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  • Rian Johnson was originally considered to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
  • Joaquin Phoenix turned down the role that eventually went to Benicio Del Toro.
  • Early filming took place with Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley on Skellig Michael off the coast of County Kerry, Ireland, in late September 2015. On February 15, 2016, LucasFilm posted a short production-announcement video, which included some footage and behind-the-scenes shots, and which picked up immediately after the final scene of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). Main photography was scheduled to begin in early January 2016 but was delayed a month reportedly due to script revisions, and began on February 15.
  • Director Rian Johnson was influenced by the films Twelve O'Clock High (1949) and Letter Never Sent (1960), and he arranged for screenings for the crew prior to filming.
  • The location filming in Ireland was intended to follow on from the dark Skellig ending of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). However, the weather was unseasonably good and shooting took longer than expected.
  • Director Rian Johnson stated that Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) took inspiration from the films Twelve O'Clock High (1949), Letter Never Sent (1960), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) (which earned Sir Alec Guinness an Academy Award for Best Actor) and Three Outlaw Samurai (1964).
  • The production name for Episode VIII is "Space Bear."
  • This was the first film in the series in which Kenny Baker was not involved in the portrayal of R2-D2. Jimmy Vee was given the job, shortly before Baker's death.
  • Laura Dern has starred as Sandy Williams in David Lynch's classic thriller Blue Velvet (1986). David Lynch also directed Dune (1984) based on the science fiction fantasy novel by Frank Herbert. It had been acknowledged and speculated that Dune was one of George Lucas's influences behind the Star Wars saga and David Lynch had turned down the offer to direct Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) to direct Dune.
  • Ewan McGregor expressed his interest to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in this film. Rian Johnson wanted to include him, but could not find a place in the story to naturally insert the character.
  • This is the eighth Star Wars film to be scored by John Williams.
  • In December 2015, the production team of this film and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) went to Mexico City, Mexico looking for filming locations, specifically at Iztapalapa and Tlahuac boroughs. It was later confirmed that some scenes for both films would be filmed in Mexico City, but due to some trouble with the local government the filming was cancelled.
  • Lawrence Kasdan initially wrote a story outline for the film, but was called away to work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) when problems arose with that film's initial script. When Rian Johnson signed on as director, he requested to be allowed to scrap Kasdan's story and write his own script from scratch, to which the producers consented, as Kasdan's outline no longer matched up with the finished storyline of the previous film.
  • On January 23th 2017, the title of the film was announced as Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
  • The title of this film, "The Last Jedi," was revealed on January 23, 2017. The phrase appears in the opening crawl of "The Force Awakens," making this the first time the title of a Star Wars film appeared in an opening crawl.
  • The film was released over forty years after Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and marked the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars film franchise.
  • On April 4th 2016, it was rumored Adrian Edmondson would be starring in the film.
  • When Prince William and Prince Harry visited the set of the film, they were escorted on a VIP tour of Pinewood Studios by Daisy Ridley.
  • The title of "Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi" was first published in Spain and translated to "Los ?ltimos Jedi," meaning the title is plural. In Italy too it has been translated as "Gli Ultimi Jedi" (plural)
  • The first Star Wars film which does not take place a few years after the previous film. The film is a direct continuation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and takes place shortly after Rey arrives on the island on the oceanic planet and finds Luke Skywalker and presents to him the old lightsaber that once was his and his father, Anakin before him.
  • Australian actor Mahesh Jadu turned down the role of Poe Dameron (now portrayed by Oscar Isaac) in the Star Wars saga, for his role of The Spanish Soldier in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017).
  • The "STAR WARS" logo is red for the first time (it has always been yellow). Possibly meaning that "THE LAST JEDI" is coinciding the ruby anniversary year, celebrating 40 years of the franchise since the original movie was released in 1977.
  • Footage was shown to Disney shareholders in March 2017.
  • The original release date was May 26, 2017. However, in January of 2016, the film's release was rescheduled for December 15, 2017, based on how successful Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) was releasing in December.
  • As with Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), the episode number was not included in the official marketing of the film. However, it appeared in the opening title crawl.
  • Carrie Fisher credited Miguel Ferrer for preparing her for her original audition for the role of Leia. Ferrer later became known for playing Agent Albert Rosenfeld in Twin Peaks (1990). Like Fisher, Ferrer ended up returning to that role decades later in Twin Peaks (2017), but also died before its premiere. Laura Dern appears in both Twin Peaks and The Last Jedi.
  • Some fans have noted that the titles of this film and its predecessor form a sentence. Namely, "The Force awakens the last Jedi".
  • This was the second Star Wars movie where selected sequences were filmed with IMAX cameras.
  • Hayden Christensen expressed his interest in future Star Wars films.
  • The first teaser trailer was released on April 14, 2017.
  • Kelly Marie Tran did not tell anyone she was doing the movie and lied that she was doing an indie film in Canada. At one point, she got some maple syrup to bring back to her parents so they would believe she was actually in Canada.
  • None of Carrie Fisher's scenes in the movie were cut out following her death in 2016.
  • Billie Lourd who played Lieutenant Connix is the previous film will have a bigger role in this film. Billie is also the daughter of Carrie Fisher.
  • During the trailer, there is a shot of what appears to be several books old on a shelf. We then see a shot of a gloved hand running over a faded tome with the symbol of the jedi on it. In the Force Awakens we are told Luke was searching for the first Jedi Temple. It is possible in the caves of the planet Ahch-to, he found the ancient texts of those first force users. A parallel may be drawn in real life to the Dead Sea Scrolls, the founding documents of Christianity (through which, Lucas drew inspiration for the original Star Wars) being found in caves in Israel and the Middle East
  • This was Carrie Fisher's final film; she died in December 2016.
  • Benicio Del Toro is the fifth Academy Award winner to star in a Star Wars film, after Alec Guinness, Natalie Portman, Lupita Nyong'o and Forest Whitaker.
  • Carrie Fisher was also a well-known writer, whose services were often called upon to act as script doctor for other films. She later began declining such assignments when producers would solicit her story ideas, then hire someone else to actually change the script, and use Fisher's ideas without paying her. However, director Rian Johnson revealed that Fisher helped with the writing of the script for this film.
  • Tom Hardy, who makes a cameo appearance as a storm trooper (which was deleted in the final cut and appears in the DVD version), made one of his earliest film appearances in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002). He also appeared in Black Hawk Down (2001) with Ewan McGregor. He and Mark Hamill have also both appeared in the Batman franchise. Hardy played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), while Hamill voiced the Joker in the animated series.
  • Director Rian Johnson admits that he moved Kylo Ren's facial injury. In Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey slices his face with her lightsaber, giving him a laceration that goes across the bridge of his nose. In this film, the injury has scabbed over, but is now over his right eye. Johnson says a scab over his nose did not look right. Coincidentally, the placement of the scar matches a similar injury on Anakin Skywalker, in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
  • Third Star Wars movie to take place directly after the events of the previous movie. A New Hope took place directly after the events of Rogue One - A Star Wars Story. Return of the Jedi took place directly after the events of The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Released the same day as 20th Century Fox's Ferdinand (2017), similar to how Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) released the same day as 20th Century Fox's Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015).
  • The fourth Star Wars film to be released in IMAX, being the second film in the franchise to be filmed partially in the format with more IMAX footage than The Force Awakens, but unlike the predecessor, the footage is cropped at the 2.39:1 aspect ratio.
