know where or when this battle takes place, but considering the Resistance ships appear to be engaging, not fleeing, this is most likely not a part of the opening space battle.

THE BOY AND HIS MOTHER

Kylo Ren’s physical scars still haven’t healed from the duel he had on Starkiller base after killing his father, but that doesn’t stop him from going after his mother, Leia. We still don’t know the sequence of events that led to him turning on his uncle’s Jedi, killing them and joining the First Order, but he was obviously strongly affected, believing he has power in his destiny, saying “kill it, if you have to. That’s the only way to become who you’re meant to be.”Despite this dangerous mantra, it looks like he hesitates after targeting the bridge of the Mon Calamari Cruiser his mother is on. Is the pain from killing Han still too fresh, or has he always shared a stronger bond to his mother, making it harder to pull the trigger on her?

Regardless, the idea of literally putting Leia in his crosshairs is sure to get a reaction from fans after the tragic passing of Carrie Fisher at the end of last year. Her remaining role in the universe is uncertain, but there has been a lot of discussion over her story being properly resolved in Episode IX, meaning we won’t have to sit through Kylo Ren continuing to kill our heroes, which admittedly just wouldn’t go over well.

THE MIGHTY PORG

The Porgs are all the rave with The Last Jedi, and apparently, they’re fairly prolific on the island of Ahch-To, but this trailer only features one, and it appears to have significantly more personality than people had been ascribing them previously. While it could just be this single moment and not a predominant characteristic, the behavior of the porg when it bellows to echo Chewbacca almost leans more toward Minion than it does penguin, but either way, it appears Chewbacca has a new pet – or friend – in the single porg that tags along to Crait, although fans would surely be excited to learn the Falcon’s cargo hold has been entirely taken over by the winged creatures.

The porgs have already drawn some comparisons to the somewhat controversial Ewoks of Return of the Jedi, but it’s not yet clear if they’re able to play a part in the story of if they’re just some fluffy eye candy and comedic relief and play no other role. Either way, you can expect this movie to sell a lot of stuffed porgs.

FINN VS PHASMA

Anyone still mad that Phasma didn’t get any epic fight scenes in The Force Awakens should be thrilled to see this. Phasma and Finn finally face off for the first time (say that 5 times fast) in what looks like one of the most visually impressive scenes in the trailer. Phasma’s armor has never looked cooler, and you can even see Finn’s reflection in her helmet.

How we get here is another story. There’s an earlier shot in the trailer of Finn being led by stormtroopers indicating he’s been captured. Since the fight scene appears to take place in the hangar bay of the Supremacy, Finn is probably on the Mega Sar Destroyer. With one of the last shots of the trailers suggesting Rey may also be holed up on the ship somewhere, this could be a rescue mission, but the state of the hanger indicates there’s a lot more going on, and maybe the Resistance was able to land a major blow as a part of a more coordinated effort.

REY TAKES A DIVE

Rey appears to undergo a variety of different training programs on the island under Luke’s supervision, although it’s not clear exactly how long the training lasts in total.  This shot has her diving into a pool and swimming to the bottom, possibly in search of something, and we see a dangerous looking skull with long teeth visible down in the corner of the screen.

This could simply be a physical conditioning exercise, but she appears to be in search of something. According to some of the promotional images. Luke’s X-Wing, and who knows what else, appear to have sunken to the bottom of the ocean near the island. Luke also noticeable isn’t carrying his green-bladed lightsaber in any of the images (not even at his belt), so it’s possible that many of Luke’s belongings, including his lightsaber, are with his X-Wing, or maybe he even sank them himself as a part of his self-imposed exile.

ENTER SNOKE

After only appearing in giant hologram, Snoke finally makes his way to the screen and he looks like another brilliant Andy Serkis motion-capture creation. Given, Snoke looks close enough to human that it should be possible to portray him simply with traditional makeup – like Emperor Palpatine in Return of the Jedi, but if Snoke is truly far taller than a normal human, then that would make more sense. It’s difficult to gauge his height with the limited context of the shots he appears in here.

