After reading the script for the film, Mark Hamill told director Rian Johnson, "I pretty much fundamentally disagree with every choice you've made for this character [Luke Skywalker]. Now, having said that, I have gotten it off my chest, and my job now is to take what you've created and do my best to realize your vision." Despite the ultimately divisive response among fans following the film's release, Hamill later stated that he had the utmost respect for Johnson and Episode VII and Episode IX director J.J. Abrams, and is pleased with how both films have turned out.
Mark Hamill and Rian Johnson revealed at a BAFTA screening that Hamill asked to play a CG character, saying that he had done it before (He had previous done CGI work for the computer game "Star Citizen"). In the film he plays the character who puts money inside BB-8 in the Casino scenes.
With the passing of Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels is now the only remaining actor to appear in all the official Star Wars films.
Carrie Fisher was also a well-known writer, whose services were often called upon to act as script doctor for other films. She later began declining such assignments when producers would solicit her story ideas, then hire someone else to actually change the script, and use Fisher's ideas without paying her. However, director Rian Johnson revealed that Fisher helped with the writing of the script for this film.
After first completing the arduous 600-foot climb on Ireland's Skellig Michael island, Mark Hamill had hoped that he could avoid having to repeat the trek for additional scenes if he could somehow remain on the summit overnight, thus forfeiting the luxury of room service at his hotel. He suggested sleeping in a tent and 'staying in character.' However, after some inquiries were made with the Irish authorities, he was told by producer Kathleen Kennedy that he was not permitted to pitch a tent because the location is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Daisy Ridley took her father to the set in Ireland, where the ending scene of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) was about to be recreated. When her father met Mark Hamill, he asked him, "Who do you play, then?" Ridley admitted she was not sure if her father was joking.
When filming, Laura Dern said "pew" every time she shot her blaster. Although not audible, one such instance even made it into the finished film. It can be noticed in the close-up shot when Holdo is stunning her opponents. (Around 1:34:10 into the film).
Although Disney decided not to use George Lucas's story outlines for Episodes VII, VIII, and IX after the purchase of his company, a couple of Lucas's ideas surfaced in this film, including Luke Skywalker living as a recluse and training a female Jedi (in Lucas's outline her name was Kira).
According to director Rian Johnson, the Porgs were the result of puffins being native to Skellig Michael, the island where the Achto scenes were filmed. They were unable to move them as they are a protected species and it would've been too time consuming and expensive to edit them out of the shots, so Rian decided to create a new indigenous species and simply CGI over the puffins.
This was the first film in the series in which Kenny Baker was not involved in the portrayal of R2-D2. Jimmy Vee was given the job, shortly before Baker's death.
Ewan McGregor expressed his interest to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in this film. Rian Johnson wanted to include him, but could not find a place in the story to naturally insert the character.
Luke Skywalker bears some resemblance to Obi-Wan Kenobi's appearance in the original Star Wars trilogy. In fact, Mark Hamill reprised his role in 2015 at the age of 63, while Alec Guinness was 61 when he was first cast as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
After the breakthrough CGI that was displayed in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) for recreating long gone actors, the filmmakers of this film saw fit to issue statements ahead of release, shutting down any speculations (or worries) on the possibility of such a technology being used for the late Carrie Fisher. In short, all her scenes (barring the stunts) are categorically hers, including the dialogue.
General Leia Organa's Mon Calamari cruiser bears the name "Raddus," named for the character of Admiral Raddus in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016).
There was a lot of discussion about how Captain Phasma's face should look under her helmet. It was Daisy Ridley who suggested that her eye should appear unscarred and human.
Kelly Marie Tran did not tell anyone she was doing the movie and lied that she was doing an indie film in Canada. At one point, she got some maple syrup to bring back to her parents so they would believe she was actually in Canada.
Rian Johnson's original cut of the film exceeded three hours. Reports say he cut between 45 and 60 minutes to get the film down to a more palatable run time.
The three Resistance fighters who pop up from the trenches on Crait are Mark Hamill's children.
With a running time of 152 minutes, this is the longest movie of the Star Wars saga. The previous record was held by Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), with 142 minutes.
Luke Skywalker refers to a lightsaber as a "laser sword." The only other character in the saga to do so was Anakin Skywalker in Episode I.
