While the panel and trailer launch for Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” dominated much of the talk on Friday and yesterday, those involved on the panel have subsequently given interviews to a number of outlets with some key quotes and information emerging from the interviews.
First up, the title. A big deal was made by fans about the movie’s title being translated in select countries in a way that ‘Jedi’ meant several of them as opposed to just one person.
Johnson tells ABC News that despite those translations and the fan theories, the title is talking about one person: “It’s so funny when people started asking that when the title was announced because I never even pondered that question… In my mind it’s singular. They say in The Force Awakens that he’s gone on to find the last Jedi temple. Luke is the last Jedi.”
Johnson confirms Rey’s parentage will “absolutely be addressed” in the film, but whether it will all be is unclear. One thing that actress Daisy Ridley seems to suggest is that Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker is NOT her father. She tells ErikDavis that at the start of ‘Last Jedi’: “obviously he [Luke] doesn’t know who she [Rey] is when she turns up with this frickin lightsaber he hasn’t seen in however long.”
Will the Skywalker saga continue after Episode IX? Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy tells Fandango: “I certainly foresee movies past nine. Whether or not we carry on the Skywalker saga… you know, George always intended nine movies, and whether we continue that or not is something we’re talking about right now. If the story warrants it, we’ll absolutely do it. If it actually inspires new ideas, then we’ll probably head in that direction. We just don’t know yet.”
Also speaking with that outlet, Ridley said she’s spoken with a few people who’ve seen a rough cut of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and: “everyone’s like, ‘It’s different. It’s different.’ So I think with Rian’s vision and his image, and also I think he had J.J., who you know brought all the old fans back and the new fans in and he had all this stuff. Rian, I think, had more room to kind of do his thing.”
A new comic book miniseries focusing entirely on Captain Phasma has been announced by Marvel at StarWars.com. The four-issue series will explain how Captain Phasma escaped from the trash compactor and survived the destruction of Starkiller Base. It will hit in September.
Finally, Billy Dee Williams says his Lando Calrissian character will NOT be in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” which opens in cinemas this December.