Entertainment Weekly have unleashed an entire galaxies worth of new, tantalising details for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Unveiling an epic cover story filled to the brim with brand new stills, plot details, and juicy quotes; EW have really outdone the previous reveals from Star Wars Celebration and Vanity Fair.
So what exactly have we learned? There are smaller details that hint at larger stories to be played out such as Luke (Mark Hamill) initially rejecting Rey (Daisy Ridley) after she presents him with his old lightsaber – hinting at the conflict at the heart of the new trilogy’s story.
Then there’s Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), who Luke genuinely believed was the chosen one – which sounds like we’ll the explicit reason why Luke is in exile, if not every exact detail he lived through after the events of Return of the Jedi.
Then there’s the quote from Hamill himself about his ‘fundamental disagreement’ with director Rian Johnson about the direction Luke had taken. While this was quickly jumped upon by fans as a condemnation of the film itself, we now know that it refers to Luke disbanding the Jedi order – a development that Hamill had problems reconciling with the wide-eyed farm boy who believed full in the religions overwhelming power.
Away from the major plot points, we also learned that the Porgs – the adorable puffin-like creatures that inhabit the island of Ahch-To, will at some point end up onboard the Millennium Falcon – much to the chagrin of Chewbacca, and that there are other creatures keeping Luke company, namely The Caretakers, the squat, humanoid creatures that maintain the buildings on the island. Realised via practical costumes, they’re described as all female, nun-like, and speaking in “Scottish fish talk” – they are said to just ‘tolerate’ Luke’s presence on the island – which may or may not contain the very first Jedi temple (EW seems to confirm it while the previous Vanity Fair article was cagier about the development) wherein the mysterious cave paintings and ‘force tree’ will hint at the history of the Jedi order.
Outside of Luke and Rey’s rendezvous on Ahch-To, we also learned more about the state of the Resistance and the First Order. While it’s established that Finn (John Boyega) will recover from the injuries he suffered at the end of The Force Awakens, what we didn’t know was that he’s now become something of a legend within the Resistance’s ranks – which is a shame because he now wants out of the Resistance altogether.
Following up his plan to leave the fight while at Maz’s castle, at the start of The Last Jedi Finn’s main goal is to leave the Resistance (the article suggests a desire to run away with Rey) and head to the calm of the Outer Rim. Of course, it won’t be that easy to walk away...especially when he’s assigned to work alongside Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran), a Resistance mechanic who is something of a super fan of both Finn and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). Rose and Finn team-up for an undercover mission that takes them to Canto Bight – a luxury resort on an otherwise deserted planet, which despite previous descriptions calling it Monte Carlo in space suggests something a bit more Vegas-like.
Despite Finn’s misgivings about staying with the Resistance, EW seemed to also confirmed that he’ll be present at the films climactic Battle of Crait, where Resistance speeders go up against the First Order’s gorilla walkers, thanks to a photo of him piloting a speeder craft, which seems to suggest he’s not only staying, but learning his place within the Resistance too.
Flipping over to the dark side, EW have also given us our first glimpse of Snoke’s personal protection, the Praetorian Guard, who are basically an updated, fight-ready version of the Emperor’s red Imperial Guard – who, like a lot of Empire’s ephemera are named after guards of Roman Emperors.
Speaking of Snoke himself, director Rian Johnson teased that his role in The Last Jedi would very much serve the ongoing narrative, wryly noting that: “a story is not a Wikipedia page” when it comes to delving into the characters past.
Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m just a little bit excited to see how all these little details coalesce when Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits cinemas on December 15 2017.