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Star Wars actor Simon Pegg confirms that J.J. Abrams originally had different plans for the reveal of Rey’s parents. While Abrams received some backlash for the sentimentalism he displayed in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it was nothing compared to what awaited Rian Johnson when he went in the opposite direction. Though The Last Jedi pulls from much of Star Wars‘ history – both the films and Expanded Universe – Johnson’s mission to move beyond the past didn’t sit well with some die-hards. But with Abrams returning for Episode 9, there’s a chance that some of the previous film’s progress could be undone.

Before Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrived, the nature of Abrams’ mystery box mentality led fans to spend two years speculating on the backstory of Snoke and the potential lineage of Rey. When the film arrived, however, Snoke was done away with before anything consequential was revealed and Rey’s parents were said to be no one of great significance. Even composer John Williams thinks there’s more to Rey’s parents than The Last Jedi let on, and now Pegg has confirmed that there originally was.

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Pegg appeared on the Happy Sad Confused podcast where he revealed some interesting information concerning the identity of Rey’s parents, as Abrams had originally planned:

“Well I know what J.J. kind of intended, or at least what was sort of being chucked around. I think that’s kind of been undone slightly by [The Last Jedi]. I don’t know. I don’t know (laughs). I think Unkar Plutt is Rey’s real father.

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Not only has Pegg appeared in both The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but he has a long history of working with Abrams thanks to Star Trek and Mission: Impossible III. As such, it seems safe to assume Abrams clued Pegg into his plans for Rey’s parentage. After all, the question of who the new Force user was related to has been a big deal since The Force Awakens was released. Not to mention, as Pegg played Unkar Plutt, the slaver who Rey’s parents gave her to, it’s likely Abrams told the actor a bit more about the character’s history. As Pegg put it:

“There was some talk about, you know, a kind of relevant lineage for her. But I honestly don’t know, and I don’t know if anybody knows. We shall see.”

Though things could have been very different in The Last Jedi, not everyone is eager to see Rey revealed as a Skywalker or Kenobi. The Force exists in all living things, and Rey’s power was a testament to the idea that anyone could become skilled in the ways of the Force even if they didn’t have one of a handful of special names. Though Johnson’s film may have its flaws, his impetus to change the direction of the Star Wars universe may have been the right one for the franchise’s survival. Audiences will get to see how he does when he’s untethered from an established series soon, as Johnson aims to capture the Star Wars spirit in his upcoming trilogy.

In the meantime, fans will get to see what it’s like for Abrams to return to Star Wars and finish what he started. Nothing that’s been done so far can’t be altered in some way, as Kylo could have simply been lying about Rey’s parents. Still, the options for who she could be related to are limited. The Reylo relationship would seem to rule out her being a Skywalker, if nothing else so that the incestuous undercurrent from the Original Trilogy isn’t repeated. That means the only real option is she’s a descendant of Obi-Wan Kenobi, which would hardly be a shocking reveal. But with two years before the final entry in the new Star Wars trilogy arrives, we will have to wait awhile to find out for certain.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has explained why so many scenes featuring Finn were taken out. While the Star Wars series is no stranger to dividing reaction (think George Lucas’ prequel trilogy), The Last Jedi has proven to be arguably the most divisive of all. The movie scored high with critics upon release, but it didn’t take long for a vocal fan backlash to hit the film.

A number of fans took issue with how the movie dealt with mysteries set up in The Force Awakens, such as the identity of Supreme Leader Snoke and Rey’s parents. Most of their anger was directed at how the story depicted Luke Skywalker as a bitter, disillusioned old man who only takes action in the final act. It wasn’t the heroic return many wished for, and while many found the film’s subversion of expectations refreshing, it seems the movie is likely to inspire lively debate for some time to come.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi also made the decision to split the storylines of Rey and Finn, whose budding friendship was a big part of what made The Force Awakens work. While Rey is being trained by Luke, Finn teams up with newcomer Rose for a casino subplot that some critics felt extraneous. Finn was also the focus of a number of deleted scenes, including an alternate fight scene with Captain Phasma and an awkward encounter with a stormtrooper played by Tom Hardy. In a new interview with Digital Spy, Johnson explained why a number of Finn’s scenes had to go:

A lot of the Finn scenes that were cut are connective material. For instance, there’s a scene where he’s on the ship, and BB-8 comes in and shows him… basically, BB-8 shows him a recording he made of Rey saying goodbye to him. That’s when he decides, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to go save Rey’.In a scene like that, it was totally lovely. But once we realised that we could take it out and the audience would know he’s holding Rey’s beacon, and ‘oh, he’s going to save her’, and they would make that leap – suddenly, you can’t justify that scene being there.

Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico and John Boyega as Finn in Star Wars The Last Jedi The Last Jedi Director Explains Why So Many Finn Scenes Were Cut

The director was quick to point out that while some Finn scenes had to go to keep the momentum, it was nothing to do with Boyega’s performance:

I think as opposed to Rey, where somebody like Rey had longer sequences on the island that were with Luke – with Finn, because his was a little more plotty in terms of it, there were more little scenes like that where we were like, ‘Oh, we can do without this, we can do without that’, and have his character arc still hold up. You can see it in the deleted scenes, he’s freaking fantastic. John Boyega at his worst is better than most people at their best.

The Last Jedi had to cut out a number of sequences, including the final part of Rey’s training and Luke reflecting on Han Solo’s death – a scene Mark Hamill recently said he wished had made the movie. Still, the film doesn’t ultimately miss the deleted Finn scenes because the story works just as well without them, as Johnson noted.

Fans disappointed by Star Wars: The Last Jedi won’t have to wait long for the next movie, with Solo: A Star Wars Story arriving in theaters in May. That movie has suffered some high-profile setbacks along the way, but after being kept under wraps for a long time, a recent trailer seemed to ease fears surrounding the film.

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A scene from the official novelization of Star Wars: The Last Jedi not only depicts the funeral of Han Solo – it also offering a hint at what fans can expect to see in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The galaxy’s most beloved scoundrel met his end in The Force Awakens. Han’s estranged son Ben Solo truly embraced the Dark Side of the Force as Kylo Ren when he murdered his own father on Starkiller Base. The mad scramble of events between the Resistance’s destruction of the First Order’s newest planet-killer and the rebels’ evacuation of their base on D’Qar at the start of Episode VIII left director Rian Johnson with no time to depict Han’s friends and family burying their fallen comrade.

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In The Last Jedi novelization, author Jason Fry details that cathartic missing moment where the Resistance gathers to lay Han Solo to rest prior to evacuating D’Qar. Of course, Han’s wife General Leia Organa fittingly speaks at the funeral on his behalf. Leia’s eulogy evokes her deep love of Han and shows that she truly understood what kind of complex but fiercely heroic man her husband was:

I once told Han that it was tiresome watching him do the right thing only after he’d exhausted every alternative. But sooner or later, he’d get there. Because Han hated bullies, and injustice, and cruelty – and when confronted with them, he could never stand down. Not in his youth on Corellia, not above Yavin, not on Endor, and not at Starkiller base.

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It’s intriguing that Leia brings up Han’s youth on Corellia, where he learned to be a pilot, with his goal to be the “best in the galaxy.” Leia didn’t meet Han until he was an adult, but this offers further insight from the princess on how well she truly knew Solo and the life he lived:

Han fancied himself a scoundrel. But he wasn’t. He loved freedom – for himself, certainly, but for everyone else in the galaxy, too. And time after time, he was willing to fight for that freedom. He didn’t want to know the odds in that fight – because he’d already made up his mind that he’d prevail. And time after time, somehow he did.

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Besides being a touching eulogy that tugs at the heartstrings, Leia’s speech hypes fans up to see Han in Solo as that rebellious youth with a secret heart of gold she describes. The princess touched on the famous facade Han perfected: that he feigned being someone who only cared about himself but in truth, he was a man who “hated bullies, injustice, and cruelty.” After all, Solo will show fans this heart of gold is what caused Han to meet Chewbacca, who would become his most loyal friend-for-life, and the many relationships he made along the way. Han definitely relished his bad boy notoriety, but deep down, he really cared about people – so much that he committed most of his life fighting for freedom for the entire galaxy.