  • Laura Dern father Bruce Dern made guest appearances on _The Fugitives (I)_. Harrison Ford appeared in the film version.
  • Tim Rose in his Admiral Ackbar look changes his iconic line "It's a trap" to "It's A Wrap" as a after filming was wrap.
  • The Aurebesh lettering on Rose Tico's Resistance coveralls reads "GLD" and "landing officer." The same words were printed on the background alien Vober Dand's clothing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), and according to the Visual Guide published for that movie, "GLD" stands for "Ground Logistics Division."
  • Billy Dee Williams doesn't appear again as Lando Calrissian. It's most likely Lando Calrissian may had been killed by The First Order prior to this film and the previous film Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
  • Between Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), Daisy Ridley had been in talks to succeed Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft in the reboot Tomb Raider (2018) but the role went to Alicia Vikander.
  • It has been rumored that after the end credits, there will be a tribute to Carrie Fisher. If so, this will be the first film in the Star Wars series to have a post credits scene.
  • Post-production for the film was officially completed in late September 2017.
  • This was the first of director Rian Johnson's films to not be scored by his cousin, Nathan Johnson.
  • With a running time of about 150 minutes, this is the longest movie of the Star Wars saga.
  • For the first time in the Star Wars franchise's 40-year history, Mark Hamill has top billing. The previous films featuring Hamill (Episodes IV-VII) have Harrison Ford billed before him.
  • With a running time of 152 minutes, this is the longest movie of the Star Wars saga. The previous record was held by Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), with 142 minutes.
  • On the final poster, all characters are placed to subtly form the pattern of Darth Vader's mask.
  • Disney shortlisted the female cast members to Gina Rodriguez, Tatiana Maslany and Olivia Cooke.
  • Tom Hardy made his film debut in Black Hawk Down (2001), opposite Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequel trilogy. He later appeared in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), a remake of a television film that had starred Alec Guinness, who played the older Kenobi. Hardy also appeared in the film Warrior (2011), in which his character's brother is played by Joel Edgerton, who played Owen Lars in the prequel films. Hardy also appeared in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), making him a veteran of both franchises.
  • Luke Skywalker bears a strong resemblance to Obi-Wan Kenobi's appearance in the original Star Wars trilogy. In fact, Mark Hamill reprised his role in 2015 at the age of 64, while Sir Alec Guinness was 63 when he was first cast as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
  • This is the second film of the franchise to have the word "Jedi" in the title of a film.
  • The first middle installment of a Star Wars trilogy to include a proper space battle. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) only has a few scenes of a Star Destroyer chasing the Millennium Falcon, and Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) only has a dogfight between Jango Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
  • In the original trilogy, Mark Hamill received top billing for all three films. In Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Harrison Ford received top billing while Hamill received second billing. Hamill received top billing once more in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).
  • It was rumoured that British Princes William and Harry filmed cameo appearances in the film as Stormtroopers. This was later confirmed by John Boyega, however whether they made the final cut has yet to be confirmed.
  • The Last Jedi is the longest Star Wars feature film to date, running for 150 minuets. The longest Star Wars film had been Episode II: Attack of the Clones, which runs for 142 minuets.
  • In late 2017, director Rian Johnson shot down Internet rumors that Billy Dee Williams would reprise his role of Lando Calrissian in this film, stating, "He's not in the film, and it was never really something that came up. I mean, I loved that character. It would have been fun to see him, but it's just not something that ever really had a place in the story."
  • This is the longest Star Wars movie in the franchises history at 2 hours 30 minutes.
  • Daisy Ridley took her father to the set in Ireland, where the ending scene of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) was about to be recreated. When her father met Mark Hamill, he asked him, "Who do you play, then?" Ridley admitted she was not sure if her father was joking.
  • According to stunt coordinator Liang Yang, the lightsaber movements Daisy Ridley performed usually take three days to learn. However, Ridley was able to learn them in only one and a half hours.
  • Director Rian Johnson revealed in an interview with the film website Collider that the first cut of the film ran over three hours.
  • The Stormtrooper armor is slightly different from the one seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). The most striking difference can be noticed on the helmet, which has sharper contours and resembles the design of the classic Stormtroopers.
  • Released 30 years after Mel Brooks's classic Star Wars comedy spoof Spaceballs (1987) and the Australian sci-fi film The Time Guardian (1987) which Carrie Fisher starred in as the character Petra.
  • After first completing the arduous 600-foot climb on Ireland's Skellig Michael island, Mark Hamill had hoped that he could avoid having to repeat the trek for additional scenes if he could somehow remain on the summit overnight, thus forfeiting the luxury of room service at his hotel. He suggested sleeping in a tent and 'staying in character.' However, after some inquiries were made with the Irish authorities, he was told by producer Kathleen Kennedy that he was not permitted to pitch a tent because the location is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • General Leia Organa's Mon Calamari cruiser bears the name "Raddus," named for the character of Admiral Raddus in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016).
  • This is the first "Star Wars" film to use a flashback structure. Previous entries had always used Force visions to allow exposition.
  • Rian Johnson's original cut of the film exceeded three hours. Reports say he cut between 45 and 60 minutes to get the film down to a more palatable run time.
  • Rian Johnson was offered the chance to direct the next film in the saga, Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) based on executive reactions to early versions of this film. Johnson turned down the offer due to the film's tight production schedule. Lucasfilm then offered him a three picture deal to create his own trilogy set in the "Star Wars" universe.
  • Pierce Gagnon, from Rian Johnson's previous movie, Looper (2012), makes an appearance in this movie. In Looper, he plays Cid, a young boy with strong telekinetic powers, and in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), he has a minor role as a child in the casino city Canto Bight who displays minor Force powers while grabbing a broom.
  • Known friend and good-luck-charm of Rian Johnson, Noah Segan, makes a cameo appearance as a soldier riding in a vehicle past the screen. Other notable roles in Johnson's previous works include Dode in Brick (2005), The Duke in The Brothers Bloom (2008), Kid Blue in Looper (2012) and an uncredited cameo in the Breaking Bad (2008) episode "Ozymandias (2013)."
  • Mark Hamill and Rian Johnson revealed at a BAFTA screening that Hamill asked to play a CG character, saying that he had done it before (He had previous done CGI work for the computer game "Star Citizen"). In the film he plays the character who puts money inside BB-8 in the Casino scenes.
  • One sound effect from the movie 2001 A Space Odyssey can be heard in the escape pod scene with Finn.
  • In keeping with a long-time series tradition, the opening shot after the text crawl shows a space vehicle flying either away from or toward the screen (in this case, several Resistance transport ships fly towards the screen).
  • Scenes that required shooting at Skellig Michael in Ireland were filmed during pre-production in September 2015.
  • Second unit photography began during pre-production at Skellig Michael in Ireland on September 14, 2015, due to the difficulties of filming at that location during other seasons. It would have lasted four days, but filming was canceled for the first day due to poor weather and rough conditions.
  • In January 2016, production of Episode VIII was delayed until February 2016, due to script rewrites. Additionally, filming was potentially in danger of being delayed further due to an upcoming strike between the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television and the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union.
  • Most of the stunt doubles, particularly for the principal characters, have also worked on the Game of Thrones (2011).
  • After the breakthrough CGI that was displayed in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) for recreating long gone actors, the filmmakers of this film saw fit to issue statements ahead of release, shutting down any speculations (or worries) on the possibility of such a technology being used for the late Carrie Fisher. In short, all her scenes (barring the stunts) are categorically hers, including the dialogue.
