Commemorating yesterday's milestone anniversary of the Star Wars saga, Vanity Fair unleashed an amazing spread of photographs taken by the legendary Annie Liebowitz as well as some brand new details about the upcoming film.
Though Star Wars: The Last Jedi is still over six months away from hitting theaters, we've learned some more information about the film's plot, including new characters and settings never before seen in the Universe.
"It's so much different in many ways from the other episodes," the Luke Skywalker actor said in a behind the scenes video. "And yet, I think it's very satisfying in delivering what the fans want to see."
Hamill previously said that he disagreed with a lot of Johnson's choices for the direction of the new film, though he is on board and is being ever the consummate professional. But it's nice to know that he's still enjoying the story his director is telling.
Johnson made wonderful films prior to being granted the reins of this integral Star Wars story; Brick and the Brothers Bloom were wonderfully crafted and clever takes on the noir and heist genres, and Looper was an imaginative and beautifully shot scifi film.
It's encouraging to hear Hamill's comments, especially after Star Wars: The Force Awakens was criticized for rehashing the plot of the original film. Those who were worried that the next movie would follow a path already mapped by the Empire Strikes Back should rest easy.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters December 15.
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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.