In the fashion of the traditional Star Wars baddie, he’s urging Rey to fulfill her destiny and join him. His Force powers are on display here as he levitates Rey as she squirms, clearly in pain. Now that we know Kylo Ren and Rey both go to Crait, that’s probably how she got captured again, although, after the way her last fight with Ren went, it’s hard to imagine her capture being a simple task, unless she went willingly, which could very well  be an indication from the next scene.

A DANGEROUS LIASON

This last scene might be the biggest shocker of the whole thing. In fact, if you string Rey’s dialogue together from the beginning of the trailer, it appears as if maybe everything she says could belong to this final scene, making her dialogue “something inside me has always been there, but now it’s awake and I need help… I need someone to show me my place in all this” If that is truly all spoken to Kylo Ren, there’s a number of potential scenarios.

First, the impression the trailer gives is that maybe Luke’s refusal to train her eventually forced her to leave and she’s now willing to explore other options. This seems fairly unlikely since she just saw him kill Han Solo, but it’s still a possibility. The other is that this scene isn’t actually happening. Looking around the background, it appears as if they’re in the middle of a burning structure. Her Forceback in The Force Awakens notably ended with Kylo Ren, so what if that happens again here when she sees Luke’s temple destroyed and then she has this vision.

Either way, it gives the impression, or hope, even, that Rey and Kylo will find a way to settle their differences and fight on the same side. For who and against what, who knows, but taken in context, it seems very unlikely that the two would actually form any kind of alliance, at least not in this movie.

“THIS IS NOT GOING TO GO THE WAY YOU THINK”

Jumping off that last point, Luke has a bit of dialogue that almost seems pointed directly at fans: “This is not going to go the way you think,” possibly serving as a hat tip to the numerous layers of misdirection going on. Snoke’s dialogue could actually all be a part of his interrogation of Rey (instead of split between Ren and Rey), Rey’s dialogue may all be directed at Kylo Ren, and there’s the significant potential of some dream/vision sequences, all of which cloud the proper order of event. Then, of course, the trailer is lacking any easily identifiable major 3rd act setting or event meaning even the few puzzle pieces we do have don’t assemble complete snapshot.

This trailer may show a whole lot more than the last one, but  when it comes to actually revealing significant plot elements, it might actually be obscuring the movie’s plot even more than the last trailer, meaning some of the movie’s biggest reveals may actually end up waiting for a theatrical experience, which is truly exciting.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters on December 15th.

Hilarious reactions to The Last Jedi trailer

After a long wait, we finally have the trailer for The Last Jedi. But it was what you were waiting for? For good and for bad, maybe more for bad, the trailer is shaking the Internet since was released by Disney last night. If you didn’t see the trailer yet, here is your chance:

And here we have some reactions – hilarious, of course – to The Last Jedi trailer.

 

The Last Jedi new posters

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Lucasfilm has officially revealed a new theatrical poster for Star Wars: The Last Jedi ahead of the official trailer released yesterday.

Though all of the principal cast is featured on the artwork (with Leia positioned front and center), the most prominent figures are Luke Skywalker, Rey, and Kylo Ren. This isn’t entirely surprising, considering that the latest trailer sets The Last Jedi up as this trio’s movie, with the war between the Resistance and the First Order relegated to the primary subplot. The old Jedi Master has the look of a weary, broken man, and from the preview we know he’s not too keen on training Rey. Luke’s facial expression is rather ominous, illustrating he’s far removed from being the good-natured hero who helped defeat the Empire. Rey and Kylo are positioned back-to-back, signaling their parallels – or perhaps partnership.

It’s a nice touch to see the late great Carrie Fisher in the forefront as well. Though the film’s title is a direct reference to Luke and the arcs of Rey and Kylo are main focal points, Episode VIII is also going to serve as a tribute to the actress, who is as vital a part of Star Wars as anyone. Leia’s role remains largely a mystery for the time being, but it is said Fisher has more screen time when compared to The Force Awakens. As the Resistance looks to gain an upper hand against the First Order, she’ll be the one leading the charge.

