New 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Photos Show Off the First Order, Canto Bight, and Weird Aliens
Considering how long we've all been waiting for The Last Jedi, it feels odd that this movie isn't actually here yet. Episode VIII is already a huge part of modern Star Wars fandom: we've all embraced porgs to one degree or other, we're familiar with new characters like Kellie May Tran's Rose, and we know a lot about the new locations, like Canto Bight and Crait.
It's a very different situation from the release of The Force Awakens, where most audiences went in blind, not knowing what to expect. This time around, Lucasfilm has been drip-feeding new designs and characters so regularly that the only thing that's actually missing is the movie itself. Case in point: a new batch of photos that show off some of the big things we'll be seeing in The Last Jedi.
One thing we know about The Last Jedi is that our heroes from The Force Awakens will all be split up as they go on separate missions. Rey's job is fairly clear—she's got to go learn the ways of the Force while convincing Luke Skywalker to end the obligatory period in a Jedi Master's development where they wallow in self-imposed exile for a while.
What's more interesting, though, is what Finn will be getting up to, alongside newcomer Rose, played by Kellie May Tran. The pair are heading to Canto Bight, a luxury gambling planet, and this new photo of the pair squaring off among betting tables suggests that they're not going to see eye-to-eye the whole time.
The design and feel of Canto Bight is very interesting in and of itself. While the prequel trilogy focused primarily on the lives of the rich and powerful in the Star Wars universe, the creatures and costumes of Canto Bight seem to be going in a very different direction, with more muted, understated outfits befitting a black tie gala, rather than the bright, colorful Coruscant that played out on a backdrop of Blade Runner-esque neon lights.
This isn't to say that Canto Bight doesn't come with some prequel flavor—the exterior shot of the casino that Finn and Rose find themselves in looks very much like it would fit in perfectly on the Coruscant skyline.
Porgs are no doubt going to be the big new cutesy critter in The Last Jedi, but it's worth not overlooking the "caretaker" species on Luke's exile planet. It seems that Luke has failed at the first hurdle of isolated hermitage, and has ended up on a planet that's teaming with intelligent life to keep him company.
Either way, we can assume that this movie will continue the kind of design style we saw in The Last Jedi, with creatures that are more shades of brown and grey, rather than the brighter, more varied designs we got in The Phantom Menace. Gungans aside, there's not really anything wrong with a lot of the aliens in the Star Wars prequels, but Disney is definitely going for a grubbier vibe nonetheless.
Star Wars News (@starwarsVIII8) September 20, 2017
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