Newly released concept art from Star Wars: The Last Jedi showcases some of the film's biggest moments, including Yoda's return and Luke Skywalker's last stand on Crait. In their Disney era, Lucasfilm has become renowned for their secrecy, as the filmmakers work diligently to preserve major surprises for the premiere. The studio withholds big spoilers at any opportunity, including official publications released in conjunction with the films. Even though Han Solo died in The Force Awakens, concept art of that fateful scene wasn't revealed until The Art of The Last Jedi hit shelves last December. This was a conscious choice to honor the theatrical experience.
Likewise, several key moments of Episode VIII, like Kylo Ren confronting his uncle and Yoda's final lesson to Luke, were absent from the aforementioned book, as Lucasfilm decided to hold them off for another day. Most likely, these pieces will be included in the inevitable Art of Episode IX book, but some of them have now been unveiled in the countdown to The Last Jedi's Blu-ray release.
Coming to us courtesy of io9, there are seven new conceptual images from Episode VIII. In addition to Yoda and Luke's scenes, Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo's daring takeout of the Supremacy is also represented. Check out the pictures in the gallery below.
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It's always interesting to look at concept art from franchise films like Star Wars, since they typically provide insight into the developmental process. Often times, pictures depict alternate looks for characters or give fans a taste of deleted scenes or ideas. For instance, The Art of The Last Jedi includes a section that details Finn and Rose changing into formal wear during their mission to Canto Bight - something that was obviously scrapped for the finished film. In the case of these particular drawings, they more or less match up with how Episode VIII turned out, with only minor differences between them and the movie. On Crait, Luke appears to be wearing his white ceremonial Jedi robes as opposed to his darker costume.
One notable sequence that's missing is the famous throne room scene, where Kylo Ren killed Supreme Leader Snoke and then fought the praetorian guards alongside Rey. There's undoubtedly interest in seeing concept art from that part of Episode VIII, but fans will have to wait for another time. Perhaps it's being saved for the Star Wars 9 art book, which would be fitting sine Kylo's actions in the throne room helped set the stage for him to become the sequel trilogy's big bad. Learning more about that shocking twist would make for a solid prelude to Episode IX concept art.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019