This morning, as part of Star Wars Celebration, fans were treated to Rian Johnson and a giant panel featuring lots of the main cast in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the upcoming eighth episode in the property. While onstage, Rian Johnson shared a ton of photos from the set of The Last Jedi, many of which came from a camera that he had purchased when he was making the movie Looper. Some of these are location-oriented, some of them give us an exciting look at characters on set, and one of them even features the late, great Carrie Fisher, who is filming a scene with her feet propped up. Take a look.
I don't know how common it is for directors to wander around and take snap shots, but I have to say I'm quite grateful that Rian Johnson did this. Along with the Carrie Fisher shot, there's one of Ray working with a lightsaber and the poor guy that had to film with her.
Rian Johnson didn't take this next one, but the panel did show us that the director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi actually signed the Millennium Falcon. Josh Gad, who was hosting the panel, cracked a joke about how close-up shots were impossible after that.
This one's more amusing than anything, as Oscar Isaacs is just hanging out between shots, sipping coffee while he looks to be waiting to shoot a big Poe Dameron scene.
Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd, is also back as Lieutenant Connix.
This one is also not a shot that Rian Johnson took, but it popped up when Daisy Ridley took the stage, and it's a heck of a camera shot, so we really thought you'd like to take a peek at it if you didn't get to watch the full panel live.
The small camera and black and white footage sort of gives these images vintage appeal. Here's another from set.
There's going to be a lot of awesome settings in Episode 8, as evidenced by what we saw at the end of _Star Wars: The Force Awakens _when Rey finally found Luke Skywalker, but in case you want to take another look, here's a scene from filming.
And here's one final look at _Star Wars: The Last Jed_i behind the scenes.
We still have a while to wait before Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters. While we wait for The Last Jedi to premiere on December 15, you can check out what we know about the upcoming flick. In addition, take a look at the list of what is hitting theaters in 2017.
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