The opening crawl of every Star Wars movie doesn’t just tell fans about the state of the galaxy at that very moment, but it also acts as an iconic visual to go along with John Williams’ masterful score. While Rogue One: A Star Wars Story didn’t have one (as it was a standalone origins tale), every chapter of the main franchise does. Director Rian Johnson has revealed what the opening word for Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be.
It’s a very vague word, but as is always the case with these opening crawls, we usually need at least a full first sentence to place them into context. Given that the title of the movie is singular, what’s worth noting is that Johnson’s movie will be built around a master-and-apprentice dynamic: Rey is being trained by Luke Skywalker, while Kylo Ren furthers his sinister tutelage under Supreme Leader Snoke. Perhaps this team-up dynamic could tie into the opening word.
The reveal came on Friday on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where the director and the cast divulged their on-set adventures in making the follow-up to J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens — touching on the secrecy of a Star Wars plot, Mark Hamill poking fun at Harrison Ford, Laura Dern’s love of Chewbacca, Oscar Isaac and John Boyega’s stances on the new cuddly creatures known as Porgs and, lastly, if plans are afoot for Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian to return.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, written and directed by Rian Johnson, opens in theaters Dec. 15 and stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Benicio Del Toro as ‘DJ’, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo and the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa.
(via The A.V. Club)
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