Luke trains Rey on Star Wars: The Last Jedi IMAX Poster

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A special IMAX poster for Star Wars: The Last Jedi shows Luke Skywalker watching Rey train from a distance on the planet Ahch-To. The hype train for the latest chapter in the iconic saga is in full effect now, following the release of the latest theatrical trailer last night. Already, several fans have purchased their tickets for opening night, planning to see the film on the biggest of screens. It goes without saying that The Last Jedi is a movie that seems tailor-made for IMAX, fully immersing viewers in the galaxy far, far away. Lucasfilm will of course release the film in the premium format, where Rian Johnson’s visuals should be a wonder to behold.

The scenes on Ahch-To look especially beautiful, and there should be a healthy amount of substance to complement the impressive style. Luke and Rey’s dynamic is said to be the beating heart of the picture, and judging from the trailer, Skywalker all but abandons the young scavenger when he becomes frightened by her power. Still, there will be sequences where the old Jedi shows Rey the ways of the Force, and one of them is depicted in a new poster for the film.

As part of a promotion at IMAX at AMC locations, attendees who see The Last Jedi in IMAX will receive exclusive prints from artist Dan Mumford. This is identical to The Force Awakens, which had a series of such one-sheets that were unveiled periodically over the early course of the film’s theatrical run. It isn’t surprising Lucasfilm is ensuring Episode VIII has the same treatment, and now the first of these has been revealed. You can check it out in the space below:

In the background, one can see the silhouette of Rey as she practices her lightsaber technique with Luke standing perched on the edge of a cliff as he looks out at his would-be apprentice. We already know that Skywalker is not going to be very welcoming towards Rey at the film’s outset, and while initially it was believed he’d warm up to her, the marketing is definitely implying Luke is an unwilling teacher. Seeing too much of Ben Solo in Rey, Luke seemingly cannot bring himself to complete Rey’s training out of fear he will repeat the same mistakes. How the relationship between Skywalker and Rey evolves is one of The Last Jedi‘s most intriguing elements, and it will be interesting to see where the two end up before Episode IX.

There will likely be additional IMAX/AMC posters revealed in the near future, as ComingSoon notes that they will be handed out on December 17, December 24, December 31, and January 7. It stands reason to believe a different one will be featured at theaters each week, encouraging fans to come back for repeat viewings and complete a collection. If The Last Jedi is as good as the trailer is suggesting, moviegoers will have no qualms returning to the multiplex again and again.

The Last Jedi trailer, finally, debuts today

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The world will get a brand new look at Star Wars: The Last Jedi tonight, when Disney and Lucasfilm release the second trailer for Rian Johnson’s sequel to J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens. Here’s the lowdown on how to get x-wings screaming into your eyeballs as soon as possible:

Time

The trailer will debut in the US during halftime in the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears’ Monday Night Football match (9 October). That means around 10pm ET and 3am BST (UK).

Where

The match is on ESPN, but obviously Disney are aware of the even bigger audience online, so will post on the trailer on its YouTube, Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook channels almost immediately after.

What to expect

Don’t worry, this is unlikely to be one of those stupid teasers where all they show is one visual and the logo. The first teaser for The Last Jedi showed off a fair amount but was mostly centred on the island where Rey was last seen visiting Luke – expect this one to stray away from Ahch-To and show what’s going on elsewhere.

When is the film actually out?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in UK cinemas on 14 December 2017.

John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels and Gwendoline Christie will all be back, joined by newcomers Benicia del Toro and Laura Dern.

Happy Birthday, Mark Hamill

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Happy Birthday, Mark Hamill! The actor turns 66 today.

@HamillHimself kicked off the 66th birthday celebration by wishing himself a happy day on his Twitter account with some hilarious photos to show just how time flies.  (When 900 years old you reach, look as good you will not.)

Born in 25th September 1951, Mark was raised in California by his parents Virginia and William. The actor was one of seven and moved often due to his father’s station in the military. However, he came to enjoy acting during his youth and chose to pursue the profession as he majored in drama at Los Angeles City College.

The actor’s first roles found him on television series like General Hospital and The Bill Cosby Show. However, there is undoubtedly one role that fans know him best for.

Mark was cast in Star Wars after he auditioned for a role in Apocalypse Now and caught the attention of George Lucas. He nabbed the starring role of Luke Skywalker, and the film’s unprecedented success launched Mark into global stardom. He reprised his role through the original Star Wars trilogy and brought Skywalker back to theaters when Disney announced they were pursuing new films alongside Lucasfilm.

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force-awakens-7Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars saga.

Aside from Star Wars, Mark has an extensive resume of on- and off-screen projects. Most famously, Mark is known for voicing the Joker in various animated Batman features as he played the villain on Batman: The Animated Series. He recently reprised the role in Batman: The Killing Joke, a full-length animated featured based on an eponymous graphic novel.

Happy birthday, Mark! May the Force be with you!

Captain Phasma’s origins and backstory explained

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The Force Awakens introduced audiences to a new era of Star Wars, including a bevy of new characters of varying allegiances, from Rey to Kylo Ren. There were a few moments of peril and destruction, most notably killing off Han Solo, but outside of a few Resistance pilots (and everyone in the Hosnian System), all of the new characters made it out alive. With everyone set to return for The Last Jedi, almost everyone is also carrying an element of the plot or backstory forward, except for one: Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma.

Despite her awesome chrome stormtrooper armor and intimidating demeanor, almost nothing is known about Phasma, partially because she has very little screen time to establish any kind of backstory. That all changes with Phasma by Delilah Dawson, a new novel in the Journey to The Last Jedi series of tie-in stories that tells most of the First Republic Captain’s life story leading up to within a few years of The Force Awakens.

While Phasma is fairly thorough, it’s important to point out that the story is being told by a questionable narrator – a captured Resistance spy name Vi Moradi who got all of her information from an old friend of Phasma’s, Siv. Per Vi’s internal monologue, the story is entirely accurate, aside from some slight embellishment, but all her information is second hand from Siv. So, while this bit of Star Wars canon is fairly well documented, there’s always a good chance that things didn’t play out exactly as described. Even so, it was probably pretty close.

EARLY LIFE

The planet Parnassos was once lush and green, teeming with all manner of wild species and ripe for farming – until the arrival of Con Star Mining. Arriving as many as several hundred years before the events of the Star Wars movies, Con Star’s Parnassos endeavors were intended to improve the lives of their employees and those that lived on the planet, but some combination of shoddy work and lax regulation resulted in a nuclear explosion at one of their cities, destroying all life within the blast radius and leaving a nuclear fallout that would slowly expand across more of the planet, poisoning the air and killing animal and plant life.

Con Star abandoned Parnassos as all the resources were useless. Some of their employees ended their own lives, leaving behind teams of droids to mindlessly continue running any functional stations. Other inhabitants, whether natives, Con Star employees, or some combination of the two lived on, forming tribes and living in primitive isolation until the memory and understanding of advanced technology was little more than legend and the daily struggle for survival occupied most of their waking lives. This is the Parnassos into which Phasma was born.

Phasma’s parents and her brother Keldo lived with a small tribe in a cave they called the Nautilus. When she was a young girl, the already scarce sources of food slowly dried up, wounds – even minor ones – would fester and lead to life-threatening infection, and people’s hair began to fall out. Since the Nautilus was one of the few safe havens in the area, other tribes, the Claw and the Scyre, wanted it for themselves. Phasma’s tribe would routinely have to fight off attacks from both the Claw and the Scyre, maintaining control of the Nautilus, but slowly decreasing their already small numbers.

Phasma urged her family to unite with the Scyre to form a larger group that could continue to fight off the Claw, but they refused. Eventually, behind their back, Phasma made a secret agreement with the Scyre. One night, she attacked her brother Keldo, stabbing him in the leg and pushing him into the Nautilus, and when he woke up, he and Phasma were the only survivors, and the Scyre had taken over. His leg had to be amputated to avoid infection, but the Scyre had a special oracle salve – harvested from the bodies of their fallen in a sort of pseudo-religious ceremony using devices called “detraxors” – that could be applied to fresh wounds to allow it to heal properly. Keldo and Phasma only needed to pledge their loyalty to the Scyre, which they did.

