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CONTENTS SPECIAL December 2017

Welcome to People’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi special issue! This deep dive into the epic saga’s Episode VIII (in theaters Dec. 15) features exclusive interviews, photos and secrets from the set. Porgs included.

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SNEAK PEEK

From Luke and Rey’s meeting to Kylo Ren on a rampage, get a look at intense moments from The Last Jedi.

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ALL ABOUT THE STARS

Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and more return, while newcomers Kelly Marie Tran, Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern join the saga. Plus: a special tribute to Carrie Fisher.

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THE FIRST JEDIS

Legends of the series, including George Lucas, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill, reunite.

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DROIDS

BB-8 has competition this time around as the malevolent BB-9E rolls onto the scene.

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PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Rich Battista CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER Alan Murray

EDITOR IN CHIEF Jess Cagle

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DEPUTY EDITOR J.D. Heyman

THE GALACTIC POWERS

These visionaries fuel the Star Wars engine.

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THE FANS

Dressed as stormtroopers, Darth and Leia, superfans from around the world marched through this year’s Star Wars Celebration convention.

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Even after the success of The Force Awakens, Ridley says, “the jitters were very much still there” when she returned for The Last Jedi.

SENIOR EDITOR Samantha Miller ENTERTAINMENT PROJECTS EDITOR Mary Green EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR Andrea Dunham DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Catriona Ni Aolain DESIGN DIRECTOR Phoebe Weekes

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DEPUTY DESIGN DIRECTOR (LEAD DESIGN) Dean Markadakis

The cast and crew take you inside the making of The Last Jedi.

SENIOR ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR (LEAD PHOTO) Joe Rodriguez

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WRITERS Jodi Guglielmi, Julie Jordan, Kara Warner

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FAREWELL TO A LEGEND

Mark Hamill pays tribute to his friend Carrie Fisher.

CONTRIBUTING WRITER Chris Tauber REPORTER Sabrina Ford DIRECTOR OF EDITORIAL OPERATIONS Alexandra Brez ART PRODUCTION Rachel Moskovitz Abraham (Director), Cynthia Miele, Daniel J. Neuburger, Dominick Santise (Production Artists), Brien Foy, Salvatore Lopez (Digital Imaging Specialists) COPY DESK Joanann Scali (Chief), James Bradley (Deputy), Ellen Adamson, Gabrielle Danchick, Rich Donnelly, Ben Harte, Rose Kaplan, Matt Weingarden (Copy Editors)

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PREMEDIA Romeo Cifelli (Manager), Franklin Abreu, Kevin Grimstead, Ana Kaljaj TIME INC. Jen Wong (Chief Operating Officer and President, Digital), Sue D’Emic (Chief Financial Officer), Leslie Dukker Doty, Brad Edlers, Lauren Ezrol Klein, Greg Giangrande, Steve Marcopoto, Erik Moreno (Executive Vice Presidents), Karen Kovacs (Advertising Group President), Susan Parkes-Cirignano (Senior Vice President, Advertising & Brand Marketing), Christy Bellina (Vice President, Brand Marketing), Ellie Duque (Sales Director, Entertainment Category), Marnie Perez (Vice President, Communications)

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Watch our video special on the secrets of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, available Dec. 1 on PeopleTV. Go to peopletv.com, or download the PeopleTV app on your favorite mobile or connected TV device.

PRODUCTION Aislinn Nagel (Production Director), Gretchen Weber (Senior Production Manager), Anna Gaynor (Assistant Production Manager), Suzanne Reiersen (Positioning Manager), Gabriella Curcio (Operations Manager), Mohan Kumar (Ad Production Specialist)


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Writer-director Rian Johnson says the encounter between young heroine Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) echoes Luke’s apprenticeship to Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back: “Rey is off on a deserted planet with a master, and you assume there will be training.” But this movie is “continuing the bigger story.”

THE LAST JEDI Rey grapples with her destiny, Luke Skywalker returns, and the cast and crew have one promise for fans: This is not going to go the way you think

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RISKING IT ALL Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) and Finn (John Boyega) visit gambling city Canto Bight. “There’s so much money in this place because people are making a killing selling weapons to the different factions,” production designer Rick Heinrichs says.

The city of Canto Bight expands the Star Wars universe. It shows more nuanced factions than the Resistance and the First Order” —PRODUCTION DESIGNER RICK HEINRICHS

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LAUGH IT UP, FUZZBALL Chewbacca’s mask has similar mechanisms to the ’70s version, says actor Joonas Suotamo: “When I open my mouth, coils pull the lips into a snarl. Some people say it looks CG. I assure you, it’s not.” DRESSED FOR BATTLE “Rey begins in the new costume from the very end of Episode VII,” says costume designer Michael Kaplan. “Then there are some changes that are story-driven with slightly more warrior garb or Jedi garb.”

