'Star Wars: The Last Jedi': All the questions you're looking to have answered

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We’re going to tell you everything we know about “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

As you might expect, Disney has kept the details of “Episode VIII” tightly under wraps. They don’t want to spoil things. We don’t want things spoiled for us. And, most important, we don’t want to spoil anything for you. There’s a special place in hell reserved for people who spoil things.

But we do have questions. Quite a few of them. What follows is everything we’re hoping “The Last Jedi” will answer definitively. We’ve seasoned our queries with the scantest of plot details and a few character descriptions, for those who haven’t seen “The Force Awakens” in a while.

One thing we CAN say about “The Last Jedi”: It’s getting raves. And not just from the already converted. Tough-to-please critics are calling this the best “Star Wars” movie since “The Empire Strikes Back,” which would make it the best “Star Wars” movie in nearly 40 years.

Reviews have been careful not to spoil any plot details. But this much can be sussed out from so many cautious synopses: Stuff happens. Lot of stuff. Fun stuff, dark stuff, emotional stuff.

The one thing you should know about “The Last Jedi” is that, by all accounts, your excitement is justified.



The Questions

1. What will Luke Skywalker’s first words to Rey be?

2. Will a Death Star be blown up in the third act, like in “A New Hope,” “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens”? (Please don’t do this.)

3. How will the film deal with Carrie Fisher’s real-life death? Will her character die also? (And is that something we’ll be able to deal with?)

4. How are Rey and Kylo Ren related? (I’m guessing cousins.)

5. But who is the actual “Last Jedi” of the title? Or are there multiple “Last Jedi”?



6. Will we see Gwendoline Christie’s face as Captain Phasma this time? (Then millions of viewers could have the collective realization: It was Brienne of Tarth under that helmet the whole time!)

7. Is Luke Skywalker the good guy or the bad guy? Will he die? (And is that something we’ll be able to deal with?)

8. Will Kylo Ren become good? Will Rey become bad? (Either scenario would really shake up the series.)

9. What is the nature of Benicio Del Toro’s mystery character? (More movies should have Benicio Del Toro mystery characters.)

10. What has Luke been up to all these years?

11. Will “Last Jedi” end on a downer note like “The Empire Strikes Back”?



12. Will “Last Jedi,” like “Empire Strikes Back,” be the best film of its “Star Wars” trilogy? (The early word is that this is very much the case.)

13. Will the porgs (the furry alien creatures) be cute or annoying? Or both? Or neither? (And most pressing: How many of these things are there?)

14. Will we learn the identity or origin of Supreme Leader Snoke? (Was it just Andy Serkis in mo-cap the whole time?)

15. In the trailer, Luke Skywalker says “This is not going to go the way you think.” Well, how’s it going to go then?

16. Will Kylo Ren get a new helmet?

Where we left off

At the end of “The Force Awakens,” Kylo Ren kills his father, Han Solo (Harrison Ford), before being defeated by Rey in a lightsaber duel. Rey and the rest of the surviving heroes escape the Starkiller Base (i.e., bigger Death Star) before it explodes. At the very end, Rey arrives on the planet Ahch-To, where she meets a long-lost Luke Skywalker.

What’s up this time?

The official plot description is vague, but the marketing seems to indicate that much of the running time will focus on Luke teaching Rey how to harness the Force. Meanwhile, Finn, Poe, Leia and Chewbacca are helping the Resistance (good guys) fight the First Order (bad guys). Adding to the emotional weight of it all: This is Carrie Fisher’s last “Star Wars” movie. She died on Dec. 27, 2016, but had completed her work on “The Last Jedi.”)

The Characters

Powerful Jedi who’s been hiding out for many years following a personal tragedy.

Former scavenger with a mysterious past and a strong connection to the Force.

The former princess is now a leader in the Resistance. Mother of Kylo Ren.

The son of Leia and Han Solo who gave in to the dark side of the Force.

Former First Order stormtrooper turned good guy.

Cocky, handsome Resistance fighter pilot.

Bad guy. Redhead. Former head of the First Order’s Starkiller Base.

Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie will reprise their roles from the previous film. Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro will join the cast.

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