As a member of the Scyre, Phasma grew into a mighty warrior, both in size – she was one of the tallest people in the Scyre – and skill, regularly leading her own elite warriors in combat against the Claw or on scavenging missions. Keldo, too, became a significant part of the Scyre. While he was missing his leg and not as useful for combat or manual labor, he was one of the few – if not the only – member of the Scyre that could read, and eventually found himself sharing Scyre leadership with Phasma.

INTRODUCTION TO THE FIRST ORDER

Crashed ships were not uncommon on Parnassos. Some had been abandoned long ago, but other newer ones could also be found thanks to some old defense installments in orbit, still protecting Star Con’s former interests on the planet, despite the fact that the corporation hasn’t been active there for potentially hundreds of years. One day, Phasma witnessed a glittering ship falling from orbit and dropping an escape pod somewhere beyond Claw territory.

Against Keldo’s orders, Phasma races to the location of the crash with some of her soldiers in hope of salvaging something useful, only to find Brendol Hux, the man in charge of the First Order’s stormtrooper recruitment and training programs. The Claw arrive first, and Brendol declares that he is seeking the finest warriors in the galaxy and will recruit anyone willing to help him get to his ship, which just so happened to be one of Emperor Palpatine’s personal chrome Nabooian yachts.

Phasma pretends to make a truce with Balder so they can both help Brendol, but stabs the Claw leader instead, then her and her soldiers fight off the remaining Claw, telling Brendol he couldn’t trust them anyway, and she and her Scyre soldiers set off to help them across the desert to find his ship.

Their journey takes them across several other unfriendly groups, and Phasma proves her fighting prowess each time until even Brendol Hux’s stormtroopers begin taking orders from her. She endears herself to Brendol and quickly begins mimicking the former Imperial’s accent and posture, watching and adopting the training of the other Stormtroopers over the course of their journey.

When they finally get to the ship, it’s in no condition to fly, but they’re able to hail the First Order to send a shuttle for pickup. Keldo and the rest of the Scyre intercept them and attack, angry at their betrayal, but Phama, her soldiers, and the First Order wipe out the Scyre, and Phasma even kills her brother herself. Only one of Phasma’s original Scyre company, Siv, is still alive at this point. Turning on Siv, Phasma abandons her on Parnassos, leaving to start her life with the First Order, shredding the last vestige Parnassos to begin a new life where nobody but Brendol and a young Scyre girl, Frey, who they will raise as a stormtrooper, knows who she is.

PHASMA – FIRST ORDER CAPTAIN

Already a quick learner, Phasma has mastered many of the basics of stormtrooper training – merely by observation – prior to leaving Parnassos behind with Brendol Hux to join the first order. Once officially joining the ranks, her ascent is even faster. Due to a life that required her to be on constant guard, Phasma only sleeps four hours a night, so she spends the rest of her night time hours learning about things she couldn’t on Parnassos, like galactic history, military tactics, and technology, including a little “slicing” (hacking).

She gains the title of Captain in less than a year and Brendol Hux grants her half of his stormtrooper training program, a role she now shares with Captain Cardinal, a stormtrooper who wears crimson red stormtrooper armor and designs and conducts the training regiment for the young children being raised to be stormtroopers. Phasma’s responsibility is for the older troopers, training them in the actual ways of war and leading them on missions.

After reaching the rank of Captain, Phasma returns to Parnassos and retrieves the chromium plating from the ship Brendol Hux crashed in. Taking it to a former Con Star facility, she has it copy a full set of stormtrooper armor, including a rejected prototype helmet, giving her iconic chrome armor. While on Parnassos, she also retrieves a native beetle who’s bite is extremely lethal, but largely unknown of outside of Parnassos.

Scheming with Brendols’s son, Armitage Hux, Phasma has the beetle bite Brendol, allowing her and Armitage to fill his shoes. Since Frey had also mysteriously died in a training accident, Phasma believes she has removed the last living person who knows anything about her life before the First Order. Cardinal would eventually uncover part of this plot and attack Phasma, but she kills him as well, taking full control of the First Order’s troop training program.

With a new comic detailing more of Phasma’s story after The Force Awakens (including how she escaped from the trash compactor), and a more action heavy role in The Last Jedi, Phasma is going to continue to be a major presence in Episode VIII at least – we’ll see if she survives until Episode IX. Using the First Order simply as a means to elevate own power, without any regard to any of her allies, she could have an interesting role you play yet.

