With Force Friday II, Star Wars fans get a huge burst of new toys that should keep everyone happy in the leadup to Season 4 of Star Wars Rebels and the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi this December. Disney remains tight-lipped about spoilers for Episode VIII. But we learned a few new things about the movie based on the new toy line.
In fact, the entire plot of The Last Jedi is surprisingly given away by the playing cards. No, seriously. We won’t dare to spoil the whole thing for you. But if you really want to know what happens – including the end of the movie – feel free to read about it here. If you’re interested in the more mild spoilers that we learned from The Last Jedi toy line, plus a few other items of note, we compiled a list for you.
There will be an evil BB-8
Everyone loved BB-8 in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The little orange and white ball rolled into our lives and stole our hearts with his cute robot language and little Zippo lighter thumbs-up. But thanks to Sphero, the creators of the interactive BB-8 toy that rolled around your house and made cute noises, we now have BB-9E.
He looks pretty much exactly like BB-8. Except this time, has a flat head and features a more First Order-friendly black and gray look. To promote the new character, Disney released a cute cartoon of BB-8 and BB-9E interacting. We don’t know exactly what the role of BB-9E will be in The Last Jedi, if anything. Considering Disney and Star Wars‘ history with toys and marketing, he could be nothing more than a background character.
New Resistance and First Order ships
As far as Imperial and First Order ships go, the design has always been somewhat typical. The tried-and-true Star Destroyer came in an elongated triangle shape. But we’ve been given two new ship designs, one of which is a First Order ship shaped like a wing called Supremacy. This is the main ship that holds Supreme Leader Snoke. It’s reminiscent of how Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer, the Executor, was different and deadlier than the cookie-cutter Star Destroyers.
The other ship we get a first-hand look at is the Raddus, a Resistance ship dating back to the era of the original trilogy. In general, it looks much like the Rebel Alliance ships from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. And the name will be familiar for fans of the recent movies. It’s a Mon Calamari ship named for Admiral Raddus, who played a major role in capturing the Death Star plans in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In The Last Jedi, it is thought that this ship will be the command station of General Leia.
A closer look at Snoke
While on the topic of Supreme Leader Snoke, the action figures give us a bigger look into the mysterious character than anything we received from The Force Awakens.
— Cody Cruz (@MrCocoCruzin) September 2, 2017
We can see here that, despite appearing to be a white-ish color in the holograms from The Force Awakens, Snoke’s skin pigment is actually a pink hue. In addition, we see the leader wearing a somewhat strange gold robe and sitting atop his massive throne. This is quite a change from the Sith Lords of the original trilogy, who typically wore black. But then again, we don’t quite yet know what Snoke actually is.
No red arm for C-3PO
This was a small plot point for The Force Awakens. But it appears that C-3PO ditches the red arm and is back to his usual gold color for the movie. Fans were surprised to see a slightly different look for the droid who casually thought Han Solo might not have recognized him because of the red arm. But the movie never explains the need for the change in appearance. Fortunately, the canon Marvel comics took care of that storyline for us.
Heading into The Last Jedi, apparently a change was made. What we know going in is that Rey, R2-D2, and Chewbacca are on Ahch-To with Luke. Meanwhile, C-3PO is likely back with Leia at Resistance headquarters. The major question we’re left with is when, and how, the annoying interpreter gets his new arm. Considering the two movies back up to one another without any real break in-between, will we see the change on screen? Or will there be a time jump at some point?
Among the recent news given to us is of celebrity cameos. The Force Awakens was well-known for being the most cameo-laden Star Wars movie yet. It featured Simon Pegg and Daniel Craig leading the way with Kevin Smith and practically half the cast of Game of Thrones not far behind. Thanks to actor John Boyega, we already have an idea about a few celebrity cameos for The Last Jedi (via Screen Rant).
I’ve had enough with those secrets. (Prince William and Prince Harry) came on set. They were there. I’m sick of hiding it. I think it was leaked, anyway. There were images. Every time I get asked, I have to dodge it. I’m tired of dodging it. They were there. Tom Hardy was there too.
Tom Hardy – known for his role as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises as well as for the Mad Max reboot and Inception – is an established actor that is extremely worthy of a cameo. Having the two Princes in the movie, well, seems like maybe a little extra kissing up to the royals. After all, Pinewood Studios – where much of Star Wars has been filmed – is located in the United Kingdom.
Laura Dern’s character is LGBT
Playing Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo in The Last Jedi, Laura Dern is the perfect actress as the high-ranking leader in the Resistance. Thanks to the recently released canon novel Leia: Princess of Alderaan, we saw an exchange between the two female leaders. And it gives us a little more information about Holdo than we really expected – specifically, her sexuality.
‘A pair of pretty dark eyes.’ Then Amilyn thought about that for a moment. ‘Or more than a pair, if you’re into Grans. Or Aqualish, or Talz. Or even – ‘ ‘That’s all right!’ Leia said through laughter. ‘It’s just humanoid males for me.’ ‘Really? That feels so limiting.’ ‘Thank goodness it’s a big galaxy.’
At no point does the novel come out and say that Holdo is bisexual, or any other label for that fact. But Star Wars and Disney have been pushing for more diversity in their movies over the last few years. An official LGBT character in Star Wars would be a major first. We don’t know if it will be expressly mentioned in The Last Jedi, but it appears that Holdo will break some ground.
Anakin will return
Thanks to some inside info from YouTuber Mike Zeroh, we know that Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith actor Hayden Christensen will return in The Last Jedi as Anakin Skywalker. Rumors swirled months ago that Christensen was at Pinewood Studios, recording some sort of cameo appearance for the upcoming movie.
What Zeroh learned recently (and shared in this YouTube video) is that Christensen provided some lines for a moment where the character is heard speaking from within the Force. As far as we know now, we will only hear and not see Anakin in the movie. While that last point may be a bit of a disappointment, just the fact that they’re bringing Christensen back to play some small part is a nice way to tie together the prequels, the original trilogy, and the new trilogy.
Information via IMDB.
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