The Last Jedi novelization’s brief funeral scene is not only a fitting farewell to Han Solo – it’s also a clever way for story elements of the last two Star Wars movies to bridge to the next Star Wars movie. It’s great to see the franchise’s synergy in providing bookends to the life of Han Solo as we prepare to meet the beloved scoundrel again in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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It appears that Prince William and Prince Harry were cut from Star Wars: The Last Jedi because they were too tall. While the film won’t earn nearly as much money as its predecessor The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi is still a monster hit for Disney and Lucasfilm, earning more than $1.325 billion worldwide to date, with nearly $617 million of that tally coming from domestic ticket sales. Both its global and stateside sales were enough to push The Last Jedi into the top 10 highest grossing films of all time, with a No. 9 ranking on the global chart and No. 6 on the domestic list.

The distinct rankings are no doubt a feather in the caps of all those involved, from writer-director Rian Johnson to his impressive ensemble cast, including Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac. Even background artists can boast that they were in one of the highest-grossing films of all time, whether they were one of the decked-out players on the gambling planet of Canto Bight or one of the stormtroopers commanded by Captain Phasma of the First Order.

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Sadly, Princes William and Harry will not be able to ever point out their contribution to the film, because the cameo appearances by the British royals hit the cutting room floor. Both concealed as stormtroopers, it appears there was a distinct reason their cameo scene had to go. According to The Telegraph, William, who is 6’2″ and Harry, who is 6’1″, exceeded height requirements to be stormtrooper. A source tells the publication, “Stormtroopers have to be exactly 5 ft 11 in. At the time we shot it I think the feeling was that the scene would make the final movie. The scene just didn’t work for the final cut so it was left out.”

Prince Harry With Chewbacca on the set of Star Wars The Last Jedi The Last Jedi Cut Princes William & Harry Cameos Due to Their Height

Even though stormtroopers are no longer clones, it appears that the First Order wants to keep things uniform anyway, and in this case, the distinctive height difference between William & Harry and the other stormtroopers would have been too noticeable. In case you are wondering, the princes appeared in a scene alongside Benicio Del Toro’s codebreaker, DJ.

Although William and Harry didn’t make the final cut, they can’t feel too bad. After all, how many people have the chance to visit the set of a Star Wars film, much less have a cameo in it? On top of that, they got to don some stormtrooper armor for a while, and probably much to their relief, blend in with everybody else and not attract so much attention for a change – that is, until somebody inevitably asked, “Aren’t you a little tall for a stormtrooper?”

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson briefly considered creating an ending for General Leia Organa following Carrie Fisher’s passing. The franchise icon, who played the character in five films, died in December 2016 after suffering a heart attack. Though she had completed filming all of her Episode VIII scenes beforehand, the tragedy raised several questions about how Lucasfilm should handle Leia moving forward. The studio originally planned Episode IX to focus on her, much like how Han Solo and Luke Skywalker were at the center of the sequel trilogy’s first two installments.

In the build-up to The Last Jedi, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed Leia’s role would not be changed, meaning Fisher’s final performance would be seen as it was intended to be. However, this was not a decision made lightly. In the immediate aftermath of the actress’ death, Johnson and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy had conversations about what they could do, including manufacturing a conclusion for her storyline.

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Speaking with Empire, Johnson discussed the process and why he felt it was important to leave Leia’s part intact without any alterations:

“We discussed it briefly, and I spoke with Kathy (Kennedy, producer and Lucasfilm boss) when we came back after New Year’s. We watched through her scenes and there was briefly talk of, ‘god, do we adjust something so that we give her some kind of end in this movie?’ I felt strongly that we shouldn’t do that for a couple of reasons. We have a beautiful, complete performance from her, and that final moment is so powerful for her, and for us saying goodbye to her. And also, I can’t imagine anything that we would be able to manufacture without having Carrie that would’ve been emotionally satisfying. I definitely I have no idea what would maintain that scene between her and Luke, or the scene in the Falcon. So we just decided to let it lie. I know J.J.’s going to come up with a way to resolve her in the next movie.”

