I wouldn’t call them spoilers, but if you want to go into Star Wars: The Last Jedi fresh this December, you might want to skip this one. All week, Entertainment Weekly has been sharing goodies from their huge Star Wars cover story dedicated to the next episode, including images and some info about characters new and old.
You can peep a few of the images here or head on over to Entertainment Weekly to check out the rest. Most of the cover story dives into the characters themselves and their motivations, and it’s a pretty engrossing read. On the Light side, they’ve got a lot in there about Luke — especially the parts of the character that Mark Hamill didn’t necessarily agree with at first. The movie will explore why Luke thinks the galaxy is better off without him involved, and the lengths he’ll go to keep it that way — suffice it to say he’s not super excited to see Rey or his old lightsaber. As for Rey, she’ll find out who her parents are at some point, but apparently the revelation won’t change much — if anything in this cover story is a smokescreen, that’s probably it.
Meanwhile, Finn will recover a little physically, but mentally, he wants out. As it is in gangster movies and Star Wars, he gets pulled back in — a new character named Rose, like a lot of young Resistance members, now reveres Finn as a hero, which apparently has the effect of shaming him into sticking around. That means we’ll see less of everyone’s favorite new buddy team, Finn and Poe — Poe will spend more time with General Leia, who will ultimately get her curtain call following the untimely passing of Carrie Fisher late last year.
But, none of that is what caught the collective eye of the internet this week. That honor went to something super cute and something super menacing! On the super cute side, we’ve got porgs, the furry little big-eyed creatures on the planet Ahch-To. I guess they’re supposed to satisfy this trilogy’s furry creature quota instead of the ewoks. They’re joined by a land-based fish-type alien species that sort of resembles the characters from that Dinosaurs TV show from the ’90s. They’re not as cute, but up against furry penguin-like creatures, who can win?
The menacing part comes from big bad guy Snoke’s private army, the Praetorian Guard. Clad in all red, they’ve got flexible samurai-like armor that makes them look ready for action. They’ve also got staves that look like they can dish out some pretty harsh beatings, and given their affiliation, I don’t think they’ll be shy about putting them to use.
And then, there’s the middle. Benicio del Toro is in The Last Jedi as a character named DJ, but no one really knows what his deal is. He’s described as mercenary-like and untrustworthy — we’d be skeptical of the guy, but then we remembered that that description fits Han Solo from the original trilogy perfectly.
The eight-part story on Entertainment Weekly has plenty more where that came from, so if you really want to do a deep dive, head over there and go nuts. We’re still four months out from the release of The Last Jedi, so this probably isn’t the last news dump we’ll get, either. At this rate, it’s going to be awfully hard to be surprised by the actual movie — if you can just turn off the internet until December, that would probably be ideal!