Sunday 24 June 2018

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Skellig Michael features in new images as location and cast details released

Mark Hamill said he was allotted extra time to climb the island steps due to his age

Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill photographed on Skellig Michael by Annie Liebowitz for Vanity Fair
Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill photographed on Skellig Michael by Annie Liebowitz for Vanity Fair
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Several new details have been released about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Disney's upcoming sequel to the hugely successful The Force Awakens.

Vanity Fair has profiled the film and makes some big revelations about what fans can expect, including some stunning images of cast on location at Skellig Michael off Kerry taken by legendary photographer Annie Liebowitz.

Directed by Rian Johnson, the flick, which releases December 15, boasts some new characters including Kelly Marie Tran's Rose Tico, the maintenance worker for the Resistance who joins up with Finn (John Boyega).

She has a sister Paige (Veronia Ngo) who is coached by Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Benecio Del Toro is also introduced although he's simply called DJ for now.  Laura Dern is also present as Vice Admiral Holdo.

Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, speaks about filming on Skellig Michael.

“When I read the script for Episode VIII, I went, ‘Oh my God, we’re going back?’ Because I said I was never going back,” he told Vanity Fair.

Star Wars Vanity Fair cover
Star Wars Vanity Fair cover

He wanted to be dropped in by helicopter but added, “which is so clueless of me, because there’s no landing pad, and it would mar the beauty of it all."

At 65 he was given extra time to climb the hundreds of steps.  The crew had 45 mins while he was given an hour and a half so he could stop every ten or 15 minutes to rest.

Among other details revealed in the piece is the fact that Rose and Finn travel to a casino city called Canto Bight, a "Monte Carlo-type environment, a little James Bond-is, a little To Catch a Thief... I was thinking, OK, let's go ultra-glamour.  Let's create a playground, basically, for rich assholes." according to Johson.

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