5 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT CAPTAIN PHASMA

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As the First Order spreads its reign of fear across the galaxy, stormtroopers armed and armored for war lead the way. The sound of their marching feet is sometimes preceded by another steady gait. Next comes the sight of all of those troopers again, doubled by reflective chrome armor.

Supreme Leader Snoke’s master of ground troops, Captain Phasma, packs a punch on her own, too. Introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, she joins Kylo Ren and General Hux as one of the newest icons of Star Wars villainy.

With an upcoming novel and comic series bearing Phasma’s name, there’s more of the silver-armor-clad leader to come. For now, let’s take a look at the captain’s dossier.

1. Her armor is an expression of her loyalty.

Like Kylo Ren, consumed by his aspirations to emulate Darth Vader, Phasma indulges in her own Imperial idolatry. Her armor’s mirrored surface is made from chromium previously used on one of Emperor Palpatine’s own yachts. The chromium coat might not stop an anti-starship weapon, but it does shield her from radiation.

And as Phasma novel author Delilah S. Dawson said at Celebration, Captain Phasma’s enemies will see the moment of their own death reflected in that armor.

2. That blaster packs a punch from a distance.

Phasma’s blaster is also coated in chromium, an affectation that adds to her imposing appearance. She’s equally comfortable flying a heavily-armed starship, driving a speeder, or wielding any of the First Order’s small arms. Her custom blaster features some upgrades, including a recurved trigger guard for a two-handed stance. Not all of the combat she sees has to be close enough to be reflected in her kit; the blaster rifle can unfold a stabling grip and a macroscope sight for sniping with magnification up to eight times. She holds it with crush gauntlets which were also specially made for Phasma’s gear.

3. “Adequate” is the highest praise her troopers can expect.

As the head of the stormtrooper legions, Phasma has to hold her trainees to the highest standard.

She took a special interest in FN-2187’s training, but even her best soldier was merely “adequate.” She manipulated her troopers’ minds as much as their bodies, observing their behavior in great detail and pinpointing not just weaknesses in their fighting technique, but also friendships that could turn into alliances or dissenting thoughts that could tear a unit apart. She has memorized the serial numbers of every one of the troopers who she works with directly.

“FN-2187 has the potential to be one of the finest stormtroopers I have ever seen…But his decision to split the fire-team and return for FN-2003 is problematic. It speaks to a potentially … dangerous level of empathy.

4. She idolizes the Empire — but wants to do better.

Phasma has high ambitions in other areas, as well. Darth Vader’s bickering advisors wouldn’t have fared well under her rule. Although she supports the First Order’s blind bid to bring back the Empire, she’s also thankful not to have any politicians giving input on how she should raise her troopers. She wants to eliminate infighting while focusing on making her army the best that it can be. While few details are known about Deliah Dawson’s upcoming Phasma novel, it’s sure to reveal more about what makes her such an effective leader.

5. She survived being thrown in the trash compactor.

There’s something alive in here. The stormtrooper extraordinaire is confirmed to have survived her trip to the trash compactor, courtesy Finn and Han Solo, in Captain Phasma #1, a series of comics from Marvel that reveals how she escaped.

Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson is now in stores. Buy here.

The Last Jedi promo images showcase Hux, Ackbar, and Porgs

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As anticipation continues to build for this December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi fans have become pretty well-acquainted with most of the major characters who will be appearing in the film. Obviously, Rey, Finn, and Poe will be returning as the main trio, while Luke Skywalker’s more prominent role is a big source of excitement. But for fans who are still looking for any new piece of information before The Last Jedi’s big debut, today we have a closer look at a few of the characters who have not received as much of the spotlight.

 We Got This Covered shared some more images, including several Star Wars Topps trading cards, giving a closer new and returning characters. Among the familiar newcomers from The Force Awakens, like Captain Phasma, and the returning favorites, like Chewbacca, are a few names that haven’t been prominently featured in The Last Jedi‘s marketing, such as Admiral Ackbar, General Hux and the Porgs.

Check the gallery below: