Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson has now shared several behind the scenes photos from the movie's production. The second day of Star Wars Celebration Orlando has just begun, and the live stream of the event is proving a treasure trove for fans of the franchise. Yesterday, we got a look back at 40 years of Star Wars with members of the cast and crew coming together to share stories and photos with fans. Today, however, the focus is all on The Last Jedi, the eighth installment of the saga due out this winter.
For the panel, Johnson was joined by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and moderator Josh Gad (Beauty and the Beast). As we await the premiere of the first trailer for The Last Jedi, Johnson and Kennedy have been opening up about the next film in the franchise. Yesterday brought us our first look at the late Carrie Fisher on the set of The Last Jedi in costume, and now we have a whole bunch of new behind-the-scenes photos courtesy of Johnson and his Leica camera.
Shown on screen during the Celebration panel, the black and white photos offer a glimpse at the construction of The Last Jedi, highlighting Rey, Poe, Leia, C-3PO, Finn, Phasma, and more. Check them out in the gallery below:
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Gad ended the slideshow by jokingly asking whether the whole film was shot in black and white. While a black and white cut of the movie would be interesting, something Logan is doing for its home video release, it sadly might not work for a special-effects-heavy movie like The Last Jedi. Still, the images are beautifully captured and provide us with a taste of what to expect when the movie arrives later this year.
The images weren't the only treat from Johnson during SWCO, either. Earlier today, he surprised fans who were waiting in line for the panel by coming out to talk with them and take photos. Kennedy spoke earlier in the panel about Johnson's skill as a filmmaker, but he's clearly also a fan first and foremost. His willingness to shares photos he took and meet with fans will likely continue as we await the release of the film. As such, we may get some more unique insight and behind-the-scenes images for The Last Jedi outside of the traditional marketing for the film. Whatever emerges this weekend or beyond about The Last Jedi, we'll be sure to let you know.
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- 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