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JUST A CRAZY OLD MAN? “Luke had been described with flowing white hair and a beard, but he’d only be in his 50s, so it’s not like Methuselah,” Hamill says. Instead of wigs, he suggested, “Why don’t we just grow out my beard? You’ll see how much gray I have.”

The whole idea with these movies is to try to keep it fresh and give the audience something they’ve never seen before. We’ve certainly done that” —MARK HAMILL

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A LITTLE TALL FOR A STORMTROOPER Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) still towers above the troopers, who now have a tweaked helmet. “The first change Rian wanted was with the stormtroopers,” costume designer Kaplan says. “He wanted an expression he had seen in the original faces. We got that back for him.”

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We wanted that feel of a world people were used to. At the same time, we had to take it into new places” —PRODUCTION DESIGNER RICK HEINRICHS

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There are a few key scenes where you’re like, ‘If this doesn’t work, the movie doesn’t work’” —WRITER-DIRECTOR RIAN JOHNSON

A ROYAL RETURN Carrie Fisher’s turn as princess-turned-general Leia Organa would be her last. Director Johnson treasured working with her: “Everything that you’ve imagined she’d be, that’s how she was.”

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FAMILY HEIRLOOM For the passing of the lightsaber between Luke and Rey, Luke’s mechanical hand was digitally inserted over Hamill’s real one. “It’s gold dust for us to have something to represent [the digital effect] in the shot,” says visualeffects supervisor Ben Morris. “We can see what to focus on.”

REVENGE ON THE JEDI This scene seems to show Kylo Ren’s destruction of Luke’s Jedi academy, referenced in The Force Awakens. But Johnson says don’t expect actual time travel, which was central to his movie Looper. “What Star Wars needs is very, very, very different from what Looper needed.”

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REAL-LIFE LIGHTSABERS “We actually have LED tubes,” effects supervisor Morris says. When a character like Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) “brings a saber close to their face, you see a natural interactive lighting. When the sabers hit, that emits light through practical stunt props. It’s really subtle things to make them even more believable.”

GOING APE FOR THE NEW AT-ATS To update the classic Imperial Walkers, “the idea of a gorilla came up—big knuckles that can smash on the ground, mandibles coming down out of the mouth,” Morris says. “We pushed a character into the original design.”

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I’m most excited about what people are not even aware of yet. It’s unexpected where this movie goes and how” —PRODUCER RAM BERGMAN

THE BADDEST BODYGUARDS “I’m very excited about seeing the Praetorian Guards in action,” says costume designer Kaplan of the new elite protectors surrounding Snoke. “They move so well.”

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After more than 30 years, Luke Skywalker is back at the center of the Star Wars saga. Why his new path surprised even Hamill

THE LOST JEDI After a long time away, Luke and Hamill are both returning to center stage for The Last Jedi. “This is a time I certainly didn’t expect to be on the radar,” Hamill says. “The fame was fun, but anonymity’s fun too.”

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THE YOUNGLINGS Hamill is passing the legacy to Star Wars’ next generation, including John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Kelly Marie Tran. “They’re all babies!” he says.

I’m happy they made VII, VIII and IX. But I’d be just as happy in the audience” —MARK HAMILL

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ABOUT THAT ENDING . . . The Last Jedi picks up where The Force Awakens left off— with Rey meeting Luke on a remote planet. “I didn’t know I’d be a literal cliff-hanger, actually standing on a cliff,” says Hamill, who had expected a larger role in Awakens, not a wordless cameo, based on early sketches: “Luke in scuba gear with Rey, discovering the underwater remains of the destroyed Death Star—there were all these situations.”


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FEELING THE FORCE 1. Fresh from the TV pilot for Eight Is Enough, Hamill was cast as Luke Skywalker in 1977’s Star Wars: “I was trying to figure out, ‘Why did I get this part?’” 2. He soon saw how the cast fit together. “Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, all of us were so close to what George Lucas wanted in the character,” Hamill says. “I was naive, young, optimistic.” 3. With Fisher shooting the final scene of Empire.

After the first three Star Wars movies, Hamill went into hiding in the outer rim of show business, a.k.a. Broadway and voice-overs. In 1992 he debuted as the voice of the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series. “The villain is usually one of the more interesting characters because they create the conflict, they create the chaos. Is there an antagonist that’s more legendary than the Joker?” Hamill asks. Umm, Darth Vader? “Yeah, yeah,” he says dismissively. FROM NEW HOPE TO NO HOPE?