As of 2017, this is the only film in the Star Wars universe to not feature the popular phrase "I have a bad feeling about this" spoken audibly. Obi Wan says it in Episode I, Anakin says it in Episode II, Obi Wan says it again in Episode III, Luke and Han say it in Episode IV, Leia says it in Episode V, Han says it again in Episodes VI and VII and K2SO starts to say it but is cut off in Rogue One. Director Rian Johnson has stated that the line is said by BB-8, but since he speaks in droid language, the line is not actually heard.
For the sequence where Kylo Ren connects with Leia Organa before choosing not to fire, editors used the same three frame dissolves used in The Empire Strikes Back between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.
Carrie Fisher's dog Gary Fisher appears in the casino. When Rose and Finn are talking, he is visible on the left side of the screen beneath the man in the black fez. Rian Johnson confirmed this after a fan spotted the dog in a production still.
Luke Skywalker mentions Darth Sidious by name, the only throwback to a name that only appeared in the prequel trilogy (Though Darth Sidious appears in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), he is only referred to as the Emperor). It is likely that Luke learned the Sith title of Senator/Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine, a name also used only in the prequel trilogy, by conversing with the Force ghosts of Obi-Wan or Yoda sometime between Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
According to stunt coordinator Liang Yang, the lightsaber movements Daisy Ridley performed usually take three days to learn. However, Ridley was able to learn them in only one and a half hours.
This was Carrie Fisher's final film; she died in December 2016 and this film was dedicated to her memory.
The location filming in Ireland was intended to follow on from the dark Skellig ending of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015). However, the weather was unseasonably good and shooting took longer than expected.
R2-D2's hologram of Princess Leia was re-created with original footage shot for A New Hope.
In keeping with a long-time series tradition, the opening shot after the text crawl shows a space vehicle flying either away from or toward the screen (in this case, several Resistance transport ships fly towards the screen). Originally, the opening shot was a transition from the stars to a circular shape resembling a planet, which would fade into the tubular bed Finn was comatose inside of from the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), where he would suddenly wake up like he does around 15 minutes into the final film.
Rian Johnson was offered the chance to direct the next film in the saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) based on executive reactions to early versions of this film. Johnson turned down the offer due to the film's tight production schedule. Lucasfilm then offered him a three picture deal to create his own trilogy set in the "Star Wars" universe.
Director Rian Johnson admits that he moved Kylo Ren's facial injury. In Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), Rey slices his face with her lightsaber, giving him a laceration that goes across the bridge of his nose. In this film, the injury has scabbed over, but is now over his right eye. Johnson says a scab over his nose did not look right. Coincidentally, the placement of the scar matches a similar injury on Anakin Skywalker, in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
Lawrence Kasdan initially wrote a story outline for the film, but was called away to work on Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) when problems arose with that film's initial script. When Rian Johnson signed on as director, he requested to be allowed to scrap Kasdan's story and write his own script from scratch, to which the producers consented, as Kasdan's outline no longer matched up with the finished storyline of the previous film.
Production designer Rick Heinrichs said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that the original screenplay by writer-director Rian Johnson was so ambitious that it had double the number of sets you might expect on a film like this. "The original script had about 160 sets in it, a ridiculous amount of sets. I didn't say that to Rian, because I figured on something this big he'll find that out on his own. It's a 100-day shooting schedule," says Heinrichs. "So there's more than one set a day you have to prepare for." In the end, the production settled on 125 sets on 14 stages at Pinewood Studios. "The truth is we ended up combining things and trying to be smart about how we're going to do it," says Heinrichs. "He did do some trimming and cutting. It forced him to actually cut the shoe leather, as they say, and combine things in the script as well and reduce a number of things that way."
Gwendoline Christie was trained in fighting by swordmaster C.C. Smiff, the same stuntman who had trained her for her fighting scenes in Game of Thrones (2011).
The original release date was May 26, 2017. However, in January of 2016, the film's release was rescheduled for December 15, 2017, based on how successful Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) was releasing in December.
The film was released over forty years after Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and marked the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars film franchise.
In December 2015, the production team of this film and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) went to Mexico City, Mexico looking for filming locations, specifically at Iztapalapa and Tlahuac boroughs. It was later confirmed that some scenes for both films would be filmed in Mexico City, but due to some trouble with the local government the filming was cancelled.
