Star Wars: The Last Jedi: New Images, New Characters And More
It's a rite of passage for Star Wars casts to adorn the cover of Vanity Fair. Legendary photographer Annie Liebovitz visited the set of The Last Jedi last year, and now the venerable American magazine has published their massive cover feature, with four separate covers, a dozen new Liebovitz stills, and a 10,000 word article by David Kamp.
There’s an enormous wealth of previously unseen information and images in the feature, and we’d highly recommend you head over to the Vanity Fair website to read for yourselves. Among the most interesting tidbits to parse: we’ve finally learnt the names of a couple of new additions to the saga. First up, there’s a “shady character” of unclear allegiances, played by Benicio Del Toro, who apparently has no name in the film, but is called DJ by the filmmakers. According to director Rian Johnson, “there’s a reason why we call him DJ”. (Is he an intergalactic disc jockey?) There’s also prominent Resistance officer Vice Admiral Holdo, played by Laura Dern, who sports violet hair in this first look.
Also revealed: Luke is not alone on his watery island of Ahch-To, the first Jedi temple, filmed in Ireland’s Skellig Michael. According to the article, Mark Hamill’s Luke has been living in a “Jedi village” with an indigenous race of caretaker creatures. Johnson is understandably reticent to give spoilers on what race these creatures are, except to say that they are “not Ewoks.”
Elsewhere, we learn of a new locale in the galaxy far, far away: a casino city called Canto Bight. It’s “a Star Wars Monte Carlo–type environment, a little James Bond–ish, a little To Catch a Thief,” according to Johnson. “It was an interesting challenge, portraying luxury and wealth in this universe.” Johnson told Vanity Fair that the idea was born of conjuring up something different from the sandy wastelands of planets like Jakku. “I was thinking, O.K., let’s go ultra-glamour. Let’s create a playground, basically, for rich assholes,” he said.
Carrie Fisher inevitably looms large in the feature too, with an extraordinary image shoot, and the revelation that Leia Organa will have “significantly more screentime” than she did in The Force Awakens – and also that Episode IX was intended to be her movie, in the same way VII was Harrison Ford's, and VIII will be Hammill's. Her death has forced a recalibration of the series. Oscar Isaac, aka Poe Dameron, recounted a scene where Fisher had to slap him. “I think we did 27 takes in all, and Carrie leaned into it every time, man,” he said. “She loved hitting me. Rian found such a wonderful way of working with her, and I think she really relished it.”
For more, we’d recommend pouring yourself a tall glass of blue milk and reading Vanity Fair’s article. With Rian Johnson writing and directing, The Last Jedi will be released in UK cinemas on 15 December.