Hamill says he argued with writerdirector Rian Johnson about Luke’s destiny in The Last Jedi. “Luke says, ‘It’s time for the Jedi to end.’ This comes from the most optimistic character in the original trilogy,”

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Hamill says. “I was stunned!” But by the time shooting started, there was no conflict. “We bonded over this whole experience of talking about the script,” Johnson says. “Then Mark was like, ‘Okay, now I trust you. Now you direct me.’” BRINGING BALANCE TO THE FORCE

At the end of that People cover story, Hamill said, “I am so much like Luke Skywalker. I guess I always will be.” Today he still agrees with that, joking: “Yes, I’m old, bitter and reclusive, just like Luke.” When he once told Carrie Fisher, who was like a real-life sister to him, that he was listing himself in Broadway Playbills as “known for a series of space movies,” she taught him to embrace his destiny. “She said, ‘Look, I am Princess Leia. You are Luke. Get over it.’ She was able to cut to the quick and see the positives. I learned so much from her.”

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Ridley returns as Rey—discovering her power with a new mentor by her side

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PART OF SOMETHING BIGGER “I think you could go through an entire lifetime of working as an actor and not be recognized as part of one specific thing,” says Ridley. “To be recognized as a part of this franchise— it’s amazing.”

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1 A NEW ADVENTURE Rey’s ride? The venerable Millennium Falcon, of course.

The island acts as a nice resting place for Rey to gather all of her thoughts” —DAISY RIDLEY

FEELS LIKE FAMILY “I’m very lucky to be surrounded by people I genuinely love,” says Ridley (with Hamill).

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A STAR IS BORN 1. The Last Jedi picks up with Rey meeting Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker on a deserted island—but the introduction doesn’t quite go as planned. “She’s greeted not so warmly by Luke. There’s obviously a little bit of work to be done for an unexpected visitor to be [encroaching] on someone’s private space,” says Ridley. “She’s gone there for reasons he isn’t aware of. It will take a little bit of work and a little bit of trust, then it becomes a wonderful, emotional story.” 2. Ridley also starred with Kenneth Branagh in this year’s Murder on the Orient Express. 3. In Oscar de la Renta at the 2017 Met Gala. “My life is different, but that’s my normal,” she says of her newfound fame. 4. After wrapping The Last Jedi, Ridley got a special present from the crew. “I was given a lightsaber,” she says. “I had it on my bookshelf, but now it’s in a very safe place.”

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Daisy Ridley is the first to admit that she has a lot to be thankful for. “I will always attribute 90 percent of life to J.J. Abrams,” the British actress, 25, says of The Force Awakens’ director. “I e-mail him regularly saying, “By the way, thanks again.” Because he was the guy that cast me in the beginning.” Now she’s back as Rey, learning about herself and preparing to take on the Empire. FINDING HER PATH

After taking down Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens, Rey is taking some much-needed time for herself. On the remote island where she meets Luke Skywalker, she can “ask some questions and sort of get in touch with how she’s feeling,” says Ridley. “Everything’s been other people asking her to do stuff, and it’s been up to her to get to grips with what she wants.” BECOMING A ROLE MODEL

“I think that’s my favorite part,” says Ridley of meeting young girls dressed as Rey. “It’s amazing to be able to embody someone people look up to. I feel now more of a sense of responsibility. It still surprises me, but oh my God, it’s so cute.” FEELING HER STRENGTH

“Picking up a lightsaber and doing the fight, I knew how much further I could go,” says Ridley of returning to training for The Last Jedi. “I could feel it in my body. I really pushed my stamina, so I was able to do more than I had thought—it was the best feeling.”

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FAST TRACK TO FAME “Star Wars catapults you into stardom in a very unique way,” says Boyega.

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Boyega, 25, insists his life hasn’t changed that much since starring in a billion-dollar box office hit—except for appearing in front of thousands of screaming fans every once in a while. “That was not something I was doing before Star Wars,” he says.

THE STAKES ARE HIGHER FOR FINN

“We meet Finn at a point in Episode VIII, where he needs to decide where he belongs,” Boyega says of his stormtrooper turned Resistance fighter. “The Resistance are under pressure, the First Order are in retaliation mode, and they’re fighting back with everything they’ve got.”