  • Third consecutive official live-action Star Wars film (counting Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)) to film in Iceland.
  • Production designer Rick Heinrichs said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that the original screenplay by writer-director Rian Johnson was so ambitious that it had double the number of sets you might expect on a film like this. "The original script had about 160 sets in it, a ridiculous amount of sets. I didn't say that to Rian, because I figured on something this big he'll find that out on his own. It's a 100-day shooting schedule," says Heinrichs. "So there's more than one set a day you have to prepare for." In the end, the production settled on 125 sets on 14 stages at Pinewood Studios. "The truth is we ended up combining things and trying to be smart about how we're going to do it," says Heinrichs. "He did do some trimming and cutting. It forced him to actually cut the shoe leather, as they say, and combine things in the script as well and reduce a number of things that way."
  • Luke Skywalker mentions Darth Sidious by name, the only throwback to a name that only appeared in the prequel trilogy (Though Darth Sidious appears in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), he is only referred to as the Emperor). It is likely that Luke learned the Sith title of Senator/Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine, a name also used only in the prequel trilogy, by conversing with the Force ghosts of Obi-Wan or Yoda sometime between Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
  • The Millenium Falcon has less screen time in this film than in any other Star Wars movie it has appeared in, but for its single-scene cameo in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
  • The creatures known as Porgs are never actually mentioned by name on screen.
  • Violation 27B-6 references the movie Brazil by Terry Gilliam where a form with that name is mandatory for repairmen to do any kind of repair work.
  • Hit $45 million in the opening night.
  • Lucasfilm announced the title "The Last Jedi" on January 23, 2017.
  • Original burn marks are still visible on Luke's mechanical hand.
  • Features the first Star Wars soundtrack to incorporate songs from outside the Star Wars universe: "Aquarela do Brasil," better known in English as "Brazil," by Ary Barroso, and "The Long Goodbye," by John Williams and Johnny Mercer. "The Long Goodbye" was the title song from the Robert Altman film, which was written by Leigh Brackett, who wrote the original draft of the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). (In the first Star Wars film, George Lucas used "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller as a temporary track during the Mos Eisley Cantina scene, which John Williams reworked to the familiar "Cantina Band" theme.)
  • This is the only sequel in a Star Wars trilogy to not have a four word subtitle (ex. Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) while the first in each trilogy have three word subtitles (ex. The Phantom Menace, A New Hope, The Force Awakens) thus breaking tradition.
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) director Gareth Edwards makes a short cameo as an entrenched Resistance soldier during the final battle.
  • The scene with the "ship" that turns out to be a clothes iron is likely a tribute to Bob's Fett's ship Slave 1 that first appeared in "The Empire Strikes Back," which many people thought resembled an iron.
  • With the passing of Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels is now the only remaining actor to appear in all the official Star Wars films.
  • First Star Wars film to contain a flashback scene.
  • Laura Dern (Amilyn Holdo) was just 7-years-old when her parents brought her to see the original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
  • Grossed $450 million worldwide in just 3 days.
  • Laura Dern plays a high-ranking Rebel officer in this movie, but is probably best-known as Dr. Ellie Sattler from the Jurassic Park franchise. A rippling cup of tea is shown in The Last Jedi, a direct nod to the iconic cup of water from Jurassic Park.
  • Released two days before Rian Johnson's birthday.
  • This film marks the first time since The Empire Strikes Back that Luke Skywalker was on the Millennium Falcon
  • Episode VIII provides the least screen time for R2D2
  • "Vader" is only mentioned once in this movie.
  • Mark Hamill's second movie in 2017 after "Brigsby Bear."
  • Carrie Fisher's dog Gary Fisher appears in the casino. When Rose and Finn are talking, he is visible on the left side of the screen beneath the man in the black fez. Rian Johnson confirmed this after a fan spotted the dog in a production still.
  • After the text crawl at the beginning of the movie, the camera tilts downward. This is the 7th of the 8 movies to do this. Only Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) does not tilt down, but rather tilts upwards.
  • As of 2017, this is the only film in the Star Wars universe to not feature the popular phrase "I have a bad feeling about this" spoken audibly. Obi Wan says it in Episode I, Anakin says it in Episode II, Obi Wan says it again in Episode III, Luke and Han say it in Episode IV, Leia says it in Episode V, Han says it again in Episodes VI and VII and K2SO starts to say it but is cut off in Rogue One. Director Rian Johnson has stated that the line is said by BB-8, but since he speaks in droid language, the line is not actually heard.
  • Highest billing for Carrie Fisher in a "Star Wars" film.
  • The opening weekend box office made more than all of director/writer Rian Johnson's previous films combined.
  • Sara Heller, who appears as one of the stable kids, had her first film role as Domhnall Gleeson's daughter, Posy (at age 5), in the film About Time (2013).
  • This is the first Star Wars movie that doesn't follow the pattern of reversing when the characters appear and behave from the previous episode. It also doesn't have a stalemate for the final lightsaber duel since there isn't a duel. Since Leia was captured in the even numbered Episodes of the original trilogy, this is also the only even numbered Episodes of Luke and Leia where she isn't held prisoner.
  • According to director Rian Johnson, the Porgs were the result of puffins being native to Skellig Michael, the island where the Achto scenes were filmed. They were unable to move them as they are a protected species and it would've been too time consuming and expensive to edit them out of the shots, so Rian decided to create a new indigenous species and simply CGI over the puffins.
  • Although Disney decided not to use George Lucas's story outlines for Episodes VII, VIII, and IX after the purchase of his company, a couple of Lucas's ideas surfaced in this film, including Luke Skywalker living as a recluse and training a female Jedi (in Lucas's outline her name was Kira).
  • The Porgs of Ahch-to were inspired by the puffins indigenous to Malin Head, in Co. Donegal, Ireland.
  • Lieutenant Connix played by Billie Lourd is the daughter of Carrie Fisher and talent agent Bryan Lourd.
  • This is the FIFTH official Star Wars film for Warwick Davis, playing a different character or characters in each movie. Starting with Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) in 1983 as the Ewok Wicket (the 2 subsequent Ewok movies don't count), he's since played characters in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017). He's also had a voice role in the animated series Star Wars Rebels (2014).
  • As well as Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), and despite his prominent role in the original trilogy (episodes V and VI) Lando Calrissian (played by Billy Dee Williams) never is mentioned throughout the movie.
  • Carrie Fisher and Laura Dern appear together in this film. The original Star Wars was nominated for Best Picture, but lost to Annie Hall, which featured an ex-boyfriend of each actress: Paul Simon and Jeff Goldblum.
  • Slowen Lo is a reference to the Beastie Boys song "Slow and Low". J.J. Abrams, who executive produced the film, is a huge Beastie Boys fan and has worked references to them in his previous films.
  • Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd has a role as a lieutenant and is seen on screen many times throughout the movie.
  • Luke Skywalker refers to a lightsaber as a "laser sword." The only other character in the saga to do so was Anakin Skywalker in Episode I.
  • C3P0's servo sound effects are that of his Episode IV: A New Hope's sound effects, different from the later films which are pitched higher.
  • Film critic, actor, director, and writer Caillou Pettis placed the film at number nine on his list of his twenty favorite films released in 2017.
  • When Poe Dameron says the line, "If they move...stun 'em", this may be a direct homage to Sam Peckinpah's classic 1969 western The Wild Bunch. William Holden's character Pike famously says, "If they move, kill 'em."
