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Synopsis: Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order.

Reaction: I have some specific issues not with what they're doing with Star Wars or Jedi lore, but with story telling techniques in particular. They don't sufficiently justify keeping their plans secret from PoE. The entire digression to the casino planet should have either been cut completely or much more important. But when I look past those, there's still plenty here to enjoy.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Rian Johnson => Director / Writer
John Williams => Composer
Adam Driver => Kylo Ren
Andrew Jack => General Ematt
Andy Serkis => Snoke
Anthony Daniels => C-3PO
Benicio Del Toro => DJ
Carrie Fisher => Leia Organa
Chelsea Hamill => Koo Millham (uncredited)
Daisy Ridley => Rey
Danny Sapani => Medical Frigate Captain
Domhnall Gleeson => General Hux
Edgar Wright => Resistance Trooper (uncredited)
Frank Oz => Yoda (voice)
Gareth Edwards => Resistance Trench Soldier
Griffin Hamill => Salaka Kuchimba (uncredited)
Gwendoline Christie => Captain Phasma
Hermione Corfield => A-Wing Pilot Tallie
Jimmy Vee => R2-D2
Joe Cornish => Resistance Trooper (uncredited)
John Boyega => Finn
Joonas Suotamo => Chewbacca
Joseph Gordon-Levitt => Slowen Lo (voice)
Justin Theroux => Master Codebreaker
Kate Dickie => Hux's First Order Monitor
Kelly Marie Tran => Rose Tico
Kiran Shah => Neepers Panpick
Laura Dern => Vice Admiral Holdo
Liang Yang => Praetorian Guard (uncredited)
Lupita Nyong'o => Maz Kanata
Mark Hamill => Dobbu Scay / Luke Skywalker
Mike Quinn => Nien Nunb
Nathan Hamill => Saile Minnau (uncredited)
Noah Segan => X-Wing Pilot Starck
Oscar Isaac => Poe Dameron
Paul Kasey => C'ai Threnalli
Ralph Ineson => Senior First Order Officer
Tim Rose => Admiral Ackbar
Tom Kane => Admiral Ackbar (voice)
Warwick Davis => Wodibin

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Joaquin Phoenix turned down the role that eventually went to Benicio Del Toro.
  • Luke Skywalker bears a strong 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 64, while Sir Alec Guinness was 63 when he was first cast as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
  • Luke Skywalker blowing the walls apart in the hut when he sees Kylo Ren and Rey Force-connecting was a practical effect. It was achieved with fake bricks on wires.
  • Rian Johnson brought Frank Oz into the editing room for guidance about editing scenes with a puppet.
  • 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.
  • With the passing of Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels is now the only remaining actor to appear in all the official Star Wars films.
  • I changed my hair was a line that Carrie Fisher ad-libbed herself.
  • Daisy Ridley took her father to the set in Ireland, where the ending scene of Star Wars: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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." 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.
  • 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.
  • It was Frank Oz's idea to reveal Yoda through silhouette.