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The London-born actor says he hasn’t had any trouble with Finn’s American accent, except one thing. “It hurts my throat because you guys just slur over all your words,” he says with a laugh. He admits he was flummoxed by one high-tech term: “Biohexacrypt. I had to say that a few times; it’s just confusing,” he says. “Rian, don’t ever let me say that again. It’s going to be in the bloopers for sure.” HIS NEW FAME HASN’T CHANGED HIM

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A VERSATILE STAR 1. Boyega takes on another action franchise with next year’s Pacific Rim Uprising, playing the son of Idris Elba’s character from the first movie and teaming up with Scott Eastwood. 2. He earned critical acclaim for this year’s Detroit, about police brutality in 1967. The movie was “my chance to kind of get out of the Star Wars umbrella and do something that is quite epic in another format,” he says.

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This whole experience has been amazing. It’s a ride and it’s a rush, but it never gets old” —JOHN BOYEGA

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FEELING THE IMPACT One of the newest faces to join the Star Wars universe, Tran is not taking the job lightly. “You just want to do the whole thing justice,” she says. “It feels like a huge honor because so many people love it. I don’t think I’ll ever stop being thankful.”

A newcomer to Star Wars— and the big screen—she plays a pivotal role as Rose Tico, a Resistance maintenance worker

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After appearing in commercials, CollegeHumor skits and TV guest roles, Tran, 28, was ready to hit the big screen—and boy, did she ever. The San Diego native joins the Star Wars saga as Resistance maintenance worker Rose Tico—but it still hasn’t fully sunk in that she’s part of the most famous film franchises in the world. “It has not really hit me yet,” she says. “I still feel like this is a dream, like a long, really cool dream.”

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“I wasn’t a big fan to begin with,” she says of the saga. “I obviously was aware of it and knew it was this big, amazing thing, but then once I got on this project I binge-watched all the movies. It’s so contagious.” g Now “when you’re in a room m with all of the fans, you can’t ’t help but love it even more. I view it very differently than an I did before.” KEEPING THE SECRET WAS N ’ T E ASY

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JOINING HIS HEROES “I remember loving Han Solo and his relationship with Chewbacca,” Del Toro recalls of seeing Star Wars as a boy.

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He’s known for his edgy movie roles, but Del Toro, 51, is also a longtime Star Wars fan who was delighted to be asked to join the cast. Getting the offer “was kind of offbeat,” he says. His mysterious character, DJ, is a shady codebreaker who becomes part of Finn and Rose’s mission to the gambling city of Canto Bight. “It was fun to work with stormtroopers all around you,” the Oscar winner says. “And scary!” MEETING THE ROYALS

Working in London had its perks. “The royal family came to visit. William and Harry showed up, and I’d never met them before,” Del Toro says. Even more amazing for the actor was that “most of the stuff you see isn’t CGI, it was man-made. It was also shot on film, so seeing the camera and the oldschool film magazine was really cool. That crew is like a well-oiled wheel.” IMPRESSING HIS DAUGHTER’S FRIENDS

“My daughter [Delilah, with ex Kimberly Stewart] is 6, and the kids in her class talk about it. They say, ‘Your dad is going to be in Star Wars?!’” Del Toro says. “And then I have 80-yearolds who come up to me and say, ‘I can’t wait to see the film!’ It just runs the whole gamut all over the world. That’s the power of these movies.” A ROLE HE’LL REMEMBER

Having first seen Star Wars as a kid in Puerto Rico, Del Toro says starring in the series makes him feel “a little like Back to the Future.” As for how this will compare to the other movies on his impressive résumé, the acting veteran says, “It’s got the potential of ranking up there with some of the coolest stuff I’ve ever done. I can’t wait to see it—truly it was such a good script. It could be up on the shelf where the cool stuff is for sure.” Star Wars: The Last Jedi PEOPLE

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FANGIRL AT HEART Dern admits she had a few geek-out moments on-set. “I was supposed to be reciting my dialogue while the camera was rolling, and out of the corner of my eye I saw Chewbacca and started crying.”

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A WINNING CAREER 1. With Sam Neill in 1993’s megahit Jurassic Park. 2. With Reese Witherspoon this September after taking home Emmys for the HBO hit Big Little Lies. Dern won Best Supporting Actress, and the show won Outstanding Limited Series. 3. As Diane in Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival. “As an actor, you dream of an opportunity to play incredibly different characters,” she says. “It’s a dream come true. I feel like I’m really ready to be an actor now.” 4. The secondgeneration star with her father, veteran actor Bruce Dern.

