This Star Wars The Last Jedi post is part of my coverage of the #TheLastJediEvent I attended on behalf of Disney. This post is sponsored, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Huge thanks to Disney for the photos.
About Star Wars The Last Jedi
As part of The Last Jedi Event in LA, I had the opportunity to attend the Star Wars The Last Jedi press conference with the entire cast of the movie!
It was fun to hear them all talk about their experiences working on the film (and to see them all in person). I enjoyed the entire interview and can’t wait to see the movie!
The press conference was moderated by Anthony Breznican who writes about Star Wars for Entertainment Weekly and he was a great moderator!
Check out the cast members he had on stage with him for the Star Wars The Last Jedi press conference:
- Rian Johnson – writer & director
- Mark Hamill – Luke Skywalker
- Daisy Ridley – Rey
- Adam Driver – Kylo Ren
- Oscar Isaac – Poe Dameron
- John Boyega – Finn
- Kelly Marie Tran – Rose Tico
- Laura Dern – Admiral Holdo
- Domhnall Gleeson – General Hux
- Gwendoline Christie – Captain Phasma
- Andy Serkis – Supreme Leader Snoke
Check out of my favorite questions from the Star Wars The Last Jedi press conference!
1. How does The Last Jedi feel different from The Force Awakens?
John Boyega – “I just think the story’s moving forward. It’s a time when everyone has their own specific reckoning. I’ve only watched it once and the first thing is that I want to watch it again because of the amount of information and Easter eggs in there as well.”
Oscar Isaac – “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.”
Andy Serkis – “I just was so caught up with it, not least because it was really intimate and very emotional and I wasn’t expecting that at all.”
Gwendoline Christie – “There is something about this film and I think it’s because the world that we live in is a changing and evolving place, that it retains the simplicity of those elements, but it really resonates with what it is to follow your own human dark narcissistic tendencies, where that will take you, and I love that, and it’s done so beautifully aesthetically too.”
And Mark Hamill promised us that his role in The Last Jedi is twice as big as it was in The Force Awakens.
2. Is there any part of you that geeks out a little bit when you start working on a Star Wars film?
Laura Dern – “Every part.”
Kelly Marie Tran – “Every part. I’m trying not to cry right now ‘cause this is so weird and different.”
Kelly Marie Tran also added one of my favorite comments from the press conference when she said, “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…”
3. What is the relationship like between Hux and Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi?
Adam Driver – “I think it’s definitely there’s a competition and it’s maybe yet to be discovered where that comes from.”
Domhnall Gleeson – “I think it’s funny, you know, like there’s just such a huge amount of drama going on in that group of people […] is really fun to see them kind of really hurt each other from the inside as well as from the outside, you know, the united front thing is difficult for them sometimes.”
4. There are many more female characters in Star Wars The Last Jedi, what does that mean to you?
Daisy Ridley – “I knew it was a big deal, but the response was so beyond anything I could have imagined, that I’m still like – it was only afterwards I was like, oh, oh yeah.”
Kelly Marie Tran – “I think that it feels like both an honor and a responsibility at the same time.”
Laura Dern – “I was moved by the fact that he (director Rian Johnson) really wanted her strength to first lead with a very deep femininity and to see a powerful female character also be feminine is something that moves away from a stereotype that’s sometimes perceived in strong female characters must be like the boys.”
Gwendoline Christie – “You get to see women that are not being strong just because they’re acting like men. They’re doing something else.”
5. What role did Leia play in your life as a young Star Wars fan?
Gwendoline Christie – “She doesn’t look the same as a sort of homogenized presentation of a woman that we had been used to seeing. So that was really instrumental to me as someone that didn’t feel like they fitted that homogenized view of what a woman was supposed to be, that there was inspiration there, that you could be an individual and celebrate yourself and be successful without giving yourself over, without necessarily making some sort of terrible, huge compromise.”
Laura Dern – “They would be without shame, and that’s what moved me the most about the icon she gave us, but also what she gave us individually and personally which is to Carrie, who she was so directly and to be without shame, and to share her story, and to expect nothing less from any of us.”
Kelly Marie Tran – “I think that something about Carrie that I really look up to is, and something I didn’t realize until recently, was just how much courage it takes to truly be yourself when you’re on a public platform or when possibly a lot of people will be looking at you, and you she was so unapologetic and so openly herself and that is something that I am really trying to do, and it’s hard.”
6. Do we continue to see the story through the eyes of the droids or are they just passengers on this adventure?
Rian Johnson – “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.”
Daisy Ridley – “I think you really follow the story ‘cause you’re with every character, like everything you need to see is happening on screen, you’re not seeing things happen off screen, that have happened off screen, so people asking questions on screen, they’re getting answers on screen, they’re having their adventure on screen, so you’re with everyone every step of the way.”
7. The death of Han Solo is a huge moment in The Force Awakens, how impactful is it on the characters who knew him in previous films?
John Boyega – “I think we’re just keeping it moving, to be honest with you, man. It’s true, the pressure’s on man, you know, there’s no time.”
Oscar Isaac – “You know, it’s a dire situation, it’s critical. The resistance is on its last legs. You know, they’re trying to survive.”
Daisy Ridley – “Rey, as a character has been alone for a really long time and she’s really open to like love and friendship, so Finn and BB-8 come along and it’s like this amazing adventure. And then Han, like without trying to, she seeks something from him because there’s an intimacy and there’s a sort of figure of something she’s never dreamed of for her, that gets, you know, snatched away, and she’s understanding everything’s new to her, so she’s understanding things in a different way”
8. What is it that we will be walking away learning from The Last Jedi?
Adam Driver – “I think that’s a personal kind of thing, for probably some it will be nothing, for others. […] What is rewarding about it is realizing that you all are having a different experience but at the same time the same experience.”
Rian Johnson – “You know, I think these movies to some extent are always about […] the transition from childhood into adulthood, and finding your place in the world, and you have these new powers that you’re feeling inside yourself for the first time, you don’t know what to do with them, you don’t know who it is you’re going to get help from, who’s going to be unreliable, who’s not.”
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI hits theatres everywhere December 15th!
- Like STAR WARS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/starwarsmovies/
- Follow STAR WARS on Twitter: https://twitter.com/starwars
- Follow STAR WARS on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/StarWarsMovies/
- Follow STAR WARS on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/starwars
- Visit the official STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI website: http://www.starwars.com/films/star-wars-episode-viii-the-last-jedi
While you wait to see STAR WARS The Last Jedi, check out all of our Star Wars coverage!