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Reflecting on The Last Jedi, it’s difficult to say what changes could have been made. Several key scenes in the third act are more impactful with Leia’s presence, such as Luke Skywalker’s arrival on Crait and the General’s final conversation with Rey. It was comforting to hear Leia say the Rebellion had everything they needed, reaffirming the film’s overarching message of hope. Simply put, Leia had to be there in order for Episode VIII to keep its flow and momentum. If Johnson had ended her story early on, there would have been a void too great to fill. Lucasfilm has had enough trouble ironing out Episode IX without their princess; it’s impossible to think how they could have revised The Last Jedi in the midst of post-production to account for real-life.

As Johnson indicates, it’ll be up to Episode IX helmsman J.J. Abrams to find a poignant way to end Leia’s story. With CGI recreation already off the table and recasting not even a remote possibility, odds are the General will be written out of Star Wars 9, which is arguably the least controversial option available. The Abrams-produced Star Trek Beyond dealt with something similar in regards to how it integrated Leonard Nimoy’s death into the narrative, so perhaps Lucasfilm could use that as a template. This would allow Leia’s presence to still be felt, even though she will not physically be there.

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Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi is now in the top 10 highest-grossing films of all-time at the worldwide box office. The highly-anticipated sequel to J.J. Abrams’ 2015 film and box office record-holder, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, marks the second installment in Lucasfilm’s Star Wars sequel trilogy and one that’s already on its way to becoming one of the industry’s biggest blockbuster earners ever.

The Last Jedi hit theaters one month ago, in mid-December 2017, and in that time, it has already passed Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast to become 2017’s highest-grossing movie at the domestic box office, as well as the fourth movie to cross the coveted billion-dollar mark that year alone. Since then, it has raked in even more money in the new year, which has allowed it to pass Iron Man 3′s worldwide gross of $1.214 billion. And now, it has crossed yet another major milestone.

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According to Box Office Mojo, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has earned an estimated $591.5 million at home so far, with another $673.4 million coming from international markets. Combined, that brings Episode VIII‘s total to over $1.264 billion globally, which not only puts the film past 2017’s Beauty and the Beast ($1.263 billion) but also makes it the tenth highest-grossing film ever to release. The Last Jedi now has its sights set to cross 2013’s Frozen ($1.276 billion) and 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 ($1.341 billion).

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This news follows The Last Jedi being removed from the vast majority of theaters in China – a whopping 92 percent drop rate – due to poor audience turnout for the sci-fi/fantasy blockbuster. The film had the lowest-grossing opening weekend in the country of all three Star Wars movies released under Walt Disney Studios’ oversight: The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and The Last Jedi. At the moment, it’s difficult to tell how well Episode VIII will continue to perform overseas, and if its poor attendance in China will greatly affect the film’s chances at breaking into the top 5 highest-grossing films of all-time (of which it will need at least $1.518 billion).

At $1.264 billion worldwide, though, The Last Jedi is already one of the biggest movies ever to hit the big screen. And now, all sights are turning to Abrams’ forthcoming Star Wars: Episode IX – the presumed final chapter in the long-running Skywalker saga. But for now, if Star Wars: The Last Jedi is to crack the top 5 highest-grossing movies of all-time, it just needs to stay on target.

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Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi presale tickets are starting to gain ground in China. Rian Johnson’s long-awaited sequel to J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens hit theaters worldwide in mid-December and expanded Lucasfilm’s Star Wars sequel trilogy in more ways than one, continuing the story left off with Abrams’ 2015 film while also laying the groundwork for the filmmaker to return for the trilogy’s final chapter, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019.

The Last Jedi has been in theaters for just over two weeks and it has already garnered a substantial sum at the box office, becoming one of the year’s top-grossing films. It surpassed Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast to become 2017’s highest grossing movie at the domestic box office with approximately $517 million under its belt (and still counting). And while it’s already passed the billion-dollar mark globally, it’s still behind the year’s highest-grossing films, such as The Fate of the Furious, but that may soon change.

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Forbes reports that Star Wars: The Last Jedi presale tickets in China are now up to RMB 3 million, which translates into approximately $500,000 USD. While that may not seem like much, the film’s presale tickets were at just RMB 1.7 million yesterday. It nearly doubled in one day. With RMB 3 million, The Last Jedi‘s presale numbers are now ahead of Thor: Ragnarok‘s numbers at the same period prior to release, while being relatively on par with Justice League.