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Walking into Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy’s office to discuss a potential role in The Last Jedi gave Dern, 50, a bit of déjà vu. “As you enter her office, there is a raptor in a case I had met the first time I worked with Kathy,” says Dern, who starred in 1993’s Jurassic Park. “I just thought it was kind of auspicious and hilarious to be staring into the eyes of the raptor as I was reading Star Wars!” A NEW RESISTANCE LEADER

Dern’s character is one of the most mysterious of the newcomers—and she isn’t giving up any secrets. “I am allowed to tell you that I arrived to shake up the Resistance,” she says. “And I can tell you that my hair is a fantastic color!” EARNING COOL POINTS

“My kids were so impressed, and I used it in every way I could,” she says. “My daughter [Jaya, 13] loves female superheroes, so she has this extraordinary legacy of Leia, but she also has Rey and what that means to young girls now. My son [Ellery, 16] grew up watching Star Wars, so for them to have their mom be part of that is amazing.” SHE’S A LONGTIME FAN

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Dern saw the first Star Wars film with her mom, Diane Ladd, when she was 7. “It was the first movie I ever waited hours in line to see. I went right back to my room with a flashlight and tinfoil to make a lightsaber and pretended I was Princess Leia.”

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Driver, 34, says that Kylo Ren’s tortured family history tugs at his heart—in a good way. “There’s big personal things that I find about every character, not just in Star Wars, that you have to make as personal as possible,” he told Vanity Fair. “It’s the big joke about being an actor, that you make everything you’re doing seem like it’s life or death.” KYLO IS STILL UP TO NO GOOD

The patricidal son of Han Solo and Princess Leia takes an even darker turn under the tutelage of the mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke, played by Andy Serkis. “The relationship that [Snoke] has as the tutor of Kylo Ren is sort of psychotically aggressive,” Serkis says. “There’s this whole manipulation between General Hux [Domhnall Gleeson] and Adam. He pits them against each other as a kind of cruel way of goading Kylo Ren into action.” HE DID NOT LIKE KILLING HAN

Watching that fateful scene at the Force Awakens premiere, “I thought I was going to puke,” Driver told GQ U.K. “I was holding my wife [Joanne Tucker]’s hand, and she’s like, ‘You’re really cold. Are you okay?’ Because I just knew what was coming—I kill Harrison Ford—and I didn’t know how this audience of 2,000 people was going to respond.”

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SPACE INVADER An expert pilot like his father, Han Solo, Kylo Ren battles the Resistance with his deadly TIE silencer— an advanced fighter with laser cannons.

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BREAKING BAD 1. “The person Kylo’s pretending to be on the outside is not who he is,” Driver told GQ U.K. “He’s a vulnerable kid who doesn’t know where to put his energy.” 2. Ren will encounter Rey again after their climactic battle in The Force Awakens. 3. The California native, who served in the Marines before becoming an actor, greeted fans at the Force Awakens premiere in 2015. 4. In his breakout role on HBO’s hit series Girls with Lena Dunham (bottom right). 5. With wife Joanne Tucker, whom he wed in 2013.

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A BREAK FROM REALITY “In a time when the world is more chaotic and complex than ever before, I think these films provide us with a moment of much-needed escapism,” she says.

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JUST ONE REGRET . . . Gleeson’s only complaint? “I was really sad I didn’t get to shoot in Ireland,” says the Dublin native, whose dad is acclaimed actor Brendan Gleeson.

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When the cast and crew of The Last Jedi reconvened, Domhnall Gleeson, 34, who plays First Order leader General Hux, says, “There was a feeling of confidence and excitement, and we were really happy to see everybody else again.” Any apprehension at changing directors from The Force Awakens’ J.J. Abrams to Rian Johnson quickly disappeared. “My very first day on-set, it was like, ‘Oh my God, he’s amazing,’” says Gleeson.

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PLAYING GOOD AND EVIL 1. Gleeson says he’d love to keep Hux’s jacket—but “it’s on lockdown.” 2. He played Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter movies. 3. Another highlight in his eclectic career: 2015’s Brooklyn, with Saoirse Ronan.

“I was really surprised by some of the tone and some of the twists,” says Gleeson cryptically. “I was surprised by some of the stuff with Hux. But it really makes sense. And I’m glad that we’re changing the look, you know, about the feel of the film.” IT WAS THE RESISTANCE VS. THE FIRST ORDER BETWEEN TAKES

“There was a table-tennis table,” says Gleeson. “Oscar [Isaac] and Adam [Driver] played. That got competitive. I decided not to get involved in that. I figured that the First Order were ably represented by Adam. John [Boyega] was a cheerleader for a second.”

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TOP GUN Dameron flies a souped-up version of the X-wing fighter as part of the Starfighter Corps. His call sign is Black Leader.

