We’re less than two weeks from the opening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, so we can expect a lot more buzz about that movie and more from the franchise in the coming days. Here’s the latest:
Daisy Ridley done after Episode IX?
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Daisy Ridley was misquoted as hinting that Episode IX would be the end of Rey’s story in the Star Wars franchise. “Ultimately, what I was signing on to was three films. So in my head, it’s three films. I think it will feel like the right time to round it out,” she reportedly said. She has since clarified to ComicBook.com that she meant the following:
To me, Star Wars is in threes: 4-5-6; 1-2-3; 7-8-9. So, for me, that’s what I was signing onto: 7, 8, 9. So that’s really what I was answering. And I think, for now — I’m not saying forever. Obviously, Rey will always be Rey. Obviously I don’t know what happens in Episode IX, or even if I’m in it — But for now I think, to me, IX was always the end of this chapter. So, it’s not me going “I don’t want to.” It’s just that’s what I always pictured.
Surely Ridley is in the next installment after The Last Jedi, and we don’t expect her to die in it, but the actress has a point about the trilogy arcs. Perhaps we’ll see her get a solo adventure down the road, but otherwise we’ll see where her character winds up at the end of Episode IX when it’s released on December 20, 2019.
Rian Johnson talks the next trilogy:
As far as we know, the trilogy that follows Episode IX will not feature Rey nor any other characters we’ve seen before. Rian Johnson is developing a totally new thing separate from the “Skywalker Saga.” He’s since talked to Collider about how this project came about and clarifying that he was never in the mix to helm Episode IX after The Last Jedi. He told the site:
We were just generally talking about what could we do and I was like, “What would be most interesting to me is…,” and then I just said—it wasn’t even a specific pitch, the pitch was: “A new trilogy. Three movies, one story. New characters, new places. Let’s start fresh.
Watch Johnson continue discussing why he isn’t sure yet if he’ll direct all three parts of this trilogy and where he’s at in figuring out the story in the video below.
Rian Johnson talks The Last Jedi deleted scenes:
Johnson also talked to Collider about the running time of The Last Jedi and how the initial rough cut was more than three hours long. Now, it’s the best version it can be at 152 minutes, he says, so there won’t be an extended cut released. This will be his “director’s cut.” But he will share deleted scenes on home video, and he hints at how they include some great moments:
A lot of really good stuff came out in the edit. I actually just reviewed the deleted scenes we’re gonna have on the Blu-ray. There’s a bunch of—some of my favorite scenes ended up having to come out just structurally. There’s a lot of really substantial, really good scenes. There’s a couple whole sequences actually that we lifted out. It’s weirdly, and this always happens, it’s like your babies you have to kill. It’s some of my favorite stuff from the movie.
Watch the full discussion of the final cut and the deleted scenes and how they need to be seen in the video below.
New Chinese The Last Jedi trailer:
If you’re still eager to see more footage and creatures ahead of the opening of The Last Jedi, the foreign market has your fix. The new trailer for the Chinese release features bits of unseen clips here and there, including a first look at some new horse-like creatures. Watch the spot below.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens on December 15.