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Thor: Ragnarok ultimately went on to gross $51.8 million over its opening weekend in China, whereas Justice League scored $52.1 million during its opening frame. Considering that The Last Jedi is currently ahead of both those films in terms of presale tickets, it should gross more than $50 million when it opens in China next weekend, on January 5, 2018. However, it’s unclear how much the film will gross overall throughout its theatrical run in the foreign market.

In comparison, The Force Awakens opened to $52.34 million in China when it hit theaters on January 6, 2016, and it went on to gross a total of $124.15 million in the country. Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, on the other hand, opened to just $30 million when it released in the same time frame in 2017, and it went on to garner a grand total of $69.48 million. Considering that The Last Jedi has underperformed in major Asian markets thus far, it’s not expected to top Force Awakens‘ total gross. But we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

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An upcoming comic book will reveal the backstory behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi character DJ, played by Benicio del Toro. The Star Wars franchise has always been about the battle between good and evil. The movies acknowledge the relationship between the light and the dark, and the stories are often about the characters choosing one side or the other. But in The Last Jedi the character of DJ was introduced, and he might actually fall somewhere in the middle.

So far, audiences do not know very much about DJ. He’s a self-proclaimed code breaker who Finn, Rose, and BB-8 meet on Canto Bight – in jail no less. He makes it clear from the start that he is a selfish person who will help anyone for a price, including both the rebellion and The First Order. There are moments when DJ reveals a potentially kind heart, such as when he returned Rose’s necklace to her. And moments where he seems heartless, such as when he convinced Rose to give up the necklace in the first place. He advises Finn not to take a side in the war, simply to take care of himself. And of course, when captured by The First Order, DJ willingly sacrifices Rose, Finn, and every other rebel in order to survive.


And so far, that is really all that audiences know about the character. Almost nothing about his backstory or who he really is was revealed in the film – not even his name (that came from supplementary info). Audiences are left with only what they saw and what DJ told them. But now the Star Wars Official Site has revealed that a one-shot comic book titled Star Wars: The Last Jedi – DJ #1 will be released on January 31, 2018 that tells DJ’s story prior to his incarceration on Canto Bight.

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According to co-writer Ben Blacker, the comic will take readers right up to the moment the film introduced DJ and give some insight into his complicated worldview. This is not the first time extra information has been revealed about a Star Wars character in comic books. BB-8’s girlfriend, how C-3PO got his red arm, and the story of how Captain Phasma escaped Starkiller Base are all stories left out of the films but told in comic book form.

Since DJ was last seen flying away safely in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it is entirely possible that he could reappear in Star Wars 9. In a story that so often is about characters choosing either the light or the dark, having a character who refuses to make a choice adds quite an interesting twist to the tale. Though if he does return, maybe DJ will finally face a situation where he has to pick a side once and for all.


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Could the original plan for the story of Star Wars: Episode IX have seen Leia accepting the role of Jedi Master, training Rey, and being the one to bring the Jedi back to the galaxy?

The Last Jedi may be making its mark on the box office, just like The Force Awakens and Rogue One before it, but in recent memory, the typical moviegoer thought the franchise was dead. Sure, The Clone Wars animated series was slowly getting more appreciation as it went along and there were the typical Star Wars books, comics, and videogames landing on a regular basis, but after the divisive reception of the prequels, live-action Star Wars seemed to be a thing of the past.

Related: What Happens Between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens?

Even after George Lucas sold the franchise to Disney, the home of the well-received Marvel Cinematic Universe, it took a while for many fans to be convinced that getting new Star Wars movies was a good thing – at least until it was confirmed that the original cast of Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill were returning. Their presence may not have allayed all concerns, but the promise of continuing the story of fan-favorite characters from the original trilogy in an aesthetic dominated by the real sets and practical effects that popularized the franchise in the first place really got people paying attention.

As it ended up playing out, Luke hardly had an on-screen role is The Force Awakens, as much of the plot centered around the quest to find him to get him to join the fight again. Leia was more prominent, but even she didn’t have much of an arc. Instead, The Force Awakens was Han Solo’s chance to shine, bringing Rey and Finn into the Resistance and sacrificing himself to try and save his son.

