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'Last Jedi' cast reveals tidbits about next 'Star Wars' film

Rick Bentley, Tribune News Service on

Published in Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES -- Director Rian Johnson ("Looper") and 10 members of the cast of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" -- Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran -- face a small army to journalists to discuss the latest film in the galactic franchise.

There are only two small problems. The cast has been sworn to secrecy, so beyond admitting they are part of the movie, very little information can be shared. And, the members of the media can't ask about details as they have not been shown the movie.

But, there are times when a lot can be said without saying anything. Add that to the tiny tidbits revealed and there are a few things that are known about "The Last Jedi." Don't worry. None of this information is big enough to fall under the header of being a spoiler.

Here are 15 things revealed about "The Last Jedi."

1. Look for the familiar rolling introduction. Laura Dern, who plays the new character of Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, says as soon as the cast saw the familiar opening for the "Star Wars" movie when they got to see the final print, everyone got excited.

2. The film continues to add strong female characters. Along with Dern's role as the new leader of the Resistance, Tran will play the role of Rose Tico. The first film gained great praise for having Ridley's character of Rey as the central hero.

 

"I knew it was a big deal, but the response was so beyond anything I could imagine. It was so monumental, the response and how people felt about it," Ridley says.

3. The increase in strong females doesn't phase one character. Serkis, who plays Supreme Leader Snoke, jokes that as the leader of the First Order, "Snoke is very unimpressed with the huge female force that seems to be growing in the universe."

4. Mark Hamill is back as Luke Skywalker. How much Luke gets involved with the up-and-coming Jedi in Rey (Ridley) is a mystery.

"We are assuming that I train Rey. I have to be very careful. People say 'was it difficult to pick up and weld a lightsaber again?' And, I go 'Do I?'"

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