  • Many fans were disappointed by how this film continued several of the plot threads started in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), and how it answered some of its lingering questions. Writer/director Rian Johnson stated in interviews that he had read J.J. Abrams' script for The Force Awakens, but Abrams never shared any long-term plans he had for the next two films. In fact, there was never an overarching story outline for the trilogy that he had to adhere to; both Abrams and Lucasfilm gave Johnson almost full creative freedom to develop the story as he saw fit, and they were reportedly enthusiastic about some of his more controversial choices.
  • The Porgs creatures on Ach-To are based on local fauna.
  • "The Last Jedi" was also the title of a 2013 tie-in novel with the old "Legends" Expanded Universe book series, set sometime after Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt appeared in Third Rock from the Sun with John Lithgow. Lithgow voiced Yoda in the NPR adaptations of the original trilogy.
  • Gwendoline Christie was trained in fighting by swordmaster C.C. Smiff, the same stuntman who had trained her for her fighting scenes in Game of Thrones (2011).
  • (Cameo) Edgar Wright: He plays a Resistance member.
  • (Cameo) Joseph Gordon-Levitt: He plays Slowen Lo, who appears at the casino on Canto Bight.
  • (Cameo) Michaela Coel: She plays a resistance monitor.
  • (Cameo) Warwick Davis: As Wodibin, an alien that appears in the casino on Canto Bight.
  • (Cameo) Justin Theroux: As the Master Codebreaker.
  • Chelsea Hamill, Nathan Hamill and Griffin Hamill, the children of Mark Hamill, have uncredited appearances as Resistance members.
  • Whilst the film was in production. Disney announced the 2nd Star Wars anthology film - Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) and that it would be released between Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) and Star Wars: Episode IX (2019). Taking place years before Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope (2017), the film follows a young Han Solo, revealing how he first meets Chewbacca and becomes captain of the Milennium Falcon. Alden Ehrenriech succeeds Harrison Ford as Han Solo, while Donald Glover has been cast as young Lando Calrissian. Peter Mayhew's stunt double Joonas Suotoma returns as Chewbacca. Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson and Thandie Newton are announced to co-star. Christopher Miller and Phil Lord were hired to direct, but have been fired and replaced by Ron Howard.
  • First mention of Books in the Star Wars Franchise.
  • With returning characters Leia, Rey, Phasma, Maz Kanata, and Lieutenant Connix, as well as newcomers Rose, Holdo, Paige, Tallie, and Commander D'Arcy, this movie features more female characters than the original Star Wars trilogy, in which the only notable female characters are Leia, Aunt Beru, and Mon Mothma.
  • The door to Luke's hut on Ahch-To is made from the wing of his X-wing.
  • The only non-Best Picture Oscar nominee that year to be nominated for Best Original Score.
  • The shot of Kylo Ren entering the Resistance base on Crait is a conscious echo of the shot in Revenge of the Sith where Anakin Skywalker enters the Jedi temple.
  • The viewer that Poe looks through is actually a repurposed Super 8 camera.
  • The three Resistance fighters who pop up from the trenches on Crait are Mark Hamill's children.
  • "I changed my hair" was a line that Carrie Fisher ad-libbed herself.
  • Rogue One Director Gareth Edwards makes a cameo on Crait.
  • Directors Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish make cameos on Crait.
  • The ship in which Finn and Rose skid across the floor of the mine is a huge practical rig on a massive track.
  • There was a lot of discussion about how Captain Phasma's face should look under her helmet. It was Daisy Ridley who suggested that her eye should appear unscarred and human.
  • DJ's final line "Maybe" was improvised on set by Benicio Del Toro.
  • One of the pilots walking down the ramp of the Resistance transport is Rian Johnson's little brother.
  • When filming, Laura Dern said "pew" every time she shot her blaster. Although not audible, one such instance even made it into the finished film. It can be noticed in the close-up shot when Holdo is stunning her opponents.
  • The communications device shooting out of BB-8 was a practical effect.
  • The Millennium Falcon's escape pod was designed to look like a coffin.
  • Rian Johnson brought Frank Oz into the editing room for guidance about editing scenes with a puppet.
  • It was Frank Oz's idea to reveal Yoda through silhouette.
  • Luke Skywalker blowing the walls apart in the hut when he sees Kylo Ren and Rey Force-connecting was a practical effect. It was achieved with fake bricks on wires.
  • The sequence in the mirror cave came about after multiple conversations with Force Awakens Production Designer Rick Carter about some of the most important aspects of Rey's character.
  • The mirror cave was one of the earliest images that Rian Johnson had when he first landed the project.
  • All of the flashbacks were shot in one day.
  • The Fathier chase was filmed over the final two weeks of principal photography.
  • A rig was created for BB-8 to actually shoot coins out of his body.
  • Rose and DJ were written to serve as the angel and devil on Finn's shoulders throughout the story.
  • Justin Theroux and Lily Cole make cameos at the casino table.
  • The voice of the alien on the Canto Bight yacht is Rian Johnson's.
  • The shot of the water splashing off Rey is a practical effect. Water was dropped onto actress Daisy Ridley, then the shot was reversed.
  • During the Force-connections between Kylo Ren and Rey, all of the sound was dropped out except for their voices, to isolate them.
  • Maz played a much larger role in early drafts of the script, but as the story got bigger it made more sense to give more beats to the main characters.
  • While visiting Leia Organa in the sick bay, Finn and C-3PO are standing on apple boxes to fit them in the frame behind Poe.
  • One of the two men in the cell behind Finn and Rose is Rian Johnson's cousin, film composer Nathan Johnson.
  • The scene where Finn meets Rose was rewritten during production. Originally, Rose was very suspicious of Finn. Kelly Marie Tran's energy convinced Rian Johnson that the scene would be better if Rose admired Finn.
  • R2-D2's hologram of Princess Leia was re-created with original footage shot for A New Hope.
  • Rian Johnson's hand is used as an insert when Luke Skywalker pulls the dice off the Millennium Falcon.
  • For the sequence where Kylo Ren connects with Leia Organa before choosing not to fire, editors used the same three frame dissolves used in The Empire Strikes Back between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.
  • The best advice Rian Johnson received from the editors of The Force Awakens was "In every single scene, shoot a cutaway of BB-8 and you'll never regret it."
  • Originally the line, "It's time for the Jedi to end" was much longer, but it was shortened for a trailer. Rian Johnson liked it so much, he went back and used it in the final cut.
  • The interior of the tree was a full 360-degree set at Pinewood.
  • The exterior of the Jedi tree set was built on a vehicle test course at Longcross Studios.
  • The door to Luke Skywalker's hut is a piece of his old X-wing.
  • The Thala-Siren puppets on Ahch-To needed to be helicoptered in by cables to the edge of the water.
  • The Jedi Village set was built on a cantilevered platform over the edge of a cliff in southern Ireland called Sybil Head.
  • Rian Johnson smashed Kylo Ren's helmet himself by stomping on it.
  • According to Rian Johnson, Luke Skywalker's rationale for exiling himself on the island was that the Jedi were not helping and were instead perpetuating the cycle of the Jedi and Sith. They needed to go away so a new light could rise from a more worthy source.
  • The first thing Rian Johnson had to figure out was why Luke Skywalker was on the island.
  • The water leaking from Finn's medical suit was part practical and part visual effects.
  • The shot of Finn waking up was originally the first shot of the movie.
  • The shot of the bombs falling through the bomber doors is entirely practical except for the small blue screen of space in the background.