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Playing Resistance leader Poe Dameron, Isaac shares scenes with Carrie Fisher and her daughter Billie Lourd. “I would always love watching Billie and Carrie together,” says Isaac, 38. “They were so funny and so synced-up on the same wavelength.”

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“Poe is in a tough situation in The Last Jedi,” says Isaac. “He’s under the new leadership of Admiral Holdo, played by the magnificent Laura Dern. And he’s having a real hard time trusting that her strategy is going to save the Resistance.” GENERAL LEIA ORGANA ALSO HAS PLANS FOR POE

Isaac says this could all be part of a master plan. “Leia is trying to groom him into the leader she believes he could be,” he says. “Sometimes the most heroic thing you can do is stop and think about the greater picture, what is best for the entire Resistance and not just the moment at hand.”

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THE GOOD FIGHT 1. Isaac was excited to strap on Dameron’s fighter-pilot gear for The Last Jedi. “The jitters never go away on a Star Wars set, but it was great to come back and explore the character of Poe again, this time with Rian’s brilliant script and great direction,” he says. 2. After spending most of The Force Awakens apart, Poe and BB-8 reunite for Jedi, a partnership echoing Luke Skywalker and R2-D2’s. 3. Fans have embraced the hero pilot. “Sometimes they give me homemade Poe figures or drawings, and I always love that,” says Isaac.

HE’S BACK WITH HIS BUDDY!

“Well, how can they keep Poe and BB-8 away from each other?” says Isaac.

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WHAT HAVE WE HERE?

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These scene-stealers, inquisitive avians who live on Luke’s planet, popped out of the mind of writerdirector Rian Johnson. “I think he could somehow see them, because he was so very descriptive,” says creature supervisor Neal Scanlan, who hatched the design. “The idea was they’re sort of puffins, crossed with seals, crossed with sort of maybe a pug dog.”

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CUTEST NEW STARS 1. The Last Jedi’s first breakout characters stand about 10 in. tall. 2. Scanlan with puppet Porgs, inspired by the puffins of the Irish island of Skellig Michael. 3. “In this picture of Chewie and a porg, I think everyone will go, ‘Oh, look how cute Chewie is!’” says a not-at-all-jealous Joonas Suotamo, who plays Chewbacca. 4. Porg concept art by Jake Lunt Davies.

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The motion-capture vvirtuoso returns as the CGI Dark Side leader. “There’s a frailty and a damage to Snoke,” says Serkis, 53. “His face is cleaved in, scars across his mouth, contorted body. But without giving too much away, he is strong. He is the dark end of the Force. He’s

“The mystery of this character [Supreme Leader Snoke, above] is something the directors and I thought best to keep to ourselves,” Serkis says.

the leader of the First Order, but he has his own agenda. He’s a cruel manipulator.” DARKER THAN DARTH

Is Snoke more powerful than Darth Vader and the Emperor? “Oh, without question. He has limitless resources, let’s put it that way.”

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CHEWIE! JOONAS SUOTAMO AGE: 31 HEIGHT: 7 ft.

The walking carpet can now dunk. This Finnish basketball player helped play Chewbacca in Force Awakens, running and blasting under the hot mask while original actor Peter Mayhew, now 73, did the cockpit-sitting. In The Last Jedi and the upcoming Han Solo film, Suotamo takes over as Chewie, who’s as virile as ever. “Wookiees live to be 400 years old,” Suotamo says. “Think about your uncle aging, like, six years. Has he gotten much grayer?”

Nyong’o’s ancient alien Maz Kanata gets less screen time in The Last Jedi—but her insights into the past are as vital as in The Force Awakens. “It’s a really fun part, and Lupita is so awesome,” director Rian Johnson told Entertainment Weekly of the 12 Years a Slave Oscar winner, 34. “I’m just happy I got to work with her. I feel like I got such an incredible education watching Lupita work.”

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FAMILY BOND Working with her mom (on the Force Awakens set) was “trippy,” Lourd said before Fisher’s death. “But we’re watching each other. And we’re still being motherdaughter, even though it’s like, actressactress.”


After her mother’s death from cardiac arrest at age 60 last December, Lourd, 25, found strength in the love and support of the Star Wars universe. “She taught me by her own example, that the most evolved person is seemingly a contradiction—they are both the strongest and the most vulnerable person in the room,” Lourd said in April. “And that was her. That is Leia.” YOUNG PADAWAN

When she watched Star Wars for the first time, “I noticed my mom was one of the most confident characters in the entire film,” Lourd told People in 2015. “On special occasions I would make her get in a lightsaber fight with me. Let’s just say the more trained Jedi usually won.” COURAGE IN TRUTH

Lourd was especially proud of her mother as she battled bipolar disorder and drug addictions. “I know my mom,” she told People shortly after Fisher died. “She’d want her death to encourage people to be open about their struggles.”

