It’s been a tough wait for Star Wars fans as we’ve slowly trudged toward the December 2017 release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Ever since Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we’ve been plagued with unanswered questions, many of which we won’t have an concrete conclusion to until The Last Jedi is released. And while Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has sated our need for more Star Wars, it didn’t provide us with answers to some of our biggest questions.
That said, we’re not short on information about The Last Jedi in the slightest. The modern generation of movie coverage affords us a fair share of rumors, reports straight from the set, and everything in between. So what are the biggest bits of information we’ve gotten so far? Here’s everything we’ve heard in recent months.
1. We’ll be seeing far more of Leia
While Han Solo stood centerstage as a primary character in The Force Awakens, we saw very little of Leia, who was relegated to a couple choice appearances at the Resistance base. Following Carrie Fisher’s death in late 2016, Variety reported that she had already finished her work on the film. The Last Jedi will allegedly expand her role, as teased at by a series of Leia-centric additions to filming that forced Fisher to cut her 2016 New York Comic Con appearance short.
In their own report, StarWarsNewsNet.com mentions that these additions to filming are not reshoots.
For those not in-the-know about the film-making process: additional photography and pick-ups are not quite the same thing as reshoots. What we think of as reshoots are what happen after an assembly cut of a movie is made in order to completely overhaul. Additional photography is what happens when there are sequences that need to be filmed outside of principal photography due to conflicts in scheduling.
The assumption here is that the upcoming “additional photography” will largely focus on Leia (and to an extent Maz Kanata, more her soon). Even before Fisher’s tragic death, there’s certainly been a concerted effort to increase Leia’s role in the new Star Wars canon, giving her both a standalone series of Marvel comics, and a novel that tells her post-Star Wars: Return of the Jedi story in detail.