Vanity Fair delivers the photos we have been looking for …

While not wanting to wish the year away, anticipation for the next installment in the Star Wars franchise is presently at fever pitch and Vanity Fair last week satiated fans need for more information with a glorious photo spread care of celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz and article that interviews everybody from cast to crew.

Leibovitz’s photographs can be found within the magazine’s feature article – an article that contains a bevy of information about The Last Jedi‘s new characters and ethos, not to mention its status as Carrie Fisher’s final film, and behind-the-scenes footage of Leibovitz on set in some of the films’ key locations. Though the article is absolutely worth a read, it’s a long one, so here are the cliff notes. But be sure and bookmark the article for further reading.

(Click on the photos below to see them larger)

Rey on (new planet) Ahch-To

Rey with Chewbacca in the Millenium Falcon

A group shot of some of the film’s heroes, including the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, John Boyega in full Dameron drag as Finn, and Kelly Marie Tran as Resistance maintenance worker Rose Tico, whose plotline takes her behind enemy lines with Finn

Droid-makers Brian Herring, Dave Chapman, Matthew Denton, Lee Towersey, and Joshua Lee are joined in-studio by R2-D2, BB-8, and what must by now be an extremely suit-fatigued Anthony Daniels

Carrie Fisher, Rian Johnson, Mark Hamill, and producer Kathleen Kennedy are joined on-set by good pups Gary Fisher and Millie Hamill

A beautiful portrait with Carrie Fisher and daughter Billie Lourd

Another amazing portrait of onscreen brother and sister Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher

First look at Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Holdo of the Resistance

Benicio Del Toro 

The villians: Domnall Gleeson, Adam Driver and Gwendoline Christie


A few more details from the article:

  • Rose has a sister: a gunner named Paige and played by Vietnamese actor Veronica Ngo.
  • According to John Boyega, Finn spends the first part of the film in a bacta suit, which is surely more accommodating than the tanks they were using in Empire‘s comparative medical dark ages.
  • Rian Johnson began his writing process by listing each character and asking, “What’s the hardest thing they could be faced with?” – a fairly standard screenwriting practice, but one that must be giddily exciting (and daunting) when writing a Star Wars screenplay.
  • Preparation for directing The Last Jedi included watching WWII films.
  • We have Brad Bird to blame for Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX hiring, as he came recommended by the Pixar and Mission Impossible helmer.
  • Fisher slaps Oscar Isaac’s Poe in one scene: “I think we did 27 takes in all, and Carrie leaned into it every time, man. She loved hitting me.”
  • General Leia’s role is expanded greatly from that in The Force Awakens, and had Fisher not passed away at the end of 2016, Episode IX would have been “her movie,” according to producer Kathleen Kennedy. That movie starts shooting in January and is being “reconceived” around the loss of Fisher.
  • On that note, a quote from Kennedy: “We don’t have any intention of beginning a trend of re-creating actors who are gone.”


Adrian Drayton

Adrian Drayton is the Director of Reel Dialogue. A film critic and commentator on culture for 20 years, he believes in the power of cinema and the power of God to start conversations about faith and culture. He is also a massive Star Wars nerd.