[My mom] made me realize women are just as powerful as men and that we can truly do anything they can” —BILLIE LOURD Photographs by MEREDITH JENKS

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A SHOW OF FORCE A few months after Fisher’s death, Lourd paid homage to her mom’s iconic costume by wearing a dress she collaborated on with designer Tom Ford. “My mom, like Leia, wasn’t ever afraid to speak her mind,” she said.

REMEMBERING CARRIE As Fisher makes her final onscreen appearance as Leia, her costars and friends reflect on a life well-lived. MARK HAMILL

“It’s funny because, in many ways, the brothersister thing felt kind of real. Carrie and I had a comfort level with one another. It’s very difficult for me to accept her in the past tense.”

“My son [Ellery] visited, and she marched up to him and said, ‘Hey! How old are you?’ And he said, ‘14.’ And she said, ‘Well, how old do you want to be?’ And then he said, ‘16.’ And she goes, ‘Yeah, me too, kid.’ And that was just so Carrie.” JOHN BOYEGA

“I was on a strict diet during Episode VIII, and she was like, ‘Kid, get into that fridge and take some chocolate bars. I have many there.’ And I did. I failed my diet because Carrie Fisher told me to. And it [felt] great.”

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LEIA’S LOVE Fisher (left, on-set and below, with Lourd at the Force Awakens premiere in ’15) “was imperfect in many ways, but her imperfections and willingness to speak about them are what made her more than perfect,” Lourd said.

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BECOMING LEIA 1. “I was was full full of energy,” energy ene rgy,” ,” Hamill Hamill Hami ll says says of the original cast. “Harrison was wry and cynical. Carrie was Hollywood royalty and a takecharge kind of woman. She really led the way. I learned so much from her—I’ll never stop missing her.” 2. Fisher instantly bonded with actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in five of the films. 3. “I felt so privileged to know her and be around her,” says Laura Dern of Fisher. “But to be around her in the context of her invention of Leia was a great honor and something I will hold forever.” 4. “She loved puns and wordplay and jokes,” says Johnson of Fisher (playing around with stormtroopers).

Everyone feels like they’ve lost a member of the family, whether they knew her or not” —MARK HAMILL

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A LASTING LEGACY 5. “She’s a lot more elegant, more queenly than we last saw her,” says costume designer Michael Kaplan of Fisher as Leia. “Last time she was much more in work clothes and a jumpsuit throughout most of the film. Now she’s a lot more regal.” 6. When Fisher and Daisy Ridley first met, “we were all at dinner, and she started commentating the whole process,” says Ridley. “I was like, ‘Ah, brilliant.’” 7. Fisher (on the set of Empire Strikes Back) “was so funny and so lovely to be around,” says Domnhall Gleeson. “I just can’t believe she’s gone.” 8. “I find it very powerful when I see her in this film,” says Rian Johnson of Fisher. “She just did beautiful work in it.”

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BILLY DEE WILLIAMS

BILLIE LOURD

Lando Calrissian

daughter of the late Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia

HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN Anakin Skywalker

When I was 11, George Lucas gave me the opportunity to go to that galaxy far, far away and meet my heroes”

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THE FIRST Celebrating 40 years of Star Wars, franchise legends reunited this spring, posing for People at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando

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HAVING A BALL BB-8 is “pivotal” in The Last Jedi, says Brian Herring, copuppeteer with Dave Chapman. The secret to the droid’s runaway appeal? “The design is so good that you can actually emote with it,” Herring says. “We thought he was going to be popular, but I don’t think we were quite ready for the sheer amount of craziness that BB-8 created.”

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BEEN THROUGH A LOT TOGETHER 1. Several versions of BB-8 were used onset, inlcuding puppets and a working robot. 2. Copiloting an X-wing. 3. The malevolent new BB-9E, nicknamed BB-H8 (Hate) sports a look that “echoes ’50s automobiles but with a bit of evilness,” says creature supervisor Neal Scanlan. 4. BB-8 puppeteers Dave Chapman and Brian Herring. 5. C-3PO and R2-D2 are 8-for-8, appearing in every episode. “This started as a 12-week job,” says Anthony Daniels, who first squeezed into C-3PO’s metal body in 1976. “It used to take half an hour to put the head on. Now it’s eight seconds!”

