When Vanity Fair magazine does a photo-editorial, they don’t mess around. Often getting top photographers like Annie Leibovitz, their spreads are beautiful. Case in point, their feature piece on “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”. The mag, along with Leibovitz, were on set on the film to capture the cast and crew in full costume. This includes the late, great Carrie Fisher, who managed to complete her scenes before she passed. There is a wonderfully poignant portrait of Fisher with Mark Hamill that made me all misty-eyed. It’s the Luke-Leia reunion we never got to see onscreen. Sigh.
The other shots are great too, though some feel a little too post-processed and therefore fake. We also get a first glimpse of Benicia del Toro and Laura Dern’s characters, as well as extras in formal wear. Well what constitutes formal in that galaxy far, far away.
Vanity Fair also got a great scoop on character, story and location details. Here are some highlights…
Regarding the planet Ach-To that we saw at the end of “The Force Awakens”, the mag says that: “Luke isn’t alone standing on that rock in the ocean but living among an “indigenous race of caretaker creatures.” These creatures, which director Rian Johnson assures are “not Ewoks,” live in “beehive-shaped huts” (pictured above), similar to what the ancient monks that actually lived on the location of Skellig hundreds of years ago would live in.”
The fancy rich folk in fancy formal wear are in a “glittering casino city called Canto Bight”, and Vanity Fair says we will “see Finn and newcomer Rose Tico finding themselves in as the story progresses.” Director Rian Johnson calls it “a Star Wars Monte Carlo–type environment, a little James Bond–ish, a little To Catch a Thief.”
Johnson said: “It was an interesting challenge, portraying luxury and wealth in this universe. I was thinking, O.K., let’s go ultra-glamour. Let’s create a playground, basically, for rich assholes.”
More details: “There are also some more details on the new characters from the film, including the one played by Benicio Del Toro, who actually won’t be named throughout The Last Jedi‘s runtime. Described as “a ‘shady character’ of unclear allegiances,” Johnson reveals that internally they’ve referred to him as “DJ,” the reasoning for which fans will be able to pick up on. There’s also Laura Dern’s character, Vice Admiral Holdo, described as “a prominent officer in the Resistance,” and another new character named Paige, who is the sister of Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico.”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is written and directed by Rian Johnson, and stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Benicia del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran. It premieres 15th December.