Travel deeper into the Star Wars galaxy with exclusive bonus documentary, “The Director and the Jedi.”
Carrie Fisher and Princess Leia’s famous feistiness lives on in a new bonus features clip from the Blu-ray and digital release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
In a clip, exclusive to PEOPLE, the film’s director Rian Johnson, Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) and Fisher talk about the dynamics between the galaxy’s favorite princess and her roguish commander — in particular, one scene in which Isaac’s Dameron questions his superior.
“That first battle sequence shows his Achille heel which is that he wants to be the hero,” Johnson says.
Isaac adds his own perspective, saying no matter how much his character wanted to be a hero, his arc was more about learning to lead through calculation.
“His old heroics aren’t necessarily what are needed at this moment,” Isaac says.
“The theme of mentors runs through this whole series and to me it made a lot of sense that Leia would be that to Poe,” Johnson adds, referring to the mentor role Fisher’s Leia played in the last Star Wars film.
Fisher herself agrees, adding that Dameron reminded her of another pilot in the Star Wars universe.
“Poe is her protege and in a way, I think she thinks of him as Han,” Fisher says. “He’s very dominating and he doesn’t listen to her so we have some moments together.”
When it came to a memorable and funny scene in which Leia slaps Dameron for his foolishness, Isaac says, “That was one of the first things that we shot and I think we did 24 takes. That was very surreal to be slapped by Princess Leia repeatedly.”
Fisher also remembers the scene with fondness, saying, “There’s more feistiness this time, now that I really like. There’s Leia again.”
Fisher had completed filming her role as Leia for the new Star Wars movie months before her sudden death last December at age 60.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits digital platforms on March 13 — the Blu-Ray comes out on March 27.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi delivered on expectations, debuting with the second largest opening weekend of all-time and propelling the box office to the third largest weekend ever based on estimates. In an attempt at counter-programming, Fox’s Ferdinand got off to a bit of a slow start against the might of Star Wars as well as the continued strong performance of Pixar’s Coco as it fell below Mojo’s expectations, though the studio is optimistic when it comes to the film’s future.
With an estimated $220 million, Star Wars: The Last Jedi delivered the second largest opening weekend everbehind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which debuted with $247.9 million back in 2015. Last Jedi got off to a strong start on Thursday night with the second largest preview gross ever of $45 million and became only the second film to ever gross over $100 million on opening day resulting in the second largest opening day ever, second largest single day, second largest Friday and joins Force Awakens as the fastest films to reach $100 million.
If you felt a disturbance in the Star Wars hype on Sunday, there was a good reason: The cast of The Last Jedi came together in a secret location Sunday morning for a press conference, to talk about the making of the film and to share teases (but no spoilers — never spoilers!) about the newest chapter in the saga.
Most of the space opera’s large cast joined director Rian Johnson on the stage, including returning Force Awakens stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domnhall Gleeson, and Gwendoline Christie; new Last Jedi additions Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran; and, of course, Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill. Unfortunately, there were no porgs in attendance.
EW’s Anthony Breznican moderated the press conference. Read on for our live rundown of the event. (All times are Pacific.)
10:13 a.m. The entire cast took the stage flanked by the Praetorian guard, and Breznican kicked things off by asking how the the second chapter of the third Star Wars trilogy feels different from The Force Awakens. “It’s the second movie in the trilogy, and I think we’ve been kind of trained to expect it will be a little darker, and obviously it looks a little darker,” Johnson said. “I loved the tone of the original films and also that [director J.J. Abrams] captured in The Force Awakens … First and foremost, we were trying to make it feel like a Star Wars movie” — which means, he promised, that the film will have “the intensity, and the opera” we’ve come to expect as well as the “key ingredient” that The Last Jedi will make you want to run to you backyard and play with your toy lightsaber.
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They were separated almost from the moment of birth.
Luke and Leia, the children of Darth Vader, had to be hidden from their father. But they were also hidden from each other.
Fate brought them back together again, but they only discovered this family tie at the end of Return of the Jedi. Fans of Star Wars have never witnessed the dynamics of their relationship as brother and sister.
Although they are pictured together on EW’s cover, one of the questions of The Last Jediis whether Luke and Leia will find each other again within the story.
“Luke longs to have that extended family that he established in the original trilogy, but now he’s at a place in his life and in his history where he’s shunned all of that,” Mark Hamill says. “The big question is why didn’t he respond to Leia during [The Force Awakens]? There’s a lot of things you can’t answer until you see this movie.”
Carrie Fisher’s unexpected death last year makes The Last Jedi even more poignant, since her performance inevitably marks the last of Leia — at least on screen. Lucasfilm has said they will not be recreating her to resolve the princess-turned-general’s storyline.
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Luke Skywalker quietly walks aboard the Millennium Falcon, alone. His old friends are gone. His old life is gone. He is ghostlike himself.
The old Luke Skywalker is gone, too.
That’s a scene from the latest trailer for The Last Jedi , but in real life, visiting the set of the old Corellian freighter was a similarly haunting experience for Mark Hamill.
“I’m telling you, I didn’t expect to have the reaction I had,” the 66-year-old actor tells EW. “I was there with my family, with [my children] Nathan and Griffin and Chelsea and my wife Marilou, and [Lucasfilm] asked if the documentary crew could be there when I came back on the Millennium Falcon. I mean, this was not on the shooting day. I was just street clothes and going to visit that set. And I said, ‘Sure.’”