And of course, given that we are huge Star Wars fans and are actually paid to write about this stuff (best. job. EVER.), we were blown away by the Behind-the-Scene featurette from Rian Johnson’s movie.
The footage was packed with some awesome, touching moments featuring beloved cast members like Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, but it also was loaded with some special effects shots, some cool stunt work, and some revealing and rumor-confirming details.
We’ve already heard about new locations such as Crait and Canto Bight as well as new characters played by actors Laura Dern and Benecio del Toro. And the video revealed fresh looks at all of them and then some.
There’s a ton to unpack and we’re not going to be able to go over it all, but here are some of our favorite details we managed to catch while viewing Disney’s behind-the-scenes video of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Rose And Finn
It seems pretty clear that Rose and Finn are going to have their hands full in the new movie.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will feature Finn’s recovery after being spine spliced by Kylo Ren’s lightsaber.
He’ll gain a new companion in Rose, and the two are set to have an important mission into the heart of First Order territory.
We’ve already heard glimpses of the characters going undercover as First Order officers, confirmed in this video, but we also get a glimpse of the two characters falling on hard times.
The shot that features the two held behind bars could have major significance for the film depending on when it actually occurs. We can’t wait to see this new dynamic and to learn more about Rose, as well as find out how Finn deals with returning to the very group he abandoned in the first film.
Canto Bight, Baby
Star Wars getting a Las Vegas equivalent isn’t exactly something we were expecting to see, but we’re glad we’re getting it!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s photo spread in Vanity Fair gave us our first look at the eclectic group of aliens that frequent the high-stakes establishment on the new planet. But the footage showed us a good shot of the actual location.
Right around the 2:20 mark, we get a wide shot of the establishment, followed by a monitor playing footage of a shot that glides across a gambling table surrounded by aliens.
We’ve seen hints of Rey training with her lightsaber, probably being overseen by her new mentor Luke Skywalker, but the new footage hints at some awesome lightsaber battles.
Kylo Ren actor Adam Driver is shown practicing fight choreography against a pair of staff wielding foes.
Maybe this scene is a part of the training Supreme Leader Snoke mentioned at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Could the leader of the Knights of Ren be going up against the members of Snoke’s staff-wielding elite guard?
There’re also shots of Daisy Ridley training, including a shot where she blocks simultaneous overhead blows from three lightsabers.
More Star Wars: The Last Jedi
That video got us hyped for the upcoming Star Wars movie — as you can probably tell. What did you think of the new footage released at D23? Be sure to let us know on social media!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres in theaters December 15.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the second film in the new Star Wars sequel trilogy that began with Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015. The film will deal with Luke training Rey to become a, and possibly the last, Jedi. Meanwhile, the Resistance, including Poe Dameron and First Order defector Finn, continues to fight against the First Order, led by General Hux, while Supreme Leader Snoke and his Dark Side follower Kylo Ren continue their mysterious plot.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran.