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Star Wars news: The Last Jedi takes us behind the scenes, Rian Johnson talks new trilogy and more

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The Force is strong with your latest Star Wars news roundup – with just one week to go until the release of The Last Jedi, here's what's been making the headlines across the galaxy.

The Last Jedi training featurette

One simply does not become a Jedi overnight, as this behind-the-scenes sneak peek proves. Watch as star Daisy Ridley practices her lightsaber moves in preparation for her return as Rey, with additional contributions from director Rian Johnson, Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma) and John Boyega (Finn).


Rian Johnson discusses his brand new Star Wars trilogy

In case you hadn't heard, The Last Jedi director has been entrusted by Disney and Lucasfilm with the development of an all-new Star Wars saga. We're all intrigued to see what intergalactic offshoots are potentially in development, and as if on cue, Johnson has himself been dropping a few breadcrumbs.

Fans are hungry for a big screen continuation of many popular franchise spin-offs, including the enormously successful video game series Knights of the Old Republic that began in 2003. Taking place thousands of years before the events of the original movies, they proved hugely popular with fans. Johnson himself confesses he's in the same camp.

"Oh, they love Knights of the Old Republic," he tells Mashable. "I played that game when it first came out and it was like, god, I loved it. Yeah, that’s a fantastic game. And I understand it, the instinct to automatically go to something that you know and love, that you’ve already seen."

But don't get your hopes up. It seems Old Republic is destined to remain on consoles for now, as Johnson outlines his desire to move the Star Wars franchise forward, rather than looking back: "To me... what’s really fun is the notion of what new stuff are we gonna see, what new stories can we tell?"

Discover why Rian Johnson is the perfect person to develop a new Star Wars trilogy.


Carrie Fisher remembered by The Last Jedi cast

Amidst the flurry of celebrity farewells in 2016, the death of Star Wars legend Carrie hit us especially hard. She's set to play a prominent role in The Last Jedi, but that may not be the end of her story, as Mark Hamill hinted to USA Today.

"I know they're going to try and find a way to close her story in [Episode 9] that gives her the respect she deserves," he explains, "because [Han Solo] was more prominent in 7, Luke's a little more prominent in 8, and certainly Leia was meant to be more prominent in 9."

Whilst the exact nature of Fisher's role in that movie remains to be seen, several members of The Last Jedi's ensemble have been paying moving tribute to the star forever immortalised as Princess Leia.

Says Games of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie (via Syfy.com): "She's really interesting, she's really smart, she's really funny, she's courageous, she's bold, she doesn't care what people think, and she isn't prepared to be told what to do. And she doesn't look the same as a sort of homogenized presentation of a woman that we had been used to seeing. So what was really instrumental to me, as someone who didn't feel like they fit in that homogenized view of what a woman was supposed to be, that there was inspiration there – that you could be an individual and celebrate yourself and be successful without giving yourself over, without necessarily making some sort of terrible, huge compromise."

Laura Dern, who plays new character Vice Admiral Holdo, also compliments Fisher's unique screen presence and standing within the Star Wars mythology: "What she gave us individually and personally... is to carry who she was so directly, and to be without shame and to share her story and to expect nothing less from any of us. And the privilege of watching how [The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson] has so beautifully captured all of that, and her grace, in this amazing, beautiful, pure performance."

And Kelly Marie Tran, making her debut as resistance fighter Rose, also confesses to being starstruck: "Something about Carrie that I really look up to is something I didn't realize until recently – just how much courage it takes to truly be yourself when you're on a public platform. She was so unapologetic, and so openly herself, and that is something that I am really trying to do, and it's hard... I think that she will always be an icon as Leia, but also as Carrie. What an example, and I am so fortunate to have met her, and I think that she will really live on forever."

The actor's passing perhaps had the deepest impact on Daisy Ridley, the star entrusted with the continuation of the legacy that Carrie Fisher helped inaugurate back in 1977. Ridley believes said legacy lives on in Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, herself having starred in the likes of American Horror Story: "Carrie's daughter, Billie, has, I think, all of those qualities. She's smart and funny and shameless and wonderful. ... I think Carrie bringing up a daughter who has all of those qualities and then some in this world, if that's what she did just being herself, I think it speaks volumes to what she did as her in the spotlight and also her as Leia."

Check out our 10 greatest Carrie Fisher moments.


Andy Serkis on Supreme Leader Snoke

He was little more than a hologram (albeit a thoroughly terrifying one) in The Force Awakens, but in The Last Jedi the First Order's mysterious overseer is poised to step out of the shadows. It seems the diabolical Snoke, in tandem with the vicious Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), has dark designs on Rey, who is herself grappling with both the light and dark sides of the Force.

Actor Andy Serkis has been discussing Snoke's tortured, mysterious origins on Reddit – when asked if the character is more powerful than either Darth Vader or the Emperor, he replied, "Oh, without question... He has unlimited resources, let's put it that way".

We dread to think what those "resources" might be – speculation rages as to the possible nature of Project Resurrection – but Serkis nevertheless stresses Snoke's vulnerabilities: "There's a frailty and a damage to Snoke. His face is cleaved in, scars across his mouth, contorted body. But without giving too much away, he is strong. He is the dark end of the Force. He's the leader of the First Order, but he has his own agenda. He's a cruel manipulator."

Read our four theories on Snoke's Project Resurrection.


Tommy Wiseau wants to make a Star Wars movie

He became a cult movie legend for his notoriously awful directorial debut The Room, and now eccentric auteur Wiseau is the talk of Tinseltown off the back of James Franco's new biopic, The Disaster Artist. With Franco's film generating much acclaim it was perhaps inevitable that Wiseau and the subject of Star Wars would be broached – fortunately, the inscrutable director didn't disappoint, putting out the following tweet.

"You're tearing me apart, Chewie!" What do you make of the news? Tweet us your thoughts @Cineworld.

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