According to Rian Johnson, Luke Skywalker's rationale for exiling himself on the island was that the Jedi were not helping and were instead perpetuating the cycle of the Jedi and Sith. They needed to go away so a new light could rise from a more worthy source.
Director Rian Johnson stated that Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) took inspiration from the films Twelve O'Clock High (1949), Letter Never Sent (1960), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) (which earned Sir Alec Guinness an Academy Award for Best Actor) and Three Outlaw Samurai (1964).
Originally the line, "It's time for the Jedi to end" was much longer, but it was shortened for a trailer. Rian Johnson liked it so much, he went back and used it in the final cut.
The Stormtrooper armor is slightly different from the one seen in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015). The most striking difference can be noticed on the helmet, which has sharper contours and resembles the design of the classic Stormtroopers.
Lieutenant Connix played by Billie Lourd is the daughter of Carrie Fisher and talent agent Bryan Lourd.
In the original trilogy, Mark Hamill received top billing for all three films. In Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), Harrison Ford received top billing while Hamill received second billing. Hamill received top billing once more in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).
Early filming took place with Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley on Skellig Michael off the coast of County Kerry, Ireland, in late September 2015. On February 15, 2016, LucasFilm posted a short production-announcement video, which included some footage and behind-the-scenes shots, and which picked up immediately after the final scene of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015). Main photography was scheduled to begin in early January 2016 but was delayed a month reportedly due to script revisions, and began on February 15.
The title of "Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi" was first published in Spain and translated to "Los Últimos Jedi," meaning the title is plural. In Italy too it has been translated as "Gli Ultimi Jedi" (plural)
According to Rian Johnson, Laura Dern could not resist saying "pew pew pew!" when she was required to fire a blaster. This is similar to Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen in the prequels: both had a habit of making lightsaber noises while they dueled.
Chelsea Hamill, Nathan Hamill and Griffin Hamill, the children of Mark Hamill, have uncredited appearances as Resistance members.
The best advice Rian Johnson received from the editors of The Force Awakens was "In every single scene, shoot a cutaway of BB-8 and you'll never regret it."
In late 2017, director Rian Johnson shot down Internet rumors that Billy Dee Williams would reprise his role of Lando Calrissian in this film, stating, "He's not in the film, and it was never really something that came up. I mean, I loved that character. It would have been fun to see him, but it's just not something that ever really had a place in the story."
The insert shot of the computer screen showing the status of the Resistance ships was filmed during a makeup test.
The ship in which Finn and Rose skid across the floor of the mine is a huge practical rig on a massive track.
Rian Johnson brought Frank Oz into the editing room for guidance about editing scenes with a puppet.
Slowen Lo is a reference to the Beastie Boys song "Slow and Low". J.J. Abrams, who executive produced the film, is a huge Beastie Boys fan and has worked references to them in his previous films.
In the brief moment that you can see Luke's robotic hand, if you look towards the bottom, near the wrist, you can see the formation of a blaster hole. This is the mark that was left there from when Luke was shot in his hand while on Jabba's barge during Return of the Jedi.
Rian Johnson was originally considered to direct Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).
During filming, John Boyega went into a strict workout and diet regime. One day, when he was hungry, he went to Carrie Fisher's trailer. When he told her that he was sick of eating healthy, she offered him chocolate bars and candy she had stashed inside her fridge. Since then, he occasionally went to her trailer whenever he wanted a "cheat day" from his diet. He later said "I failed my diet because Carrie Fisher told me to. And it felt great".
As with Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), the episode number was not included in the official marketing of the film. However, it appeared in the opening title crawl.
The Thala-Siren puppets on Ahch-To needed to be helicoptered in by cables to the edge of the water.
The opening weekend box office made more than all of director/writer Rian Johnson's previous films combined.
The Millenium Falcon has less screen time in this film than in any other Star Wars movie it has appeared in, but for its single-scene cameo in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
The shot of Kylo Ren entering the Resistance base on Crait is a conscious echo of the shot in Revenge of the Sith where Anakin Skywalker enters the Jedi temple.
"The Last Jedi" was also the title of a 2013 tie-in novel with the old "Legends" Expanded Universe book series, set sometime after Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
One sound effect from the movie 2001 A Space Odyssey can be heard in the escape pod scene with Finn.
