Four New EW Covers Of Star Wars The Last Jedi


There are always two sides to every conflict, light and dark, good and evil. Which one is which depends on where you stand. But sometimes those sides intersect, one can cross over into the other and it’s easy to lose sight of where you want to be.

This week, Entertainment Weekly ventures into the galaxy of The Last Jedi with four covers featuring characters who may or may not be on the same side, but their destinies are entwined.

The movie, out Dec. 15, is a story of dualities, of loyalties fractured and new alliances formed. Some partnerships like the ex-Stormtrooper Finn and the Resistance mechanic Rose could inspire valor and bravery, others like the separated siblings Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa may restore hope that is dimming in each other, while the novice Force-wielder Rey and dark side acolyte Kylo Ren could end up pushing each other astray from their chosen paths, depending on who is stronger.

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New Revelations On Star Wars Creatures


The new issue of Empire comes hurtling towards a galay not so far away from yours this week, and among the many exclusives packed within, there comes word direct from Lucasfilm on what we can expect of the fast-approaching Star Wars: The Last Jedi, astonishingly only six weeks away. The latest issue carries an interview with Neal Scanlan, Oscar-winning effects genius who currently heads up the Creature Workshop for Star Wars, giving us some intriguing hints on how his work shapes the course of the Skywalker saga.

One of the tidbits Scanlan revealed to us was that Porgs – the puffin-like birds glimpsed in the trailer (which have already caused a merchandising sensation) – were at least partially related to the Caretakers, the more sentient nun-like creatures who live on the island of Ahch-To with Luke Skywalker. “With Ahch-To, it felt like the only creatures that would ever exist on this island were those indigenous to it, where very few other species and DNA would have reached them,” Scanlan explained. “So they’re an extrapolation from the porgs and have bird-like feet, but they’re a further developed race.”

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“This movie is going to really surprise people.”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi actor Andy Serkis, who plays Supreme Leader Snoke via performance-capture, told us over the phone this week that not only does the new trailer reflect Episode VIII’s darker tone, but that the “tension” in the film will move audiences.

“I thought the trailer was spectacular, and very intense. It absolutely reflects the tone and the feel of the movie,” Serkis said. “I do think this movie is going to really surprise people with its plotline and story and its tension in it.”

Serkis, whose directorial debut, Breathe, opened in limited release this weekend, went on to praise The Last Jedi’s director, Rian Johnson.

“Working with Rian, he’s again, a fine, fine director. He totally owned this world, and he’s a great actor’s director too,” Serkis said. “He’s really inspiring, I loved spending time with him on set, and I think he’s come up with an amazing movie.”

Serkis was far more tight-lipped, however, when pressed about Snoke’s relationship with Kylo Ren this time around and how Rey fits into Snoke’s sinister plans: “Oh man, that’s so confidential I can’t possibly talk about it. I’m sorry [Laughs], I would love to tell you…. All I can is you’re onto something.”

Although Rian Johnson previously said Snoke’s backstory won’t be detailed at length in The Last Jedi, Serkis confirmed that he himself has the skinny on the character’s past: “Oh yeah, absolutely I know it.”