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For The Last Jedi, it was finally Luke’s turn. The disgraced Jedi Master got a quite a bit more focus, also sacrificing himself to Kylo Ren to save the resistance, making his sister the sole survivor of the original trio. While she got a respectable story arc in The Last JediEpisode IX was supposed to be her movie. Unfortunately, Carrie Fisher tragically passed away at the end of 2016. She had completed all her work on The Last Jedi, but Episode IX‘s production hadn’t started yet. Since Lucasfilm is unlikely to recast the role or recreate her with CGI, we may have seen the last of live-action Leia.

Instead of altering the story of The Last Jedi to edit Leia’s story to create a sensible end for the character, like Furious 7 did for Paul Walker, Rian Johnson wanted her final performance to stand as intended, putting the difficult task of writing out Leia on the shoulders of then Episode IX writer and director, Colin Trevorrow, and the script was thrown out and started from scratch again. Fans already had concerns about Trevorrow, and it appears they may have been well founded, as Trevorrow ended up being removed from the project and J.J. Abrams was brought in, with Batman v Superman writer Chris Terrio, to pen the saga’s final chapter.

Related: Why Chris Terrio is the Perfect Writer For Star Wars: Episode 9

There’s no official information available regarding the plan for Leia in IX was, but based on where her character is at the end of The Last Jedi and the little information we have from the original plan for IX, we can put together a pretty good idea of what IX could have done.

Given, as Rian Johnson showed with The Last Jedi, fan theories don’t always pan out, so there’s no knowing exactly what IX would have done until it’s officially stated, but one thing’s for sure, whatever the story was, it had a lot to do with Leia, and we’re not going to see it in live-action.

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WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Rian Johnson briefly considered bringing Lando Calrissian back for Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi. Billy Dee Williams played the smuggler-turned-Rebellion General, and former owner of the Millennium Falcon, in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, but his current whereabouts are unknown in Lucasfilm’s Star Wars sequel trilogy. He hasn’t been mentioned once in either J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens or The Last Jedi.

Given that the Resistance is at the edge of their rope in both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, it would make sense for Lando to be fighting alongside his friends and former allies – including his former co-pilot, Nien Nunb – in their battle with the First Order, but that wasn’t the case. Han Solo (Harrison Ford) went back to smuggling, and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) sought out the first Jedi temple not only to live out the rest of his days but to end the Jedi Order as well. So, there wasn’t any room for Lando to come back. But considering that the First Order now reigns across the galaxy, perhaps now is the best time to bring Han’s old buddy back into the fold. As it turns out, Johnson initially thought the same thing, but he couldn’t make it work.

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In an interview with Yahoo! Movies, Rian Johnson said he considered bringing back Lando Calrissian for The Last Jedi, possibly for the role of the master codebreaker that Finn (John Boyega) and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) try to find on the casino planet Canto Bight but, instead, come across another code-breaker, DJ (Benicio del Toro).

Benicio Del Toro as DJ in Star Wars The Last Jedi The Last Jedi: Rian Johnson Considered Bringing Lando Back

“Believe me I thought about [bringing Lando back], believe me, I did, and it just wouldn’t work. For reasons I can’t really talk about without getting into spoilers, Lando even in the position of any… just specific story reasons that he would not have worked, like in the capacity of the DJ part – Benicio’s part – there’s a reason that had to be a new character and couldn’t just be Lando.”

Interestingly, though, Hamill thought having Lando as the master code-breaker who plays at high-stakes tables on Canto Bight would be brilliant. After all, Lando is quite the gambler.

“Han Solo won the Millennium Falcon in a game of chance [with Lando]. You’d think he’d be the casino boss. I love Billy Dee Williams, and you’re right, I think anyone who’s still around that had anything to do with the original trilogy deserves to come back in some way.”

Considering that Lando never showed much inclination for code-breaking, Johnson’s reasons certainly make sense with regard to the overarching narrative, but it’s hard not to think that the film’s last act doesn’t set up a way for Billy Dee Williams to return to the fold as Lando Calrissian in Abrams’ upcoming sequel, Star Wars: Episode IX. For now, though, Star Wars fans can look forward to seeing Donald Glover portray a young Lando in Ron Howard’s 2018 film, Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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