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The Force is Strong in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

We attended as a guest of Disney

Earlier in the month, I received an invitation to go to an undisclosed location to meet with the cast of the all-new movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The invitation was vague and all the details of the time and location would be disclosed to me the night before. I waited with anticipation before finally receiving my secret instructions on where in Los Angeles I would get the opportunity of a lifetime to meet with the cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

When I arrived at the hotel, I was directed towards a hidden escalator that would take me to the top floor. There I would check-in with security and then take my seat in the room where the cast would soon arrive. I waited anxiously with anticipation, and then the time had come when the cast would enter the room, and everyone in the audience cheered with excitement.

Asking questions about the film was a little challenging since nobody in the audience had seen the film yet. With that being said, most of the audience asked questions about what it was like filming together, being a part of a historic film, and being connected to something so important to Carrie Fisher.

Rian Johnson (Director) started out by saying thank you to all of us for coming and shared his excitement about the new film. “It’s the second movie in the trilogy, and I think we’ve been kind of trained to expect it’ll be a little darker and obviously it looks a little darker. The thing is though, for me, I loved the tone of the original films and also that J.J. captured in The Force Awakens. We were trying to make it feel like a Star Wars movie. One that makes you come out of the theater wanting to run in your backyard grab your spaceship toys and make them fly around, and that’s a key ingredient to it,” said Johnson.

Many Star Wars fans are curious about whether or not this film will feel different from The Force Awakens. John Boyega (Finn) said, “I just think the story’s moving forward. I just feel like J.J. had a blueprint, a foundation of The Force Awakens and that was pretty good. Now, moving forward with the story and challenging the characters. It’s a time which everyone has their own specific reckoning, and it’s all different.”

Oscar Isaac agreed by saying, “I think the thing as well is that often with the second chapter in a story of three, because the first one kind of sets the tone, the world, and the new characters. In the second one, you don’t have to spend so much time doing that, and you can really delve into the story.”

The new film was described best by Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma) who said, “I think the reason why it’s resonated with us all so deeply is that it’s our foundation story of good against evil, and where that balance is, and how we see elements of characters we’ve never seen before. There is something about this film, and I think it’s because the world that we live in is a changing and evolving place. It retains the simplicity of those elements, but it really resonates with what it is to follow your own human dark narcissistic tendencies, where that will take you, and I love that, and it’s done so beautifully aesthetically too.”

Some other fun facts that the cast shared about the film was that they felt like it really had the feel of an independent film but with the high tech and budget of a Star Wars film. The interview ended with the cast all sharing what it means to them to be connected to Carrie Fisher by being in this film. It was an emotional moment for everyone in the room as the cast shared beautiful sentiments of the late actress.

Don’t miss seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters on December 15th. Learn more about the film online, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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