It has now been confirmed Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson will attend this weekend's D23 expo. With Lucasfilm forgoing the opportunity to have a Hall H presentation at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, D23 represents the last high-profile event of the summer for the studio to promote their upcoming slate of films. All eyes in the galaxy far, far away are following the development of the young Han Solo spinoff following the last-minute director shakeup and are curious to see if the standalone will be part of the live-action film panel. In the meantime, it does look like fans will receive some updates on Episode VIII.
With just five months until the movie's premiere (as of this writing), it's no surprise there should be a big Last Jedi push at the convention. Previously, it was reported there would be an Episode VIII behind-the-scenes sizzle reel at D23 (similar to the ones for The Force Awakens and Rogue One in past years), but there could be some more in store. The man who called the shots on the highly-anticipated sequel will take to the stage, just like he did at Celebration Orlando back in April.
Responding to a fan question on Twitter, Johnson said he will be going to D23. While he didn't reveal anything beyond that, it's safe to assume he will come out during Lucasfilm's portion of the live-action film presentation to discuss The Last Jedi and share some goodies with attendees. You can check out his post below:
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) July 10, 2017
Despite claims a new Episode VIII trailer had been classified, it seems like there will not be a new theatrical preview debuting this summer. The behind-the-scenes featurette is presumably the only footage people will see from D23, so viewers will wonder what else Lucasfilm will bring. It wouldn't be out of the question if they unveiled some new stills from the movie, or perhaps an exclusive poster. Many will also be hoping for minor plot details to get a better idea of what the story entails. Obviously, Johnson isn't going to spoil anything, but Celebration did provide a number of juicy tidbits regarding character dynamics and the state of the galaxy. In lieu of an actual teaser, more information like that would be nice to hear.
In contrast to several Star Wars films, The Last Jedi has made its way through production without hitting any stumbling blocks. Johnson is on track to complete post-production in August, four months before the final film reaches theaters. His experience with Lucasfilm looks to be one of the most gratifying and creative of his entire career, so there's a lot to be excited about. After being hit with some bad publicity following the Han Solo fiasco, the studio will definitely be ramping up anticipation for Episode VIII, which many fans remain very optimistic about.
Source: Rian Johnson
- 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