Star Wars: The Last Jedi Director Rian Johnson Teases Opening Crawl in New Still
After yesterday's reveal that Star Wars: Episode VIII is officially titled Star Wars: The Last Jedi, fans instantly started speculating about what the title meant, why the logo was red, whether it was singular or plural - okay, by fans, we mean us.
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Now writer-director Rian Johnson is getting in on the tease fun, with a new image from the edit bay that will surely excite Star Wars fans. While it's nothing but the title (for now), it is the very opening shot of the film, after the fanfare blares, as the opening crawl begins to roll.
For Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney and Lucasfilm were notoriously close-to-the-vest and secretive, trickling out only the tiniest bits of information almost all the way up to release. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, aside from holding back the title, went for the most part the opposite route. Rian Johnson regularly shared images on social media from the set, with vehicles like the A-wing making an appearance, more Maz Kanata motion capture, and even the first shot he made of the film - a shot that mirrors the final scene of The Force Awakens. That's because this movie will make history as the first Star Wars to pick up literally at the moment the last one left off.
Now, Johnson and his editing team are in the edit bay, continuing to work on the cut, as John Williams continues the score and ILM continue the effects. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is coming to life.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi, from writer/director Rian Johnson, is in post-production now for a December 15, 2017 release. The film follows-up and continues the story of the next generation of the saga as Rey, Poe, Finn, and Kylo Ren find their place in the galaxy and follow the legacy of Luke Skywalker, Leia, and Han Solo. Daisy Ridley returns to star as Rey, with other returning stars John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Mayhew, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Lupita Nyong'o Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa. Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern join the cast in as-yet-unrevealed roles.