Vanity Fair has revealed their extensive cover story for the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi and hidden inside it are some new pieces of information about the upcoming film, including details on new characters and places that our favorites will find themselves at.
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First up, where things ended in The Force Awakens and start in The Last Jedi is the planet of Ahch-To, where the outlet reveals that Luke isn’t alone standing on that rock in the ocean but living among an “indigenous race of caretaker creatures.” These creatures, which director Rian Johnson assures are “not Ewoks,” live in “beehive-shaped huts” (pictured above), similar to what the ancient monks that actually lived on the location of Skellig hundreds of years ago would live in.
Another place is the “glittering casino city” called Canto Bight, which will see Finn and newcomer Rose Tico finding themselves in as the story progresses. Johnson calls it “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,” he revealed. “I was thinking, O.K., let’s go ultra-glamour. Let’s create a playground, basically, for rich *ssholes.”
There are also some more details on the new characters from the film, including the one played by Benicio Del Toro, who actually won’t be named throughout The Last Jedi‘s runtime. Described as “a ‘shady character’ of unclear allegiances,” Johnson reveals that internally they’ve referred to him as “DJ,” the reasoning for which fans will be able to pick up on. There’s also Laura Dern’s character, Vice Admiral Holdo, described as “a prominent officer in the Resistance,” and another new character named Paige, who is the sister of Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico.
Finally, one last piece of relevant info was revealed about the future of Star Wars as the magazine notes that Star Wars: Episode IX, which has Colin Trevorrow behind the camera, is scheduled to begin shooting in January.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It will open in regular and IMAX theaters on December 15, 2017.