It’s time for the Jedi….to end?! This Friday sees the widely anticipated release of Episode VIII in the Star Wars saga entitled The Last Jedi. This will be the 3rd Star Wars film to be released since the property was bought by Disney back in 2012. The film will be directed by Rian Johnson and will see the continuation of the journeys of our favorite characters old and new!
Following the events of The Force Awakens, Rey begins her Jedi training under legendary Jedi knight Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled about Rey’s immense strength with the Force. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to continue the fight against the First Order, which is led by Kylo Ren, General Hux, and the mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke.
Cast members returning to previous roles include Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, Domhall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, along with original trilogy members Anthony Daniels as C-3P0, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, and the last film appearance of the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa. New members to the Star Wars cast are Benicio Del Toro, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, and Jimmy Lee taking over for the late Kenny Baker as R2-D2.
Critical reception going into one of the biggest releases of the year have been widely positive, stating that this is one of the best Star Wars movies yet, as well as praise for Rain Johnson’s directing on the film, leading to more excitement for the future trilogy of films he is making set in the Star Wars world. The Force is very strong with this movie, and this weekend we shall feel the force flow through us!