A Press Conference is always a good time. You get all of the actors and the director in one room for a total spectcle and a fun interview. First we had some special guests via the Praetorian Guard followed by Actors Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, and director Rian Johnson in one giant room together. So let’s get straight to some Fun Facts!
Chapter Two in a Trilogy
The beginning of the press conference was basically chatting about where this falls in the Star Wars universe and Oscar Isaac summed it up perfectly, “Yeah, I think the thing as well is that often with the second chapter in a story of three, because the first one kind of sets the tone and the world and the new characters, introduced them, in the second one you don’t have to spend so much time doing that, you can really just delve into the story, into what’s happening, like John said, to the conflict of each of the characters. I think what Rian’s done so incredibly well is that he’s challenged deeply every single character, including the droids, you know, with like the biggest challenges they’ve ever faced, and that’s how you’re able to really get to learn about them, on all sides of the spectrum, from light to dark. You know, it’s like he’s found a way to get to the central point of that character and try to challenge them as best as he can. I think it’s really amazing what he’s done.”
“The Purple Haired Wonder”
Not much is known about Laura Dern’s character except her name: Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, and the fact that she has purple hair. Rian Johnson stated, “Yeah, Holdo, I mean, Laura, I’ve been wanting to, you know, it’s a dream just to get to work with her. And the character that she plays in all of its glorious purple-haired wonder, we were really able to dig in and do some really exciting, fun stuff. And Laura, I know that like the moments on set where like suddenly you would like catch my eye and you would say, this feels like we’re making an independent film, like those were the moments that I was like, yeah, it kind of does, and I think that feels really good and that kind of intimacy of the process, I think. I don’t know. If Laura Dern’s telling you that, then you might be on the right track.”
I love the fact they have all said how filming was intimate. I’m hoping that translates to the screen as well.
An Emotional Moment From A Self proclaimed Star Wars Geek
I’m OBSESSED with Kelly Marie Tran. We had interviewed her and she was emotional during that and was a complete doll. She’s a new face to the Star Wars universe and to acting as well and what I love about her is that she is genuine and humble. During the press conference she had a moment talking about filming and said, “Every part. I’m trying not to cry right now ‘cause this is so weird and different. Yeah, I feel like Rian has said this before but it definitely feels like you have to find a way to just do the work and kind of block everything out, but then C-3PO comes up and you’re like oh god. So you’re constantly figuring out how can I figure out how to work in this environment and then you’re like, but also this is awesome. So it’s kind of a balance, right?”
Mark Hammil Being Sneaky about Spoilers
I love any time Mark Hammil speaks. He is the master of keeping secrets and will not spoil it for anyone. The moderator was asking him about training Rey and he goes, “Well, you’re assuming that I train Rey. I have to be really careful. People say, was it difficult to pick up and wield a light saber again, and I go, do I pick up a light saber?”
Will the Droids Just Be Passengers or have their own roles
I told you guys about meeting BB-9E and BB-8 and the Global Press Event and everyone is wondering just what roles the droids will have in The Last Jedi. Will they have their own purpose or are they just passengers? Director Rian Johnson summed it up perfectly, “It’s different, and it was different in The Force Awakens, it’s different in this also. We don’t quite have so much the hidden fortress, kind of worm’s eye view of the story that we started with in those movies. And with this, yeah, different story, had different needs, and so we are much more kind of with our leads the whole time.”
Hopefully, you guys are as excited as I am about The Last Jedi as I am! I already have my tickets!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
“In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.” The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin are the executive producers. Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in U.S. theaters on December 15, 2017.