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Star Wars: The Last Jedi home-entertainment release will include 2 hours of bonus footage, 4K confirmed

It’s theatrical run is still going strong – having just become the highest-grossing release of 2017 – but Disney and Lucasfilm are now preparing for the home-entertainment release of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and according to a post on Facebook, we can expect a whopping two hours of bonus footage, deleted scenes and other special feature content. And that’s not all, as it will also be the first Star Wars movie to receive a 4K Ultra HD release!

Director Rian Johnson has previously revealed that his first cut of The Last Jedi was three hours long, and has detailed some of the deleted scenes, which hopefully we’ll get on the home video release.

See Also: Star Wars: The Last Jedi deleted scene description reveals Luke Skywalker’s third lesson to Rey

See Also: Rian Johnson on why he didn’t explain Snoke’s backstory in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi becomes 2017’s highest-grossing movie as the franchise passes $9 billion

It was always inevitable really, but now it’s official: Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the highest-grossing release of 2017, with Episode VIII pushing its global total to $1.2649 billion, surpassing the $1.2635 billion haul of fellow Disney title Beauty and the Beast.

The Last Jedi is the second-highest grossing Star Wars movie after 2015’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which pulled in $2.0682 billion. In total, the Star Wars franchise has now earned a whopping $9.03 billion, and has Solo: A Star Wars Story incoming this May to boost that total even further. It still trails the Marvel Cinematic Universe by a considerable amount though – with the superhero series having earned in excess of $13.5 billion, making it the biggest franchise in history.

The Last Jedi is now the tenth highest-grossing release of all time, and should go on to surpass Frozen ($1.2765 billion) and perhaps even Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($1.3415 billion) before it ends its run.
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Rian Johnson on why he didn’t explain Snoke’s backstory in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

After introducing the mysterious character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans spent the next two years debating the identity and origin of Supreme Leader Snoke. However, those who were expecting answers in Star Wars: The Last Jedi will have been disappointed that director Rian Johnson opted against delving into the villainous dark side user’s past, choosing instead to kill him off at the hands of Kylo Ren as the former Ben Solo took his position as Supreme Leader of the First Order.

Speaking during a BAFTA Q&A (via ComicBookMovie), Johnson explained why he decided against delving into Snoke’s backstory in The Last Jedi, leaving the door open for it to be explored elsewhere:

“In this particular story, it’s much more like the Original Trilogy, where with Snoke if you think about the actual scenes, if suddenly I had paused one of the scenes to give
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Lucasfilm breaks down Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Easter eggs in new video

A video has arrived online for Star Wars: The Last Jedi which sees the Lucasfilm Story Group’s Leland Chee, Pablo Hidalgo, Matt Martin, and Rayne Roberts revealing and discussing the Easter eggs hidden within the blockbuster sequel; check it out here…

See Also: Rian Johnson explains why Luke’s lightsaber was blue and not green in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi sees returning cast members Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma
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Rian Johnson explains why Luke’s lightsaber was blue and not green in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Rian Johnson has explained why it was that Luke used a blue lightsaber in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and not his green one.

The Last Jedi is marching on at the global box office and is still dividing fans between those that loved it and those that are straight up offended by it.

One thing The Last Jedi has done quite unanimously is create a lot of questions, such as why did Luke use his father’s blue lightsaber in his duel with Kylo Ren instead of his green one from Return of the Jedi.

For some, this was an obvious hint that Luke was actually using a powerful force projection technique against Kylo, because surely the famed Jedi couldn’t be using Anakin’s broken saber. Luckily, director Rian Johnson has explained what happened to IGN:

“[Luke] is basically tailoring this projection to have maximum effect on Kylo.
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Mark Hamill talks about the original ending of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

According to Mark Hamill, Star Wars: The Force Awakens had a slightly different ending than the one fans received. One small change, but a change that would have had great implications for Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi. In an interview with Mtime, Hamill talks about this alternate ending, and how his opinion of it changed upon reading Star Wars: The Last Jedi for the first time:

“When we were doing [The Force Awakens], Rian said, ‘Oh and by the way we might have a couple of boulders floating to show your Force emanating’, so I was led to believe that I still had the Force and it was really strong in me… When I read [The Last Jedi] before VII came out, I said ‘what?” and called J.J. or Rian to say, ‘Are you guys aware of this? Have you seen a cut? Is there floating boulders?’ And they said, ‘No, we caught that
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John Williams will be returning for Star Wars: Episode IX

In what is the least surprising news on the planet, but still very exciting: legendary composer John Williams is planning on returning for Star Wars: Episode IX. During an interview with Variety, Williams reveals that he has confirmed to director Jj Abrams that he would be returning for the as-of-yet untitled Star Wars sequel. In the interview, Williams specifically states: “I would very much like to complete that.”

