7 fun facts you shouldn't miss about 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Posted at Dec 22 2017 11:51 AM | Updated as of Dec 22 2017 12:35 PM

The second film in the Disney-Lucasfilm Star Wars sequel trilogy, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" has reaped millions after its premiere early December.

Since its first showing in Los Angeles on December 9 and its worldwide premiere days after, it has bagged $494 million in the global box office, according to Variety. 

The movie, which has garnered positive reviews from critics and fans, starts when Rey (Daisy Ridley) embarks on a journey to the hidden world of Ahch-To to find Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the last Jedi Master in the galaxy, and the last hope of the Resistance. 

A lot of excitement follows as the power of the Force grows stronger in Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and his desire to advance in the First Order. 

While fans already knew about, and were excited to see more of, sci-fi icon Hamill's Star Wars movie comeback, there are other things that fans should know about the film, the actors, and the set. 

Here are some facts not everyone might know about the film:

1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi's inspirations included a war movie, a romantic thriller, and a Japanese film

While developing Star Wars: The Last Jedi, writer/director Rian Johnson looked for some inspiration from films including the "12 O'Clock High" (1949), "To Catch a Thief" (1955) and "Three Outlaw Samurai" (1964).

2. Rian Johnson had a brief cameo in "Rogue One"

This is not the first time Johnson joined the sequel trilogy. He actually had a brief cameo in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” aboard the Death Star as an Imperial gunnery technician. 

3. Rian Johnson likes taking photos on set with a 35mm camera

On set, Johnson is seen constantly with his own personal 35mm camera around his neck, which he uses to take impromptu photos of anything he finds interesting. 

4. The film had 120 sets

Star Wars is known for its massive sets and detailed props and costumes. For The Last Jedi environments with care of the Academy Award–winning production designer Rick Heinrichs, the construction had 120 sets in large production studios (Pinewood and Longcross Studios) and two foreign filming locations (in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland). 

5. The Canto Bight Casino was probably the most expensive set constructed

As a new story unfolds, new places appear with it. The Canto Bight Casino was probably one of the most expensive and largest sets constructed for The Last Jedi. 

The Canto Bight Casino build was so large, it had to be split across two stages at Pinewood, with the exterior built at Longcross, and the medieval city of Dubrovnik standing in for the planet Canto Bight where the action spills out. 

The Casino set took 16 weeks to build. 

6. The Canto Bight Casino costumes were also a massive undertaking

The costumes for the Canto Bight Casino scenes were also a massive undertaking for costume designer Michael Kaplan and his team as hundreds of each completely different pieces were made one next to another. And it took two thirds of the entire costume preparation time during the shoot. 

7. Everyone wanted to take home a Porg

Part of the new worlds introduced in The Last Jedi include the creation of some new creatures for creative supervisor Neal Scanlan. In his list are 130 creatures that play very specific roles in unique moments. 

But the crowd favorites are by far the Porgs, which inhabit Ahch-To. The Porgs, which were very much an on-set favorite, are an adorable mix of a puffin, an owl and a baby seal. Everyone wanted to take one home.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi rolled out in Philippine cinemas on Dec. 13, Wednesday, opening three days earlier than the US screenings. 

The Last Jedi will be back on the big screen in January 2018 to give way for the Metro Manila Film Festival this December 25.

Plan your trip to the cinema! Check your favorite theater's screening schedule on the Popcorn site here: https://thelastjedi.asia.

Happy viewing, and may the Force be with you!

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