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The behind-the-scenes footage for Star Wars:The Last Jedi just dropped at Disney’s D23 Expo on Saturday. It supplies more questions than answers, so here’s a rundown of the weird, wonderful, and curious revelations contained within it.
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A shot of writer-director Rian Johnson, but what stands before him? This looks suspiciously like a gigantic, tactile animatronic of Supreme Leader Snoke (performed by Andy Serkis.)
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At some point, Kelly Marie Tran’s Resistance mechanic, Rose Tico, and John Boyega’s Stormtrooper-turned-hero, Finn, will go undercover as First Order officers. How and why they end up here …? That’s certainly a huge spoiler.
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This looks like Veronica Ngo, who is playing Rose’s sister, Paige, a gunner with the Resistance. Is she protecting a starship or a planetary base – and what becomes of her?
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The video begins with a headless R2-D2. Is it being shipped to Ach-To, the island where Luke Skywalker is in exile? It’s still disturbing to see a decapitated droid.
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Really disturbing. But writer-director Rian Johnson is just making sure BB-8 is looking his best. Notice the concept art in the background that has been blurred out?
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On the ride side of this frame, we see Rogue One’s K-2SO looking on from the whiteboard. Remnant of Rogue One’s production, or might we see this type of droid again?
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There are many beheaded, beloved characters in this video. Here’s Chewbacca in curlers. (Who wouldn’t pay brisk money to see him like this in an actual scene from the movie?)
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We’ve seen speeders before – Luke’s flat Corvette, Rey’s tractor-like ride – but these are the first sleek sports-speeders we’ve seen in the Star Wars universe since the prequels. So … what wealthy galaxy-dweller owns these?
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This looks like trench warfare on the mining planet of Crait, where a scarlet mineral lies just below the white-salt surface. Is this spray of soil from the blast of attacking AT-AT’s shown in the first trailer?
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The Millennium Falcon parked on Ach-To. Why is everyone leaving Chewie by himself? This Wookiee is in mourning, people.
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Is this Finn in an X-wing flight suit? He wasn’t a pilot in The Force Awakens, so it might be amazing to see him get into the cockpit of a Resistance fighter.
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General Leia stands on the surface of a vast, rocky world. Is this Ach-To? The salt flats of Crait? Another as-yet-unknown planet?
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Some may wonder about the green tape on Mark Hamill’s fingers. Remember, it's a performance capture guide to help Industrial Light & Magic artists replace his hand with a robotic one.
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I just want to know what joke is slaying John Boyega.
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This is a painful-looking Stormtrooper weapon. What does something like this do to someone in battle?
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This creature was spotted on the streets of the film’s Canto Bight casino set. Looks like it might be a creature used for racing (and gambling), which would make it an excellent means of escape in the midst of danger.
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This is a crystalline fox/dog creature (with the face removed). In what world does this thing exist – and is it wild or someone’s luxurious pet?
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A tiny croupier at the Canto Bight casino. But how does it deal or collect credits? Maybe size matters not.
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Laura Dern’s violet-haired Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, conversing with what looks like Carrie Fisher’s General Leia. What we don’t know: Are they friends or rivals within the Resistance?
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Looks like Poe Dameron doing a Slip & Slide maneuver into the trenches of Crait. Is this a natural landscape or the armored surface of a military base?
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What could possibly be throwing this casino worker through the air? There’s no explosion.
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Somebody is happy. These toad-like casino patrons look like high rollers, but we don’t know if they’re good guys or bad. (They look super-rich, though. So probably bad.)
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What does BB-8 think of Benicio Del Toro’s stylish cap? Seriously, everything about his man is an unknown at this point. He is nothing except more questions, including: what do his initials "DJ" mean?
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This appears to be General Hux – driving a speeder that calls to mind the towncar favored by Adolf Hitler: a 1941 Mercedes-Benz Offener Tourenwagen.
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Probably not a big speaking part, but this spider-faced alien seems friendly.
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The Internet has been buzzing about Porgs — penguin-like cuties who flock on the Jedi-sacred world of Ach-To — and keep Luke Skywalker company in his self-imposed exile.
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What happens to destroy Kylo Ren’s helmet? And does the gold trim of the one behind it suggest he replaces it with a similar model – or is that just the lighting?
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Are these mines? Torture droids? Something else? And who is the Resistance pilot plummeting into this chasm? Star Wars: The Last Jedi is out on Dec. 15 -- expect these questions and more to find answers by then.
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Finally, what will become of Chewie now that he's all by himself? This Wookiee needs a new life partner.