Many fans were disappointed by how this film disregarded several of the plot threads started in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), and how it answered some of its lingering questions. Writer/director Rian Johnson stated in interviews that he had read J.J. Abrams' script for The Force Awakens, but Abrams never shared any long-term plans he had for the next two films. In fact, there was never an overarching story outline for the trilogy that he had to adhere to; both Abrams and Lucasfilm gave Johnson almost full creative freedom to develop the story as he saw fit, and they were reportedly enthusiastic about some of his more controversial choices.
The Resistance fighter at the console on the bridge of the ship was Daisy Ridley's stand-in.
The first Star Wars movie without Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca. Joonas Suotamo played him in this film. He also acted as Chewbacca's body double in The Force Awakens.
This was the first of director Rian Johnson's films to not be scored by his cousin, Nathan Johnson.
The original opening of the movie had the camera tilting down from the crawl to find Finn waking up in the healing suit.
The shot of the bombs falling through the bomber doors is entirely practical except for the small blue screen of space in the background.
The shot of the water splashing off Rey is a practical effect. Water was dropped onto actress Daisy Ridley, then the shot was reversed.
Rian Johnson and Cinematographer Steve Yedlin needed a way to distinguish the Dreadnought bridge from the Star Destroyer bridge. While on set, they came up with the idea of adding a red light, like a submarine.
Laura Dern plays a high-ranking Rebel officer in this movie, but is probably best-known as Dr. Ellie Sattler from the Jurassic Park franchise. A rippling cup of tea is shown in The Last Jedi, a direct nod to the iconic cup of water from Jurassic Park.
This is the FIFTH official Star Wars film for Warwick Davis, playing a different character or characters in each movie. Starting with Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) in 1983 as the Ewok Wicket (the 2 subsequent Ewok movies don't count), he's since played characters in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017). He's also had a voice role in the animated series Star Wars Rebels (2014).
Paige popping up through the bomber floor was the first shot completed on the Pinewood Stage with an actor.
The Aurebesh lettering on Rose Tico's Resistance coveralls reads "GLD" and "landing officer." The same words were printed on the background alien Vober Dand's clothing in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), and according to the Visual Guide published for that movie, "GLD" stands for "Ground Logistics Division."
Every movie in the saga has a slightly different take on the opening fanfare. It's recorded and mixed specifically for each film's crawl.
After the text crawl at the beginning of the movie, the camera tilts downward. This is the 7th of the 8 movies to do this. Only Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) does not tilt down, but rather tilts upwards.
Maz played a much larger role in early drafts of the script, but as the story got bigger it made more sense to give more beats to the main characters.
Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd has a role as a lieutenant and is seen on screen many times throughout the movie.
Snoke's Praetorian Guard design was inspired by the emperor's royal guard, but they were made to be able to fight and move much more fluidly.
The German dub continues the "I have a bad feeling about this" tradition by translating the line "Han was... Han about it" with "Han had a... bad feeling about this".
The design of Canto Bight was heavily inspired by the city of Monaco, particularly the Monaco setting from Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief (1955). Additionally, several elements of Ralph McQuarrie's concept arts for Jabba's palace were incorporated into the design.
When Prince William and Prince Harry visited the set of the film, they were escorted on a VIP tour of Pinewood Studios by Daisy Ridley.
C3P0's servo sound effects are that of his Episode IV: A New Hope's sound effects, different from the later films which are pitched higher.
Although plenty of his original sound effects are used, this is the first main Star Wars film where Ben Burtt is not credited as Supervising Sound Designer/Sound Editor. Series veteran Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce take over these duties.
Carrie Fisher credited Miguel Ferrer for preparing her for her original audition for the role of Leia. Ferrer later became known for playing Agent Albert Rosenfeld in Twin Peaks (1990). Like Fisher, Ferrer ended up returning to that role decades later in Twin Peaks (2017), but also died before its premiere. Laura Dern appears in both Twin Peaks and The Last Jedi.
The fourth Star Wars film to be released in IMAX, being the second film in the franchise to be filmed partially in the format with more IMAX footage than The Force Awakens, but unlike the predecessor, the footage is cropped at the 2.39:1 aspect ratio.
The title of this film, "The Last Jedi," was revealed on January 23, 2017. The phrase appears in the opening crawl of "The Force Awakens," making this the first time the title of a Star Wars film appeared in an opening crawl.
