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Rian Johnson Discusses Choices for Carrie Fisher’s Scenes after Her Untimely Death

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After Carrie Fisher’s untimely death this past year, Star Wars fans wondered how she would be written out of the saga. Would Rian Johnson do it in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, would she be CGI’ed in J.J. Abrams next film?

SPOILERS BELOW – If you haven’t seen the new Star Wars film, do not proceed!

As it turns out, Fisher had completed filming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Lucasfilm thought so much of her performance, that they didn’t want her character changed in the film. There was an opportunity during the first half of the film to send her character off, but Johnson didn’t want to do it according to a new interview at IGN.

I mean, after we came back from New Year’s, Kathy [Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm] and I had a conversation and I felt really strongly that we had a beautiful performance from her.

Because if we did that, first of all that would feel like a very unsatisfying end to that character, because that moment of her getting blown out was not engineered to be an ending. And second, that would mean we would lose the scene with her and Luke, the scene with her and Rey at the end, the scene with her and Holdo. So much stuff that I feel I wanted to have from Carrie. I didn’t want to lose that. We talked about it briefly but it was something very quickly I decided I didn’t want to do.

In the film, Leia uses the Force to pull herself back to the safety of the ship. IGN took the opportunity to ask Rian, if Leia had trained with Luke during the time between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens to hone her Force skills…

This is a reflex action on her part. It’s the equivalent in my head of when you hear about parents, toddlers are caught under cars, and they suddenly get Hulk strength and can lift it up. Or a drowning person climbing their way to the surface. It’s instinctual, her use of it. It’s the opposite of when Luke Force-pulls the saber in Hoth. It isn’t like, ‘I’m going to try and do this.’ For her it’s just an instinctual thing of, ‘I’m not done yet. I’m not giving up. I’m pulling myself back in.

So there you have it. What do you think of the flying through space scene? Leave your thoughts in the appropriate places.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits North American theaters on December 15, 2017. Directed by Rian Johnson and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, Jimmy Vee, and more! Music will be composed by John Williams.

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Over Two Hours of Bonus Material on The Last Jedi Blu-ray

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is only in its first few weeks of release, but that is never to early to start talking about the upcoming Blu-ray release. New sales flyers have been found online, which feature the movie’s home release. It looks as if Best Buy will have an exclusive steelbook version of the film and Target will have a bonus booklet included.

It’s not currently available at Amazon, but here is the page where you will be able to pre-order soon.

Get ready, because soon you will be able to watch the movie as much as you want in your home!

Star Wars Home Packaging (Leak, I Guess?)

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About Star Wars: The Last Jedi:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently at theaters nationwide. Directed by Rian Johnson and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, Jimmy Vee, and more! Music will be composed by John Williams.

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The Reason for the Color of Luke’s Lightsaber at the End of ‘The Last Jedi’

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We are entering SPOILER territory here folks. If you haven’t seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi, then look away!

We have all been wondering exactly why Luke chose to manifest himself on Crait with Anakin’s blue lightsaber in his final duel with Kylo Ren. Heck we have even speculated on our Podcast here before. Now though, Rian Johnson has spilled the beans to IGN, given us the answer as to the reason for Luke having Anakin’s lightsaber in his hands again.

“[Luke] is basically tailoring this projection to have maximum effect on Kylo,” Johnson explained. “He knows that Kylo’s Achilles heel is his rage, and so that’s why he kind of makes himself look younger, the way Kylo would’ve last seen him in their confrontation at the temple, and that’s why he decided to bring Kylo’s grandfather’s lightsaber down there — the lightsaber that Kylo screamed at Rey, ‘that’s mine, that belongs to me.’” As far as Johnson’s concerned, Luke believes that Anakin’s lightsaber will have a much more visceral impact on the erstwhile Ben Solo than Luke’s own green blade.

But why did Kylo fall for his uncle’s Force Illusion when he saw Anakin’s lightsaber split in half right in front of him? Because, Johnson pointed out, he didn’t actually see it.

“We as an audience saw that… The truth is, we see the lightsaber split in half — Kylo sees a blinding flash of light and is knocked unconscious, and then Rey takes the lightsaber away before he wakes up,” he said. “So if you really want to dig into it and get an explanation, you can say that he doesn’t 100 percent know what happened to the lightsaber.”

About Star Wars: The Last Jedi:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently at theaters nationwide. Directed by Rian Johnson and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, Jimmy Vee, and more! Music will be composed by John Williams.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Nominated for BAFTA Rewards

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BAFTA Awards

It’s award season and hopefully we will see our favorite film franchise get the spotlight this year. First up are the BAFTA awards (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi has scored two nominations. The movie is nominated in the “Best Sound” and “Best Special Visual Effects” categories. The movie does face some very stiff competition in both categories though.

Check out the nominations below!

Sound

  • Baby Driver – Tim Cavagin, Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater
  • Blade Runner 2049 – Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill, Mark Mangini, Mac Ruth
  • Dunkirk – Richard King, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo, Mark Weingarten
  • The Shape Of Water – Christian Cooke, Glen Gauthier, Nathan Robitaille, Brad Zoern
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick, Stuart Wilson, Matthew Wood

Special Visual Effects

  • Blade Runner 2049 – Gerd Nefzer, John Nelson
  • Dunkirk – Scott Fisher, Andrew Jackson
  • The Shape Of Water – Dennis Berardi, Trey Harrell, Kevin Scott
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Nominees TBC
  • War For The Planet Of The Apes – Nominees TBC

How do you think The Last Jedi will fare? Leave your comments below or on our various social media sites!

About Star Wars: The Last Jedi:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently at theaters nationwide. Directed by Rian Johnson and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, Jimmy Vee, and more! Music will be composed by John Williams.

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