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Like an escape pod falling on Tatooine, Star Wars dropped “out of the blue” on writerdirector Johnson, 43. Before The Force Awakens started shooting, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy approached Johnson, best known for 2012’s time-bender Looper. The assignment was simple: “What happens next?” he says. FREE TO IMAGINE

“When I was writing the story, I would go in to Lucasfilm twice a week and just vomit all my weird ideas out there. I honestly didn’t get a lot of, ‘No, you can’t.’” NOT YOUR FATHER’S EMPIRE

“I tried to avert my eyes from The Empire Strikes Back,” Johnson says of the second movie in the original trilogy. “You’ve got Rey on a deserted planet with a master. Our heroes are split up. But this movie feels like its own thing, not a rehash of Empire.”

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THE GALACTIC

POWERS

When George decided he was going to ask me to do this, we had worked together off and on for 30 years” —KATHLEEN KENNEDY

THE FORCE AWAKENED HER IN COLLEGE

“I am not someone who was 7 years old when I first saw Star Wars,” says Kennedy, 64, who produced E.T., Schindler’s List and Jurassic Park before she took over the helm of George Lucas’s company. “I was in my early days of college.” Kennedy calls the original movie a game-changer. “If you had things that existed only in your imagination, there was a way to actually realize that in cinema.” SHE’S A CHAMPION OF FEMALE HEROES

“I’m very proud of the fact that [Star Wars] has awakened the idea of little girls becoming heroes and having characters they can look up to, like Rey.”

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“I saw it on Wilshire Blvd. at the Avco theater in Los Angeles,” recalls Horn, 74. “I found myself driving my car 90 mph to get to hyperspace.” HE HAS A STATUE OF HIMSELF AS A STORMTROOPER

In his office Horn keeps “a foot-and-a-half model of a stormtrooper, which is me,” he says, joking that he served as a soldier for the dark side “but only for about nine months. I didn’t like their philosophy, and the uniforms were impossibly uncomfortable.”

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“I saw the original on the West Side of Manhattan in the summer of ’77,” says Iger, 66. “The whole thing seemed like the best theme-park attraction I’d ever ridden.” LIVING THE DREAM

Still a superfan, Iger counts visiting Harrison Ford in the Millennium Falcon and hugging Carrie Fisher while she was in her Princess Leia costume (no, not the bikini) among his career highlights. Photographs by KOURY ANGELO

If someone told me I would be CEO of a company responsible for Star Wars films, I would have told them they were out of their minds” —BOB IGER

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THE ROYAL TREATMENT “Carrie was constantly pitching me oneliners,” says Johnson (with Fisher). “I’d get 300 crazy wordplay puns. We’d maybe use one for a scene.”

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This was day one of filming, before The Force Awakens even came out, so it was a bit surreal” —RAM BERGMAN, PRODUCER

MAKING FANTASY A REALITY “It’s really exciting when you see all of your ideas and your designs coming to life,” says director of hair and makeup Peter Swords King.

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LUKE HIGHWALKER “We had to film with a very minimal crew and climb 600 steps,” says Bergman of the threeday shoot at Luke’s hideaway, the Irish island of Skellig Michael.

FOCUS ON THE FORCE “Rian designed some of the hardest focus shots ever in terms of the camera pushing really fast into minimum focus on somebody moving around,” says cinematographer Steve Yedlin.

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WOOKIEE ROOKIE “I’m still learning all the mannerisms,” says Chewbacca actor Joonas Suotamo (in the Millennium Falcon with director Johnson). “I want to be sure the fans will not go, ‘Hey, is there someone else playing Chewie?!’”

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For us younger people, it’s not easy slipping into these shoes and filling the spot of Star Wars legends” —JOONAS SUOTAMO

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Director Rian Johnson shares his own behindthe-scenes snapshots

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There are some real surprises, but all of the cast and all of the crew read the whole script. The audience will be shocked but not the actors” —RIAN JOHNSON, DIRECTOR 7

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3 DIRECTOR’S CUT 1. Resistance pilots gather for battle. 2. Mark Hamill as Luke. 3. Daisy Ridley’s Rey learns to wield the Skywalker lightsaber. 4. Captain Phasma and Finn are fierce rivals, but Gwendoline Christie and John Boyega are pals. 5. C-3PO unmasked! Anthony Daniels takes a breath. 6. C-3PO, always the center of the action. 7. Billie Lourd mans her station in the Resistance. 8. Hamill with the crew. 9. Oscar Isaac takes a coffee break. 10. Setting up a shot.

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Carrie Fisher as Leia and Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca on the set of 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back.

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