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.
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.)
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.
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?)
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?
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?
The Millennium Falcon parked on Ach-To. Why is everyone leaving Chewie by himself? This Wookiee is in mourning, people.
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.
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?
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.
I just want to know what joke is slaying John Boyega.
This is a painful-looking Stormtrooper weapon. What does something like this do to someone in battle?
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.
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?
A tiny croupier at the Canto Bight casino. But how does it deal or collect credits? Maybe size matters not.
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?
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?
What could possibly be throwing this casino worker through the air? There’s no explosion.
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.)
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?
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.
Probably not a big speaking part, but this spider-faced alien seems friendly.
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.
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?
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.
Finally, what will become of Chewie now that he’s all by himself? This Wookiee needs a new life partner.