10 Things You Didn't Know About The Last Jedi (Probably)
Think you know all there is to know about The Last Jedi? Well, here are 10 facts that may have flown under your radar!
Aside from being the second Star Wars film to be at least partially shot with IMAX cameras, The Last Jedi is only the fourth movie in the saga to be released in this format.
It directly continues on from where The Force Awakens left off, with Luke Skywalker training Rey in the ways of the Force. Of course, this method of storytelling is highly unusual for the series, given the few years or so that has always taken place in-between each instalment.
Episode VIII's director, Rian Johnson, was influenced by The Bridge on the River Kwai, Three Outlaw Samurai, Twelve O'Clock High, and Letter Never Sent.
So enamoured by the latter two of the aforementioned films was Johnson, that he arranged for them to be privately screened to the entire cast before filming began.
You may already know that Benicio Del Toro turned down the role of Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace, due to the character's lack of dialogue. What may have flown under your radar, however, is that he is now the fifth Academy Award-winning actor to be cast in Star Wars. The other four are Alec Guinness, Natalie Portman, Lupita Nyong'o and Forest Whitaker.
Another newcomer to the cast is Kelly Marie Tran – who was so secretive about landing the role of Rose, that she pretended to be filming an Indie movie in Canada. She even went as far to buy her parents a bottle of authentic maple syrup.
Due to his unfortunate passing in 2016, The Last Jedi is the first Star Wars film where Kenny Baker is not somehow involved with the portrayal of R2-D2. Instead, the classic character has been bestowed upon Scottish-born actor Jimmy Vee.
As a tribute to the late, great Carrie Fisher, none of her scenes as General Organa have been cut from the final film.
Interestingly, Fisher played an integral role in the writing of the film's script. This came about due to her previous work as a well-established writer and “script doctor” on previous projects.
And, last but not least...
In 2017, while promoting The Last Jedi in Japan, Rian Johnson revealed that he had cast Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a mystery voice-over role. It has to be said, however, that such a bombshell should not have really come as much of a surprise. After all, the actor has appeared in every single of Johnson's movies to date.
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