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Dec 5, 2017

27 facts, trivia and Easter Eggs about The Last Jedi

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Facts and trivia about The Last Jedi


Star Wars VIII had some big shoes to fill.

 On the left foot was the behemoth that was The Force Awakens and on the right was the juggernaut that was Rogue One.

So the Star Wars production crew went hard under the watch of Rian Johnson and Kathleen Kennedy.

And now we have The Last Jedi.

SPOILERS LURK BELOW!

Here's some facts and figures about making the movie:

  1. Director Rian Johnson came up with the episode's title during his first draft and had to keep it secret for several years.
  2. Benicio Del Torro, was originally cast as Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace but dropped out when he realized his on screen time would be minimal. So the trivia is he has been cast twice for a Star Wars film!
  3. Rian has confirmed that to his mind, The Last Jedi title refers to Luke.
  4. Tom Hardy (Batman, Peaky Blinders) and Gary Barlow (singer from Take That) make cameo appearances as Stormtroopers. 
  5. Rogue One's director Gareth Edwards has a small cameo (as he did in Rogue One)
  6. It's almost a forgone conclusion these days, but Warwick Davis has yet another cameo as well, making it his tenth appearance in a Star Wars film. Here's a list of the cameo parts of The Last Jedi.
  7. Jimmy Vee plays R2D2, formally replacing Kenny Baker following his death.
  8. Carrie Fisher had filmed her scenes in the months before her untimely death.
  9. The horses that Finn and Rose escape on during the scene on Canto Bight are called 'falthiers'. The handler / trainer of the falthiers goes by the name of Bargwill Tomder.
  10. Rian reckons that Carrie Fishers dog 'Gary' can be spotted in the Canto Bight casino scene. He's a pet of a gambler. He can be found at the bar.... 
  11. Rian Johnson watched three particular movies to help inspire him when writing the script. Rian said "Twelve O’Clock High was a big touchstone, for the feel and look of the aerial combat as well as the dynamic between the pilots. Three Outlaw Samurai for the feel of the sword-fighting, and the general sense of pulpy fun. And To Catch A Thief was a great film to rewatch, for the romantic scale and grandeur".
  12. TLJ begins immediately where The Force Awakens left off.
  13. Luke's first words to Rey are "Who are you?"
  14. John Williams again wrote the score, his eighth time for a Star Wars movie. When Rian was asked about his approach to the soundtrack and whether it was to lean on the classic themes or lean more on new music he reply that his approach was "to hand the movie to John Williams. ;-)"
  15. Captain Phasma returns and now brandishes a spear as her weapon of choice.
  16. Canto Bight is on a planet called Cantonica.
  17. Carrie Fisher's sudden death in December 2016 meant she had not completed her audio dialogue re-recording parts. The sound team had to take snippets of her work "from here and there" to get the job done. 
  18. Rian Johnson asked JJ Abrams for a Force Awakens script change to allow R2D2 to accompany Rey to Ach-to Island instead of BB8. This was so R2 could feature more and also echo the fact that he was on Degobah with Luke during his training with Yoda, much the same as Rey does with Luke.
  19. The Last Jedi has 12 scene end 'wipes' compared to The Phantom Menace which had 55.
  20. Kelly Marie Tran by playing Rose Tico is the first major character of Asian heritage. 
  21. George Lucas had absolutely no part in the development of the movie.
  22. Rian was hired  to  direct the The Last Jedi just when J.J. Abrams was starting to shoot The Force Awakens.
  23. More than 125 sets for the production where made. 
  24. There was a 110 days shooting schedule.
  25. The amount of practical creatures in The Last Jedi is bigger than The Force Awakens and Rogue One combined.
  26. Adrian "Ade" Edmondson, of British Sitcom TV Royalty, has a cameo as a First Order Officer.
  27. When Luke Skywalker takes the saber offered by Rey as they meet, a close inspection of the hand shows damage exactly at the place Luke was shot in The Return of the Jedi during the escape from the Sarlac Pitt:

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