Obviously, this comes as no surprise. George Lucas has always said that John Williams’ music was the secret to the Star Wars films, and the franchise would feel very strange without him. John Williams’ music has been one of the best aspects of the new trilogy (looking at you Rey’s Theme!), and this next film should prove no different.

See Also: Daisy Ridley was moved to tears by Colin Trevorrow’s Star Wars: Episode IX pitch

Williams has also recently been
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi wins fourth weekend at Japan box office

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has hit $55 million at the Japanese box office and in turn wins its fourth weekend.

Rian Johnson’s sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to divide fans but the sci-fi adventure also continues to bring in significant amounts of cash across the global box office.

One place where the film is still performing well is in Japan, one of the biggest markets in the world. So far The Last Jedi has managed to bring in $55 million with 4.1 million admissions (via Variety).

For comparison, The Force Awakens managed a massive $97.8 million in 2015 and Rogue One collected $39 million.

To date, The Last Jedi’s international taking is $646 million combining with a domestic sum of $574 million for a total haul of $1.2 billion.

In North America the film is currently bringing in similar numbers per day as Rogue One at the same period, indicating that The Last
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Frank Oz on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson’s genius, and the Yoda’s “backwards talking”

Warning: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow…

Frank Oz has spoken about Yoda’s surprise appearance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and how he would once get bored of the character’s style of speech.

Yoda is of course one of the most beloved Star Wars characters there is, stemming back from his first appearance in The Empire Strikes Back. Speaking during a Reddit Ama, Frank Oz, the man behind the puppet and Yoda’s voice actor, commented on the character’s varying frequency of “backwards talking”.

“I would get bored of what you called his backward talking if there was not a real, serious reason behind it,” Oz told a Reddit user. “And there is a real, serious reason for his talking like that. But there are a lot of questions waiting.”

Oz also spoke about Yoda’s appearance in The Last Jedi, specifically about working
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Rian Johnson talks about Luke’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi fate and involvement in Episode IX

Warning: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow…

One of the biggest issues fans have taken with The Last Jedi is how it dealt with the character of Luke Skywalker, including the character’s apparent death at the film’s end.

Of course death isn’t quite the same for a Jedi as it is for everyone else and director Rian Johnson has spoken to Huffington Post about what this all means.

“I don’t want to get too explicit, because I like people being able to have their own interpretations,” Johnson remarked, “but I think definitely the act of what he does at the end literally just takes everything out of him. That’s a huge thing. Also … he’s having his final act be something of myth-making in a way.

“It does go back a little bit to what he said at the beginning [of The Last Jedi]. ‘What do you
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi climbs to $1.2 billion worldwide

Despite a rather disappointing opening of just $28.7 million in China, Disney and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi has now pushed its global haul to $1.205 billion.

The Rian Johnson-directed sequel slipped to third in the domestic box office chart this weekend behind Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Insidious: The Last Key, but still managed to push its North American haul to $572.5 million. Internationally, it has earned a further $632.7 million.

The Last Jedi is now the thirteenth-biggest worldwide release of all time, but still trails fellow 2017 releases Beauty and the Beast ($1.264 billion) and The Fate of the Furious ($1.236 billion), although it will have presumably overtaken both of those by this time next weekend.

See Also: Read all of the latest Star Wars news in The Week in Star Wars

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi disappointing at China box office

It seems the force isn’t very strong in the Middle Kingdom, as Star Wars: The Last Jedi looks set to struggle at the Chinese box office with an opening weekend of around just $5 million.

THR is reporting that Episode VIII grossed $560,000 in midnight takings on Thursday night, and will likely finish the weekend in second place behind the homegrown comedy The Ex-File 3: The Return of the Exes, which is expected to gross around $11.5 million in its second weekend.

Historically, the Star Wars saga has struggled somewhat in China, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuting to $2,5 million in midnight previews – a far cry from the record $8.7 million set by The Fate of the Furious.

The Force Awakens pulled in a total of $124.2 million in China in 2015, while Rogue One: A Star Wars Story earned $69.5 million.

Disney and Lucasfilm will likely not be too concerned however, as The Last
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"Star Wars: The Last Jedi"

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Sneak Peek more new images, plus footage from director Rian Johnson's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", the sequel to "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", with box office earnings to date of $531,511,829 in North America and $523,300,000 foreign, for a Worldwide gross of $1,054,811,829:

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" aka "Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi"...

...is the second film in Disney's "Star Wars" sequel trilogy...

...following "Star Wars: The Force Awakens "(2015).

The film is produced by Lucasfilm, that was purchased for $4 billion in 2012...

...and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" was announced after Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm, October 2012...

...arranged by Ram Bergman and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

John Williams composed the score.

Cast includes Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley...

...John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson...

...Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis...

...Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran.
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How Star Wars: The Last Jedi brought back that classic character to the big screen

Warning. Major spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow…

The Last Jedi was full of surprises, from shocking deaths to interesting character developments, not all of which went over well with fans. One nice surprise, however, was the return of Yoda, who appeared as a force ghost to Luke before seemingly burning the sacred Jedi texts.

Those familiar with the series will know that Yoda was first seen as a puppet in the Original Trilogy but was later created with CGI for the prequel films. Neal Scanlon, The Last Jedi’s creature creative supervisor, knew which look was the most iconic and wanted to make it apart of the film.

Speaking to Nerdist, Scanlon revealed the creative process behind bringing Yoda back to the screen:

“To know that we were going to have Yoda, we just said, ‘Look we need to go back and look at The Empire Strikes Back,
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi has cracked the top 20 highest grossing films of all time

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has made its way into the top 20 highest grossing films ever at the worldwide box office.

Rian Johnson’s follow up to The Force Awakens was met with near universal praise by critics but has deeply divided fans since it has hit cinemas. While some fans aren’t as in love with the picture as Lucasfilm would hope, the film is still pulling in massive numbers at the box office.

Having assembled a mighty $539 million dollars in North America and $563 million overseas, The Last Jedi now has a combined global haul of $1.103 billion (via Box Office Mojo).

This all means that The Last Jedi is inside the 20 highest grossing films of all time at the global box office and it’s not finished yet. The film will likely finish somewhere around the $1.5 billion mark which would place it inside the top seven.

The Last Jedi
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi IMAX poster showcases Kylo Ren, Snoke and the Praetorian Guard

AMC Theaters has revealed their final IMAX poster for Star Wars: The Last Jedi featuring Supreme Leader Snoke, Kylo Ren and a group of Praetorian Guards. It is available exclusively this Sunday at the cinema chain when viewing the blockbuster sequel in IMAX; check it out here…

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi sees returning cast members Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix), Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke), Peter Mayhew and Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi holds off Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at the New Year’s weekend box office

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle couldn’t quite pull off the upset over the four day New Year’s weekend as Star Wars: The Last Jedi retains its top spot at the box office.

Early estimates for the weekend had The Last Jedi winning the traditional weekend but being pipped to first place by the Jumanji sequel over the four day weekend. This, however, didn’t come to pass, as The Last Jedi found its way to victory.

Earning an estimated $68.4 million, The Last Jedi just held on to its top spot, beating Jumanji: Welcome to Jungle’s impressive $66.5 million. Jumanji’s total now sits at a much better than expected $185.7 million in North America and $350 million worldwide.

The near $70 million New Year’s weekend by Star Wars: The Last Jedi takes the film’s domestic total to a colossus $533.1 million and past the $1 billion mark globally.

See Also: Rey
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Rey’s parentage is still a wide open subject for Star Wars: Episode IX, according to Rian Johnson

Warning. Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow…

It may have been disappointing for some to learn that all of the fuss over Rey’s parentage proved to be much ado about nothing in Rian Johnson’s incredibly divisive Star Wars: The Last Jedi. While some felt that this moment was incredibly powerful, and all-too-true to life — mainly, that sometimes there is no greater reason for the way our life turns out — while others felt this moment was a betrayal, and ruined all of the mysteries that J.J. Abrams created in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Not so fast though: according to Rian Johnson, the case of Rey’s parentage is still open. In an interview with the Huffington Post, he said something interesting:

“What’s going to make life hardest on her? It would be the big ‘I am your father’ twist [from The Empire Strikes Back]. And same thing with Rey and her parentage.
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Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren battle it out in 16-Bit

YouTuber Mr Sunday Movies has released a new video from animated John Stratman, which features a 16-Bit remake of the climactic battle from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as Luke Skywalker faces off with the forces of the First Order, before duelling his nephew Ben Solo, a.k.a. Kylo Ren. Check it out here…

See Also: Star Wars: The Last Jedi crosses $1 billion worldwide

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi sees returning cast members Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Gwendoline Christie
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Rumour: Rian Johnson to begin shooting the first of his new Star Wars trilogy in June

Back in November it was announced that Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is developing his very own, brand new Star Wars trilogy, with “all the freedom in the world” to create a story separate from the main Skywalker saga.

Johnson has since said that he’s at the “very beginning” stages of planning the new movies, but if a report from the Daily Record is to be believed, it seems that development may be a little further along than expected.

According to the newspaper, Lucasfilm has earmarked the Rest and Be Thankful, a historic pass between Loch Long and Loch Awe, as a location for the first of the new movies, and is looking to shoot scenes there and at other locations around Scotland beginning in June of this year.

Now, it’s possible that the report is simply speculation, or the outlet could be confusing the
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