  • A special small digital camera with a smaller sensor was used to capture the depth of field on the close-up of Paige's eye after she falls.
  • Paige popping up through the bomber floor was the first shot completed on the Pinewood Stage with an actor.
  • The X-wing pilot who blows up alongside the first Resistance bomber to be destroyed is 1st AD Jamie Christopher.
  • Rian Johnson is a close follower of actor Adrian Edmondson's career. Every day on set he was trying not to quote lines from his favorite roles.
  • The original opening of the movie had the camera tilting down from the crawl to find Finn waking up in the healing suit.
  • Every movie in the saga has a slightly different take on the opening fanfare. It's recorded and mixed specifically for each film's crawl.
  • The opening crawl was the very first thing Writer/Director Rian Johnson started writing. It was not finalized until the last days of post-production.
  • Snoke's Praetorian Guard design was inspired by the emperor's royal guard, but they were made to be able to fight and move much more fluidly.
  • Rian Johnson is a superfan of Andy Serkis' role in the movie Topsy Turvy. While on set he would constantly quote Andy's lines from that movie.
  • The Resistance fighter at the console on the bridge of the ship was Daisy Ridley's stand-in.
  • The bridge of the Resistance ship doubled as a rehearsal space for Rian Johnson and cast after a day of shooting.
  • The insert shot of the computer screen showing the status of the Resistance ships was filmed during a makeup test.
  • Rian Johnson and Cinematographer Steve Yedlin needed a way to distinguish the Dreadnought bridge from the Star Destroyer bridge. While on set, they came up with the idea of adding a red light, like a submarine.
  • Snoke's throne room was Rian Johnson's favorite set. It was completely practical, with the exception of Snoke himself.
  • Second Star Wars film to mention their space ships need to refuel after Episode III when Obi-Wan goes to Utapau and asks for fuel along with information on general Grievous.
  • In the brief moment that you can see Luke's robotic hand, if you look towards the bottom, near the wrist, you can see the formation of a blaster hole. This is the mark that was left there from when Luke was shot in his hand while on Jabba's barge during Return of the Jedi.
  • Although plenty of his original sound effects are used, this is the first main Star Wars film where Ben Burtt is not credited as Supervising Sound Designer/Sound Editor. Series veteran Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce take over these duties.
  • According to Rian Johnson, Laura Dern could not resist saying "pew pew pew!" when she was required to fire a blaster. This is similar to Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen in the prequels: both had a habit of making lightsaber noises while they dueled.
  • The first Star Wars movie without Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca. Joonas Suotamo played him in this film. He also acted as Chewbacca's body double in The Force Awakens.
  • Laura Dern & Justin Theroux previously appeared in Inland Empire (2006) by David Lynch who was asked to direct Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) but turned it down.
  • (Cameo) Kate Dickie: as a First Order monitor.
  • (Cameo) Lily Cole: The woman next to the Master Codebreaker.
  • The design of Canto Bight was heavily inspired by the city of Monaco. Additionally, several elements of Ralph McQuarrie's concept arts for Jabba's palace were incorporated into the design.
  • Daisy Ridley turned down the role of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider (2018) due to her commitment to Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017). In Tomb Raider (2018) Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) travels to a mythical island off the coast of Japan to find her missing father Lord Richard Croft (Dominic West). In this film, Rey (Daisy Ridley) arrives on the Temple island on Ahch-To to find Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi was produced by Ram Bergman. He also produced Natalie Portman's directional debut A Tale of Love and Darkness (2015). Portman played Padme Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
  • The Caretakers on the temple island on Ahch-To are called The Lanai and are the native inhabitants.
  • Kelly Marie Tran was overwhelmed by the crowd at the premiere and started to cry in gratitude to her role in the movie. Daisy Ridley comforted her during this.
  • This is the eighth Star Wars film to be scored by John Williams.
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) received limited 15/70mm IMAX screenings in the UK and USA. It's the third time Disney's done this for the Star Wars franchise thus far: it happened with Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) originally, and thenRogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) (although the latter was shot on Arri Alexas employing 65mm lenses).
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) received limited 15/70mm IMAX screenings in the UK and USA. It's the third time Disney's done this for the Star Wars franchise thus far: it happened with Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) originally, and then Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) (although the latter was shot on Arri Alexas employing 65mm lenses).
  • There is a scene were Kylo Ren's costume is being ironed by an ironing robot, and the iron is shown from below blowing steam as if it were a spaceship coming in for a landing. The spaceship made from an iron also appears in Hardware Wars, which itself was a spoof of the original Star Wars.
  • During filming, John Boyega went into a strict workout and diet regime. One day, when he was hungry, he went to Carrie Fisher's trailer. When he told her that he was sick of eating healthy, she offered him chocolate bars and candy she had stashed inside her fridge. Since then, he occasionally went to her trailer whenever he wanted a "cheat day" from his diet. He later said "I failed my diet because Carrie Fisher told me to. And it felt great".
  • The German dub continues the "I have a bad feeling about this" tradition by translating the line "Han was... Han about it" with "Han had a... bad feeling about this".
  • After filming ended, the wrap party was held in an Irish pub. Daisy Ridley, who had worked as a bartender in London before her acting career started, stood behind the counter and served the cast and crew.
  • One of the extras in the trenches on Crait, was Gary Barlow from the pop group Take That

Spoilers

  • link=nm0001125] was announced to be playing a villain in the film. He was previously cast as Darth Maul, the primary antagonist of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), but dropped out after George Lucas removed most of Maul's lines from the script.
  • As with Episode VII, "script leaks" abound. So far the most prominent theory is that VIII will have some similarities to Episode V, the first sequel, but none as close as Episode VII had to Episode IV.
  • Mark Hamill let it slip that it was a great experience to play Luke Skywalker once again and how emotional it was during the films wrapping. This speculated that Luke would most likely die in the film as he (Hamill) did not say he would reprise the role for Episode IX. Hamill did later comment that it was not what he meant.
  • It is rumored that Frank Oz, Ewan McGregor, and Hayden Christensen would reprise their roles as Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker respectively.
  • The previous films in the series all took place at least a year after the previous film. This film takes up right where Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) left off, including a re-creation of the final scene and a funeral for Han Solo.
  • An image of the toy box layout for Episode 8 toys leaked in early February. Poe and Finn look much the same, however Rey's hair is down, and it appears as if she has a scar above her left eye. It is unclear if the scar was a result of training, or if it is meant to be reminiscent of Anakin Skywalker's scar from episode 3.
  • Liam Neeson has expressed interest in returning to the Star Wars franchise as Qui-Gon Jinn, either as a spin off solo movie, or a ghost in episode 8 or 9.
  • Director Rian Johnson has said that Luke Skywalker, not Rey, is the last Jedi.
  • It has been speculated by fans that Rey is actually the long lost daughter of Luke Skywalker. Being the prankster that he is, Mark Hamill made a comment during Star Wars celebration 2017, accidentally referring to Daisy Ridley as "my dau... I mean my colleague."
  • After reading the script for the film, Mark Hamill told director Rian Johnson, "I pretty much fundamentally disagree with every choice you've made for this character [Luke Skywalker]. Now, having said that, I have gotten it off my chest, and my job now is to take what you've created and do my best to realize your vision." Hamill later stated that he had the utmost respect for Johnson and Episode VII and Episode IX director J.J. Abrams, and is pleased with how both films have turned out.
  • The last film of the franchise to star both Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia together as Carrie Fisher passed away in December 2016. In fact because Han Solo was killed off in Force Awakens Luke will be the only main hero of the original trilogy to star in the next Star Wars film..
