20180103 – George Lucas Praises Star Wars: The Last Jedi | CBR

Regardless of how you feel about the prequels or the special additions of the original trilogy, you can’t detract from the fact that George Lucas created arguably the most popular science fiction franchise of all time. That being said, Star Wars fans across the galaxy should take great comfort in knowing that Lucas has nothing but kind words to say about the latest addition to the saga, The Last Jedi.

After attending a screening of the film, Lucas said he thought it was “beautifully made,” his rep  Connie Wethington told The Hollywood Reporter. “And in speaking with director Rian Johnson after viewing was complimentary,” she then added.

Lucas isn’t alone in his enjoyment of the film. Those lucky enough to get an early look at The Last Jedi have showered the space opera with near-universal praise, with some going as far as to call it the best Star Wars film to date. On top of that, The Last Jedi is currently Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, boasting an impressive 93% rating on the review aggregate website.

While the early reactions to The Last Jedi certainly bode well for director Rian Johnson, they aren’t that surprising, given recent events. Over one month before the official world premiere, Lucasfilm announced that Johnson would creatively oversee a new trilogy of Star Wars films, with the press release noting that “As writer-director of The Last Jedi, Johnson conceived and realized a powerful film of which Lucasfilm and Disney are immensely proud.”

Source : George Lucas Praises Star Wars: The Last Jedi | CBR

20180103 – Mark Hamill on The Last Jedi: ‘He’s Not My Luke Skywalker’

The depiction of Mark Hamill’s aging Jedi Master Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been a point of contention for a number of longtime fans. In fact, it even sparked a petition to remove the eighth chapter of the saga from Star Wars canon for “[destroying] the legacy of Luke Skywalker and the Jedi.” However, it isn’t just fans who’ve taken exception with writer/director Rian Johnson’s handling of Luke, as even the actor himself is still struggling to come to terms with his character’s portrayal in the film.

“I said to Rian, I said ‘Jedis don’t give up’,” Hamill explained in an interview currently making the rounds on YouTube. “I mean even if he had a problem, maybe take a year to try and regroup… but if he made a mistake he would try and right that wrong, so right there, we had a fundamental difference, but, it’s not my story anymore. It’s somebody else’s story, and Rian needed me to be a certain way to make the ending effective.”

“That’s the crux of my problem,” he continued. “Luke would never say that. I’m sorry. Well, in this version, see. I’m talking about the George Lucas Star Wars. This is the next generation of Star Wars, so I almost had to think of Luke as another character. Maybe he’s ‘Jake’ Skywalker, he’s not my Luke Skywalker.”

Nevertheless, despite Hamill’s obvious frustration, he would go on to say, “I still haven’t accepted it completely, but it’s only a movie. I hope people like it, I hope they don’t get upset, and I came to really believe that Rian was the exact man that they needed for this job.”

Hamill’s concerns with how Johnson chose to depict Luke in The Last Jedi are well-documented. In an interview back in May, Hamill noted that he told Johnson, “I pretty much fundamentally disagree with every choice you’ve made for this character.” He would downplay those remarks the following month, but even at a press junket just days before The Last Jedi‘s theatrical release, Hamill would reiterate that his and Johnson’s vision for Luke simply didn’t line up.

Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi 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. The film is in theaters worldwide.

Via Mashable

Source : Mark Hamill on The Last Jedi: ‘He’s Not My Luke Skywalker’

20170218 – Star Wars VIII, les derniers Jedi : la traduction française relance les débats autour du film

Le 8e épisode de Star Wars, baptisé The Last Jedi, vient de recevoir sa traduction française officielle : “Les derniers Jedi”. Un pluriel qui fait naître bien des questions dans la tête des fans de la saga.

Source : Star Wars VIII, les derniers Jedi : la traduction française relance les débats autour du film