The scene where Finn meets Rose was rewritten during production. Originally, Rose was very suspicious of Finn. Kelly Marie Tran's energy convinced Rian Johnson that the scene would be better if Rose admired Finn.
The water leaking from Finn's medical suit was part practical and part visual effects.
Snoke's throne room was Rian Johnson's favorite set. It was completely practical, with the exception of Snoke himself.
Features the first Star Wars soundtrack to incorporate songs from outside the Star Wars universe: "Aquarela do Brasil," better known in English as "Brazil," by Ary Barroso, and "The Long Goodbye," by John Williams and Johnny Mercer. "The Long Goodbye" was the title song from the Robert Altman film, which was written by Leigh Brackett, who wrote the original draft of the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). (In the first Star Wars film, George Lucas used "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller as a temporary track during the Mos Eisley Cantina scene, which John Williams reworked to the familiar "Cantina Band" theme.)
Second unit photography began during pre-production at Skellig Michael in Ireland on September 14, 2015, due to the difficulties of filming at that location during other seasons. It would have lasted four days, but filming was canceled for the first day due to poor weather and rough conditions.
While visiting Leia Organa in the sick bay, Finn and C-3PO are standing on apple boxes to fit them in the frame behind Poe.
After filming ended, the wrap party was held in an Irish pub. Daisy Ridley, who had worked as a bartender in London before her acting career started, stood behind the counter and served the cast and crew.
Most of the stunt doubles, particularly for the principal characters, have also worked on the Game of Thrones (2011).
Third consecutive official live-action Star Wars film (counting Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)) to film in Iceland.
The opening crawl was the very first thing Writer/Director Rian Johnson started writing. It was not finalized until the last days of post-production.
Rian Johnson's hand is used as an insert when Luke Skywalker pulls the dice off the Millennium Falcon.
A special small digital camera with a smaller sensor was used to capture the depth of field on the close-up of Paige's eye after she falls.
There is a scene were Kylo Ren's costume is being ironed by an ironing robot, and the iron is shown from below blowing steam as if it were a spaceship coming in for a landing. The spaceship made from an iron also appears in Hardware Wars, which itself was a spoof of the original Star Wars.
During the Force-connections between Kylo Ren and Rey, all of the sound was dropped out except for their voices, to isolate them.
The only non-Best Picture Oscar nominee that year to be nominated for Best Original Score.
Scenes that required shooting at Skellig Michael in Ireland were filmed during pre-production in September 2015.
With returning characters Leia, Rey, Phasma, Maz Kanata, and Lieutenant Connix, as well as newcomers Rose, Holdo, Paige, Tallie, and Commander D'Arcy, this movie features more female characters than the original Star Wars trilogy, in which the only notable female characters are Leia, Aunt Beru, and Mon Mothma.
The mirror cave was one of the earliest images that Rian Johnson had when he first landed the project.
Rose and DJ were written to serve as the angel and devil on Finn's shoulders throughout the story.
The exterior of the Jedi tree set was built on a vehicle test course at Longcross Studios.
The bridge of the Resistance ship doubled as a rehearsal space for Rian Johnson and cast after a day of shooting.
The novelization begins with a dream sequence in which Luke imagines how his life would be had he not left with Ben. In this scenario (reminiscent of the novel and movie The Last Temptation Of Christ) Luke is married to Camie, who appears in the deleted scenes with Biggs from A New Hope, living a contented life as a client farmer under the Empire. Among other details is the fact that the Empire has apparently exterminated the Tusken Raiders.
In January 2016, production of Episode VIII was delayed until February 2016, due to script rewrites. Additionally, filming was potentially in danger of being delayed further due to an upcoming strike between the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television and the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union.
The first thing Rian Johnson had to figure out was why Luke Skywalker was on the island.
The sequence in the mirror cave came about after multiple conversations with Force Awakens Production Designer Rick Carter about some of the most important aspects of Rey's character.
Kelly Marie Tran was overwhelmed by the crowd at the premiere and started to cry in gratitude to her role in the movie. Daisy Ridley comforted her during this.
Rian Johnson is a superfan of Andy Serkis' role in the movie Topsy Turvy. While on set he would constantly quote Andy's lines from that movie.