  • The first time Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has set foot in the Millennium Falcon since Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
  • The drawer Finn opens to get a blanket for Rose in the end is filled with the Jedi books from the "Force Tree".
  • The film use elements of the original trilogy and places it in the new setting as the iconic beginning of the battle of Hoth in episode 5 in the trench is redone here but instead on a mining planet with salt to resemble snow.
  • This is the first film since the original release of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) to feature Yoda realized with a puppet rather than via computer animation, as well as the first film to feature Yoda as a puppet since Frank Oz retired from puppetry in the Early 2000s.
  • This is the first time the golden dice are seen aboard the Millenium Falcon since the original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). In that film they appeared in only one scene before vanishing.
  • It was understood in the script, though not necessarily in the final film, that General Leia Organa had begun training as a Jedi shortly after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). Motherhood, and later, discord in the Galactic Senate caused her to cut short her tutoring. This explains how she is able to use the Force to create a bubble of air around her and return to her ship after the bridge of the Raddus is destroyed. An entry in the canonical tie-in Visual Dictionary confirmed this as well.
  • This is the first "Star Wars" film where Luke uses both his blue lightsaber (which had belonged to his father Anakin, and which is now wielded by Rey) and his green lightsaber.
  • The character played by Benicio Del Toro is never referred to by name. Tie-in merchandise refers to him only by the initials "DJ," which appear on his hat.
  • News of Yoda's return in this film leaked out after reporters asked Frank Oz if he had any plans to return to the "Star Wars" series. Oz remarked that he had signed legal documents barring him from confirming or denying the answer to their questions which confirmed his involvement.
  • The first Skywalker Star Wars film to not feature Obi-wan Kenobi in any way. The Force Awakens (2015) featured a specially recorded line from Ewan McGregor for Rey's vision.
  • The only film of the Star Wars Skywalker saga that doesn't contain a lightsaber duel. While lightsabers are used often in the film, there are no actual lightsaber on lightsaber fights. The only time you see a pair of sabers clash, is in the Luke/Kylo flashback.
  • During the space battle, Kylo Ren spins his fighter exactly the same way Anakin does in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), saying, "Let's try spinning; that's a good trick."
  • Luke's X-Wing can be spotted at the bottom of the ocean when Rey is exploring the island
  • It is not until the final scenes of this film that the two main characters, Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) share a scene. Notably, they have to introduce themselves.
  • This is the first live-action movie in the franchise to break with the tradition to have a member of the Skywalker family in the closing shot. All previous movies included either Anakin, Luke and/or Leia in the final shot. Although Luke and Leia feature in the final scene, the closing shot only shows one of the young slave boys on the casino planet Canto Bight.
  • Prior to her death in December 2016, Carrie Fisher had been expected to appear in Star Wars: Episode IX (2019). Though Fisher's family granted the rights to use recent footage of Fisher for Episode IX, Fisher will not appear in the film and Lucasfilm will not digitally generate new footage of her.
  • In this movie we finally get to see the origin of the blue milk. Luke is milking it from mammals on his island. It was first seen served in A new Hope at Luke's home on the Tatooine and later also in Rogue One at breakfast table at Jyn Ersos home.
  • Contrary to belief, director Rian Johnson confirmed the iconic "I have a bad feeling about this" line was indeed in the final cut of the movie. At the beginning of the film Poe and BB-8 approach the Dreadnaught and BB-8 beeps, to which Poe replies "Happy beeps, buddy". It is here that the droid mentions the line that has been included in every film up to this point, though it is difficult to understand without subtitles or translations.
  • During Luke and Kylo's fight on Crait, Kylo Ren's feet are shown to scratch through the salt covering revealing the red mineral beneath, but Luke's feet are shown to make no such impression.
  • Snoke's death marks the second time a character is cut in half in a Star Wars movie, after Darth Maul's death in "The Phantom Menace" (It is the third time if you count Obi-Wan's death in "A New Hope," but his body disappears instantly. Both Maul and Snoke's deaths are more graphic, with both halves of their bodies physically separating).
  • Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker becomes the third top-billed actor, and fourth top-billed character, to die on screen. Liam Neeson and Harrison Ford both died by being impaled on a lightsaber. Ewan McGregor received top billing for playing Obi-Wan Kenobi, but Sir Alec Guinness played out his death. Luke and Obi-Wan both vanish, becoming one with the Force.
  • When Leia is flying back into the cruiser, she flies through and breaks up a hologram of Snoke's ship, foreshadowing its fate.
  • The first Star Wars film since Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) to feature a Force Ghost. It also marks the first time that Yoda's Force Ghost speaks.
  • First Star Wars film to have one of the stronger swear words used by a character "You murdering bas*ard!"
  • The first time that the second film in a Star Wars trilogy does not have the main protagonist losing their hand in a lightsaber duel.
  • There is a typo in the opening crawl ("Only General Leia Organa's band of RESISTANCE fighters stand against the rising tyranny..."). "Stand" should be "stands," as the noun ("band") is singular. "Fighters" is within a prepositional phrase and does not determine the conjugation of the verb "stand."
  • The force ghost of Yoda destroying the Jedi library is the first time we see a light side user of the force use force lightning.
  • A fat bearded X-wing fighter pilot similar in appearance to Jek Porkins from the first Star Wars film appears to be killed again in the opening battle scene.
  • Luke jokingly asks Rey if he'll face down the First Order with a laser sword. At the end of the film he does just that (as a hologram, of course).
  • Finn is arrested on Canto Bight on the charge referred to as "27B-6" A 27B-6 is also the required paperwork needed to make repairs to domestic duct work in the film Brazil (1985).
  • On the ITV Good Morning show, Holly Willoughby accidently confirmed Yoda to be in the film while doing a video interview with John Boyega. He instantly looked shocked and Holly tried to cover her mistake by saying the news was "out there"
  • Maz Kanata is seen over a hologram while in the heat of battle. She wears a rocketpack/jetpack and as she turns, you can see the details more clearly. This pack is designed to mirror the jetpack that is worn in the Disney film The Rocketeer.
  • Another giveaway that Luke Skywalker's presence on Crait is an illusion is that unlike every other creature on the planet, his steps do not stir up the red soil just under the salty surface of the planet, nor can you hear them, as foley was not used.
  • Not including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), this is the first Star Wars Film that has a character from the film saying the title, as Luke Skywalker says the line "I will not be The Last Jedi." Some of the titles were referenced in other films of the series but none specifically stated the title in their direct films.
  • As mentioned in the film at one point, Admiral Ackbar, famous for his "It's a Trap!" line in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), was among those killed in the explosion on the frigate when Kylo Ren's Tie Fighter squadron bombed the bridge.
  • Luke's final scene resembles that of the scene in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) while he is looking at the Tatooine suns, before embarking on his adventure. However in Episode VIII, Luke looks at the two suns of Ahch-To, in what could be his final appearance in the Star Wars Saga.
  • According to Rian Johnson, DJ stands for Don't Join, a phrase he got from an early record advertisement for Elvis Costello. DJ explains his neutral stance to Finn by saying "Don't Join" is his philosophy in life.
  • It is not revealed until the final scenes that Ahch-To is part of a binary solar system. As Luke is dying he watches the binary sunset, just as he did on Tatooine in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) (as a baby) and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) (as a young man wishing for a life of adventure).
