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At the time of writ­ing there’s still no trailer from The Last Jedi, but En­ter­tain­ment Weekly tun­nelled past the Dis­ney force­field to grab the world some in­tel from a galaxy far, far away ....

For starters, it looks like Luke sky­walker isn’t that chuffed to have vis­i­tors on Ahch-To. “[Han solo]'s gone, and in­stead I’m with this grumpy guy on an is­land who doesn’t want me here," says Daisy Ridley (Rey). “The very first step in the writ­ing of this was fig­ur­ing out why he’s on that is­land," ex­plains writer/di­rec­tor Rian John­son. “we know that he’s not a cow­ard. But we also know that he must know his friends are in dan­ger. It had to be some­thing where Luke sky­walker be­lieves he’s do­ing the right thing.”

The Re­sis­tance could clearly do with some sky­walker as­sis­tance, see­ing as starkiller Base blow­ing up the Repub­lic gov­ern­ment has left them in some­thing of a tight spot. “They’re a small band that’s now cut off, on its own and hunted when the Repub­lic is shat­tered," ex­plains John­son. “They’re very, very vul­ner­a­ble.”

AwoL stormtrooper Finn, how­ever, isn’t that keen on stick­ing around. “He just wants to get away and not be in­volved,” says ac­tor John Boyega. His friend­ship with new char­ac­ter Rose Tico, a Re­sis­tance me­chanic who thinks he’s kind of a big deal, may be enough to change his mind, how­ever, and the duo will team up with Beni­cio del Toro’s mo­rally flex­i­ble hacker DJ.

other tid­bits in the mag­a­zine include the con­fir­ma­tion that we’ll meet Andy serkis’s supreme Leader snoke in the flesh this time, that he’s pro­tected by red-suited prae­to­rian Guards and that his role will be big­ger – al­though it doesn’t sound like we’ll dis­cover ev­ery­thing about his back­story. “we’ll learn ex­actly as much about snoke as we need to,” teases John­son.

And af­ter all that there’s not re­ally enough time to talk about the Han solo movie – though new di­rec­tor Ron Howard has been tweet­ing a lot of back­stage pic­tures.

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