Star Wars: The Last Jedi - New Casino Planet Details Revealed

The Star Wars saga is full of diverse characters, creatures, technology, and environments, a trend that will continue with The Last Jedi. In a new interview with Vanity Fair, writer/director Rian Johnson revealed details about a brand-new planet that our characters will visit, named "Canto Bight," which the director compares to a "Monte Carlo" aesthetic.

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Johnson created the planet himself, which he describes as "a Star Wars Monte Carlo–type environment, a little James Bond–ish, a little To Catch a Thief." He added, "It was an interesting challenge, portraying luxury and wealth in this universe."

Compared to all of the desolate and uninhabitable environments of the saga, Johnson wanted to see something not quite explored in the films, revealing, "I was thinking, O.K., let’s go ultra-glamour. Let’s create a playground, basically, for rich a**holes."

Another reason the director wanted to incorporate this environment was to change the film's tone, as most of Last Jedi will be dark and full of gravitas.

Much like visiting the Mos Eisley Cantina or Maz Kanata's castle gave audiences a look at the bizarre creatures in the universe, a visit to Canto Bight will serve the same purpose.

Johnson detailed, “I didn’t want this to be a dirge, a heavy-osity movie.” He added, “So one thing I’ve tried really hard to do is keep the humor in there, to maintain the feeling, amid all the heavy operatic moments, that you’re on a fun ride.”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the second film in the new Star Wars sequel trilogy that began with Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015. The film will deal with Luke training Rey to become a, and possibly the last, Jedi. Meanwhile, the Resistance, including Poe Dameron and First Order defector Finn, continues to fight against the First Order, led by General Hux, while Supreme Leader Snoke and his Dark Side follower Kylo Ren continue their mysterious plot.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran.

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