  • When Han meets Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), he says "you've changed your hair". When Leia meets Luke in "The Last Jedi", she says "I've changed my hair".
  • The climax, in which Rey and Kylo Ren are brought before Snoke, parallels both the climax of Return of the Jedi and the beginning of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). In the latter, Kylo Ren's grandfather Anakin Skywalker kills Count Dooku, while in this film, Ren kills Snoke. Dooku and Snoke were played by Christopher Lee and Andy Serkis, who appeared together in the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films.
  • Mark Hamill has stated in interviews that he had already discussed ideas for Luke Skywalker with Colin Trevorrow, the original director of Star Wars: Episode IX (2019), before the making of The Last Jedi. Hamill later claimed that Trevorrow's ideas for Luke were more similar to his own than they were with Rian Johnson's, and that more would be revealed about Luke in the third picture. However, after learning of Johnson's story treatment for The Last Jedi, most of Trevorrow's ideas could no longer be used, so he stepped down as director and was replaced by J.J. Abrams.
  • In a very, very brief lounge scene during the escape sequence on Canto Bight, a few notes of the theme song to The Long Goodbye (1973) can be heard on a piano in the background. (It's the notes that go with the lyrics "... and it happens every day" in the song.) John Williams scored both that film as well as this episode of Star Wars.
  • When Snoke interrogates Rey using the force, the Emperor's theme can be heard playing in the background, with the camera panning to Ren as this happens. This is reminiscent of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) when the Emperor is shocking Luke with force lightning and the camera pans to Vader, with the same theme playing. There is an obscure rumor that detailed how Snoke might've been Emperor Palpatine possessed by the force Ghost of Darth Plagueis.
  • The Wilhelm scream can be heard when Luke and Kylo first clash their lightsabers together.
  • In the previous trilogies, there is a trend in the second film of each trilogy to have a character lose a limb by a lightsaber. Most people believe that this was excluded from The Last Jedi, but it was actually included. When Kylo Ren turns against Snoke and ignites the lightsaber that kills Snoke, the lightsaber cuts throughout Snokes torso and arms. Thusly, Snoke encounters the "limb loss" in a less than noticeable way, keeping in the tradition.
  • Rian Johnson stated in an interview that the puppet of Yoda used in The Last Jedi was made by going to the archives from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). They used the original mold, then next they went to the woman who painted the original puppet and then lastly went to Frank Oz to complete a customized puppet of Yoda to recreate the model from the Empire Strikes Back.
  • Only the second time in a live action Star Wars film where guns are set to stun. The first time is in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) where Leia is stunned after recording her message in R2D2. This time it's Leia who fires on Poe after his mutiny.
  • Contrary to popular belief, the X-Wing pilot that gets killed at the beginning was not played by James Corden. He was played by assistant director Jamie Christopher.
  • Luke and Han's last scene together was in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).
  • The first Star Wars saga film to feature a dark side apprentice (Ren) betraying and killing his master (Snoke), just as the Rule Of Two dictates, even though neither Snoke nor Ren were technically Sith Lords. This was never seen in any previous movies featuring Sith Lords, only spoken of or eluded to.
  • The Last Jedi includes several direct call backs to the second film in the original trilogy, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). 1) There is a hasty emergency evacuation of a rebel base. 2) There is an extended space chase - of the Millenium Falcon by TIE fighters in Empire and of the Resistance capital ship in The Last Jedi. 3) The two main protagonists meet and discuss parentage. 4) There is a ground battle involving AT-AT walkers, planet-bound speeders and Resistance/Rebel troops in trenches. 5) An untrained youth is rapidly trained in the ways of the force by an older teacher, despite Prequels establishing that Jedi should be trained from childhood and take 15-20 years to reach Force proficiency. 6) A Dark-side villain character, during a fight with a Light-side Force user, tried to join forces to "rule the Galaxy side by side."
  • Yoda as a Force Ghost may mean new things for the future. Yoda appears to Luke but unlike Obiwan in ROTJ, Yoda was not transparent. So far, Force Ghosts have only been known to be visible in the films. But in TLJ, Yoda shows a new side to this state in the Force. Yoda appears to be solid or physical form of a Force Ghost. The evidence for this is both by Yoda not being transparent but also by Yoda hitting Luke on his forehead with his walking cane.
  • The term "I have a bad feeling about this" is spoken at least once by a character in every single Star Wars film, and contary to popular belief it is indeed mentioned in this one as well; however it is spoken by the droid BB-8 to Poe Dameron in the begining of the film, so it is not actually understood by the audience.
  • In the movie, when Luke is about to go out and fight Kylo Ren he says something like 'No one is truly gone' which might be hinting to Luke's return as a force ghost in a sequel.
  • When Rose, Finn, and BB-8 are sneaking through Snoke's ship disguised as Imperials, BB-8, hidden under a bucket, imitates the chirping of a mouse droid (the tiny black droids seen in Imperial corridors).
  • Anakin's Second Lightsaber has appeared in the most number of movies, and has been wielded by the most amount of characters. However in the movie it is split in two marking the end of it's usage.
  • Laura Dern's character sacrifices herself and her ship for the rebellion. In Silent Running (1972) her father, 'Bruce Dern''s character does the same for his cause. In the first Star Trek film directed by J. J. Abrams, Leonard Nimoy's character, The young Spock in the new time line also sacrifices Ambassador Spock's ship by driving it into Nero's, destroying the advanced Romulan enemy ship.
  • Chronologically, the early events of this sequel actually begin before the final scene of the previous film. This same technique was used in The Bourne Ultimatum (2007).
  • This marks the third time where John Williams reprised the "TIE Fighter Attack" theme from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)]. It was first heard when the Millennium Falcon is chased by TIE Fighters after Obi Wan's death, and was later reprised in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) when Lando pilots the Falcon into the second Death Star, while also being chased by TIE Fighters. In The Last Jedi, the theme returns when Chewbacca flies the Falcon in the caverns underneath Crait, while also being chased by TIE Fighters.
  • When Luke Skywalker flashes back to his attempt to kill Ben Solo (Kylo Ren) it harkens back to Star Wars: Rebels S2 E17 "Shroud of Darkness." In that episode, Kanan Jarrus has a vision in the Jedi Temple in Lothal. He encounters a temple guard who tells him that Ezra Bridger is too powerful, will be enticed by the dark side, and must be destroyed.
  • At one point Rose fires her blaster at Captain Phasma but the shot harmlessly glances off her armour, marking the first time in a Star Wars film that stormtrooper armour has successfully kept the person wearing it safe. This is because (according to The Force Awakens novel) Phasma's armor is not Standard Issue, but, rather, custom made by the character out the hull of a Naboo ship.
  • Rey is the fourth character to use one of the Millennium Falcon's turrets. Before her, they have been used by Luke and Han in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and by Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
  • The second time in a live action Star Wars film that a lightsaber is referred to as a "laser sword". At around 20 mins into the film, Rey is trying to convince Luke he must return to the Resistance and help fight against the First Order. Luke sarcastically remarks "You think what? I'm going to walk out with a laser sword and face down the whole First Order?" The first mention of this was in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) by Anakin. After helping them with shelter from a sandstorm on Tatooine, Anakin calls out Qui-Gon Jinn as being a Jedi Knight by revealing "I saw your laser sword. Only Jedi carry that kind of weapon."
  • On a visit to Pinewood Studios, Star Wars fans, British Princes Harry and William, were given cameo appearances as two of the massed Storm Troopers in the scene where DJ was given his payment for his betrayal of the resistance movement.
