It's a good time to be a Star Wars fan. With Disney now in control of the property and releasing a mixture of main installments and standalone films, the generations of fans should expect a new Star Wars movie every year for the foreseeable future. And the next movie coming down the pipeline is Rian Johnson's highly anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In addition to continuing the main narrative of the franchise, The Last Jedi will also feature the long awaited return of Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker. Hamill has been getting more chatty about the film as it gets closer, and he recently revealed one way that filming Episode VIII was different from his past experiences: the budget and overall opulence of the set.
As if you needed another reason to be excited up for The Last Jedi. It looks like the much hyped scene at the casino planet Canto Bight will feature some of the most extravagant costumes, makeups, and puppetry in Star Wars history. And considering the franchise's long history and iconic creatures, that's really saying something.
Mark Hamill's comment to StarWars.com might be a bit surprising for some. After all, Star Wars has been no stranger to extravagant and opulent scenery. The latter was primarily seen in the prequel trilogy, when things in the galaxy far, far away weren't quite as perilous. Naboo was full of palaces and stunning costumes for Padme and her court to wear. Coruscant was also similarly gorgeous in the prequels, and featured a ton of unique characters and aliens in the galaxy's former capital. Of course, Mark Hamill didn't film the prequels, so it makes sense that Canto Bight would be a game changer for the iconic actor.
It should be interesting to see how Canto Bight's casino planet will be different from the various cantinas seen in the franchise. Mos Eisley was the first of these, from A New Hope, that featured such a mixture of interesting (and dangerous) creatures and droids. This tradition was continued with Maz Kanata's castle in The Force Awakens, but they're both more like holes in the wall than extravagant casinos.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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