Johnson, Isaac talk Carrie Fisher in Last Jedi, details on Dern & Del Toro’s characters
Following yesterday’s planetary assault’s worth of information on the upcoming film, even more details on Star Wars: The Last Jedi have been revealed online, specifically about Carrie Fisher’s final appearance as Leia in the series.
“I’s not like we made the film thinking that we were bringing closure to the character,” director Rian Johnson tells EW. “But watching the film, there’s going to be a very emotional reaction to what she does in this movie.”
Some further details about Leia’s role in the film were also revealed, including how she will be mentoring Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron into more of a leadership role in the film.
“Poe is in some ways a surrogate son for Leia,” Isaac said. “But also I think she sees in him the potential for a truly great leader of the Resistance and beyond.”
Isaac revealed his character’s arc in the sequel is about transitiioning from soldier to leader, from seeing beyond the scope of winning a fight to planning the future of that entire galaxy far, far away.
“I think Leia knows she won’t be around forever and she, with tough love, wants to push Poe to be more than the badass pilot, to temper his heroic impulses with wisdom and clarity.”
Johnson also revealed fresh details on new characters for the film, including Laura Dern’s Vice Admiral Holdo, who is still cloaked in secrecy and potentially because of a history with Leia herself.
“The secrecy does have a purpose in that part of the fun with Laura’s character, with Admiral Holdo, is figuring out what her relationship is to everybody as you go along through the movie,” Johnson revealed.
There’s also Benicio del Toro’s character, who is still only known as “DJ” but now we have an official description of the character, which reads:
“DJ is an enigmatic figure whose tattered, threadbare clothes and lackadaisical attitude conceal a sharp mind and expert skills.”
Co-star John Boyega also offered a tease for the character’s role in the film, as DJ will be joining Finn and Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose on their mission to the casino city of Canto Bight.
“We just need a codebreaker and he’s the best in the galaxy. Unfortunately, he’s very dodgy and only in it for financial gain. He doesn’t fight for any side,” Boyega says.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in regular and IMAX theaters on December 15, 2017.