  • When Luke appears on Crait he has a shorter, darker beard and hair. He looks like he did when he last saw Ben Solo (later; Kylo Ren) in the tent. No one, in the present time, knows what he actually looks like now, so they don't realise he is a force projection.
  • Besides Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill plays an alien gambler called Dobbu Scay. His name is an anagram of editor Bob Ducsay.
  • When Finn and Rose run away by the Canto Bight's beach mounted on a fathier, can be seen on the night horizon a big white moon and a smaller red moon. It's a nod for the short-lived TV series Otherworld (1985) about a family lost in another dimension, where at the end of the opening credits can be seen a big white moon and a smaller red moon.
  • The hyperspace tracking technology used by the First Order was previously mentioned briefly in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), when Jyn was looking for the Death Star plans in the Imperial vault on Scarif.
  • Director Rian Johnson stated that he would have loved to feature more of Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), but the movie was already quite full, and there was no more place for her in the story other than a brief appearance near the end.
  • During one of the training scenes, Luke tells Rey that the Force isn't about lifting rocks. Ironically, Rey would later lift rocks with the Force to free the Resistance from the cave on Crait.
  • During the ending sequence aboard the Millennium Falcon, Luke's Jedi training helmet from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) can be seen behind Rey in one shot.
  • In true Star Wars tradition, once again the Millenium Falcon is disparaged, this time by Kylo Ren. At around 2 hours 2 mins, during the attack on the Resistance base on Crait, the Millenium Falcon flies in to assist the Resistance. After taking out several TIE fighters Kylo Ren angrily decrees, "Blow that piece of junk, out of the sky!" His uncle Luke Skywalker also refers to the Falcon as a piece of junk in "A New Hope" when he first sees it in Mos Eisley. In "The Empire Strikes Back" Leia calls it a bucket of bolts and Lando Calrissian says "she's the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy". Rey calls it garbage in "The Force Awakens".
  • After killing Snoke, Kylo Ren invites Rey to join him in ruling the galaxy together. This parallels what his grandfather Darth Vader did in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), when he invited his wife Padme to join him in overthrowing the Emperor and ruling the galaxy with him; later on, Vader did this again with his son Luke in [title=tt0080684].
  • The first and so far only Star Wars episode to have the exact words of the title spoken in dialogue. "When I kill you, I'll have killed the last Jedi."
  • In the final scene of the movie we see that the young boy about to sweep outside can use the force - the broom moves into his hand as he reaches for it.
  • It was Domhnall Gleeson's idea, with Rian Johnson's approval, to have Hux slowly reach for his blaster then retract himself when he sees Kylo Ren unconscious on the floor.
  • Finn and Rose Tico go to Canto Bight casino city to find someone and end up with DJ (Benicio Del Toro) instead. A nod to Benicio Del Toro himself whom had starred in the British crime flick Snatch (2000) as Franky Four Fingers, a criminal with a gambling problem, 17 years earlier.
  • Leia is the surviving human character of the big three while Carrie Fisher is the only one of the actors who has passed away.
  • After killing Snoke, Kylo Ren invites Rey to join him in ruling the galaxy together. This parallels what his grandfather Darth Vader did in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), when he invited his wife Padme to join him in overthrowing the Emperor and ruling the galaxy with him; later on, Vader did this again with his son Luke in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
  • Luke drinks blue milk, while avoiding Rey's urging to be trained. Throughout the years of both cult status and the film industry, "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" (1977) has been dubbed as "Blue Harvest." In that film, Luke also drank a blue liquid; while working as a (moisture) harvester.
  • Finn and Rose ride fathiers to escape security. Other, tamed beasts of burden used throughout The Galaxy are bantha and nerf. Ren's mother, Leia, once referred to Han as a "scruffy" nerf herder in "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980).
  • Genre enthusiasts have seen similarities between "Star Wars" universe Finn and "Star Trek" universe Kyril Finn. Both were seen as terrorists, but see themselves as freedom fighters; opposing corrupted government power. A neutral, non combatant pointed out their misguided motivations for peace: Kyril had Dr. Crusher-FN 2187 had D.J. Both Finns causes were at a stalemate. The "Star Trek:TNG" episode was titled "The High Ground." Obi-Wan Kenobi warned Anakin Skywalker about higher ground during their duel in "Star Wars Episode III" (2005). Lastly, the TNG episode mentioned Ireland's political history in context to the divided planet. The first act of Episode VIII was filmed on location in Ireland.
  • This is the first movie of the Star Wars main series that doesn't include the infamous Wilhelm scream, which was used since Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). This was confirmed by sound editor Matthew Wood. Despite this, Luke and Kylo's showdown contains a very similar noise when Kylo's lightsaber slices the air.
  • On Crait, the salt flakes interact with Kylo Ren and his lightsaber but never interact with Luke Skywalker or his lightsaber. This is because Luke is using the force to project his image and is not physically present on Crait.
  • The first main saga Star Wars film to rely on flashbacks (in the case of Luke's attempt on Ben Solo's life.) The Force Awakens contains visions of the past but no actual flashbacks of characters' memories.
  • The boy seen at the very end of the film does not grab his broom with his hand. If you look closely you'll notice that it moves into his hand. He echoes Anakin Skywalker, who was also a slave who could use the Force and dreams of adventure out in the galaxy. This shows that Rey isn't the last of the Jedi either.
  • Although not shown in the movie, the book "Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary" reveals that, to honor Han Solo, members of the Resistance wrote down messages on the proton bombs used in the opening battle against the First Order. The messages included phrases like "Han says hi" and "Hi Snoke"
  • After the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey's parentage became a hotly debated topic. Luke Skywalker was frequently named as a family member, possibly even her father, until this film revealed that her parents were just a couple of anonymous Jakku junk traders. According to Simon Pegg who worked on The Force Awakens, writer/director J.J. Abrams originally had very different plans, intending for Rey to have a "relevant lineage". However, director Rian Johnson stated that Abrams never shared these plans with him, leaving him free to come up with his own ideas.
  • Mark Hamill cried while filming the flashback scene where Luke is watching the Jedi Temple burning down. His expression is genuine.
  • The only Star saga film not to have a lightsaber duel.
  • In May 2018, it was rumored that one of the characters from the original expanded universe Mara Jade would be in Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) and that she would be revealed as Rey's mother and that JJ Abrams was looking for an actress 40 - 45 years old for the role. In this film, Kylo Ren tells Rey that her parents were junkers and they sold Rey to Unkar Plutt for drinking money. However, it could be possible Kylo Ren may had lied to Rey and that there's something else about Rey's parents Kylo Ren is hiding from her. In the original expanded universe, Mara Jade was a Force sensitive loyal agent and assassin of Emperor Palpatine who swore vengeance upon Luke Skywalker, whom she blamed for the Emperor's death, now aware that it was Darth Vader who killed the Emperor. But, Mara Jade fell in love with him and married him and became a Jedi master.
  • The only Star Wars saga film without a Jedi duel.
  • When asked what happened to Luke's mechanical hand at the point of his transition to a Force Ghost, Mark Hamill did not have a good answer. Director, Rian Johnson later said that having the hand clank onto the rock below would have "undercut the moment".
  • When Leia uses the force to return to her cruiser after the bridge is blown up she passes through the hologram of Snoke's ship foreshadowing how it is, eventually, destroyed by Admiral Holdo.
  • Luke's last words on-screen are, "See you around, kid."
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