The first middle installment of a Star Wars trilogy to include a proper space battle. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) only has a few scenes of a Star Destroyer chasing the Millennium Falcon, and Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) only has a dogfight between Jango Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The Jedi Village set was built on a cantilevered platform over the edge of a cliff in southern Ireland called Sybil Head.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) received limited 15/70mm IMAX screenings in the UK and USA. It's the third time Disney's done this for the Star Wars franchise thus far: it happened with Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) originally, and then Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) (although the latter was shot on Arri Alexas employing 65mm lenses).
As of the ending of Episode VIII, of all the characters who have fought lightsaber duels in the Star Wars live-action movies, the only ones who have never been defeated onscreen are Mace Windu and Rey; all others, including powerful Force users like Yoda, Obi-Wan, Anakin, Luke, Dooku and Sidious, have been defeated at least once (although there is some debate about whether Sidious' temporary defeat by Windu was a deliberate ploy by Sidious).
When Poe Dameron says the line, "If they move...stun 'em", this may be a direct homage to Sam Peckinpah's classic 1969 western The Wild Bunch. William Holden's character Pike famously says, "If they move, kill 'em."
Sara Heller, who appears as one of the stable kids, had her first film role as Domhnall Gleeson's daughter, Posy (at age 5), in the film About Time (2013).
The Caretakers on the temple island on Ahch-To are called The Lanai and are the native inhabitants.
One of the pilots walking down the ramp of the Resistance transport is Rian Johnson's little brother.
The first teaser trailer was released at the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida on April 14, 2017.
One of the extras in the trenches on Crait, was Gary Barlow from the pop group Take That
Benicio Del Toro's character is never given a name throughout the course of the movie. However, merchandise and other sources have designated his character as "DJ." It is believed that they're a set of initials that are spoken by Del Toro's character in the movie. To be specific, DJ tells Finn "Live free, don't join."
One of the two men in the cell behind Finn and Rose is Rian Johnson's cousin, film composer Nathan Johnson.
Laura Dern has starred as Sandy Williams in David Lynch's classic thriller Blue Velvet (1986). David Lynch also directed Dune (1984) based on the science fiction fantasy novel by Frank Herbert. It had been acknowledged and speculated that Dune was one of George Lucas's influences behind the Star Wars saga and David Lynch had turned down the offer to direct Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) to direct Dune.
Carrie Fisher and Laura Dern appear together in this film. The original Star Wars was nominated for Best Picture, but lost to Annie Hall, which featured an ex-boyfriend of each actress: Paul Simon and Jeff Goldblum.
Daisy Ridley turned down the role of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider (2018) due to her commitment to Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017). In Tomb Raider (2018) Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) travels to a mythical island off the coast of Japan to find her missing father Lord Richard Croft (Dominic West). In this film, Rey (Daisy Ridley) arrives on the Temple island on Ahch-To to find Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).
Released 30 years after Mel Brooks's classic Star Wars comedy spoof Spaceballs (1987) and the Australian sci-fi film The Time Guardian (1987) which Carrie Fisher starred in as the character Petra.
As well as Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), and despite his prominent role in the original trilogy (episodes V and VI) Lando Calrissian (played by Billy Dee Williams) never is mentioned throughout the movie.
Rian Johnson is a close follower of actor Adrian Edmondson's career. Every day on set he was trying not to quote lines from his favorite roles.
Laura Dern & Justin Theroux previously appeared in Inland Empire (2006) by David Lynch who was asked to direct Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) but turned it down.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tatiana Maslany, Gina Rodriguez and Olivia Cooke were on the shortlist for Rose Tico but Mbatha-Raw denied about being cast in the film.
To keep Frank Oz's return as Yoda a secret, producers excluded Oz's name in the billing for the film's pre-release marketing and ensured that Oz stayed on set during filming.
One obvious clue to the fact that the Luke that Kylo faces off against on Crait isn't real is that Luke has his lightsaber... but Rey and Kylo destroyed that during their power struggle after Snoke was killed. It no longer exists when Luke does his face-off with Kylo, a good clue to Luke's status.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi was produced by Ram Bergman. He also produced Natalie Portman's directional debut A Tale of Love and Darkness (2015). Portman played Padme Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: He plays Slowen Lo, who appears at the casino on Canto Bight.