The galaxy far, far away of the Star Wars franchise is a wide and vast place with seemingly no end in sight. Through all the various mediums (films, TV shows, novels, etc.), fans have discovered a bevy of new worlds, many of which have become part of the pop culture zeitgeist. For the movies, the filmmakers make a concentrated effort to depict different planets to illustrate the universe's grand scope. In last year's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, viewers saw tropical locale Scarif and the moon of Jedha (among others), helping expand the galaxy in interesting ways by adding more the the mythology and lore.
It stands reason to believe, then, that Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi would also have some unique planets to call its own. While Ahch-To was seen at the end of The Force Awakens, Episode VIII is going to continue the series tradition by including some worlds that are new to the canon. The latest Last Jedi rumors provide some details about what viewers can expect.
Per Making Star Wars, the plan is for there to be three main planets - the aforementioned Ahch-To (where Luke Skywalker trains Rey), a casino planet (most likely the Dubrovnik locations), and a world described as "Mars with snow on it." As one would think, that planet's surface is red like Mars, but has a layer of snow covering the ground. After The Force Awakens drew some criticism for offering updated spins on original trilogy planets (Jakku = Tatooine; Starkiller base = Hoth), it's nice to see The Last Jedi will feature locations that do not really have classic comparisons.
A majority of Making Star Wars' report covers this snowy Mars planet, with the belief being it is in the control of the First Order. The main pieces of evidence right now are a little thin, but nevertheless convincing. The interiors of the structures are supposedly similar to Starkiller base, and there was allegedly a "Snowtrooper general" on set. Ships used for this location (plausibly Bolivia) also point to this being a First Order base, though Making Star Wars notes that is just a hypothesis on their part and not something that's definitely confirmed. Hopefully, this world is featured in the Last Jedi teaser trailer, providing fans with a clearer picture of what Johnson has in store.
It will also be fascinating to see more of the mysterious casino planet and how that factors into the narrative. Little is known about Finn's mission for the Resistance this time around, so it's possible this is where he goes at the behest of General Leia Organa. Perhaps it's here he meets Kelly Marie Tran's character, an individual said to be an "information broker." Time will tell, but it's evident that the creative team wanted to showcase some fresh corners of the universe, and if they're anything like the stunning visuals of Rogue One, fans will be in for a treat.
Source: Making Star Wars
- 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