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The Jedi Texts and Books from Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Jedi Texts and Books from Star Wars The Last Jedi Prop Department
The Jedi Texts and Books from Star Wars The Last Jedi Prop Department

StarWars.com take a look inside the Lucasfilm Archive, for a closer look at Jedi Texts used in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the stories behind their design, and the tangible links to connect the characters from a galaxy far, far away and the stories they inhabit.

The Jedi Texts and Books from Star Wars The Last Jedi Prop Department
The Jedi Texts and Books from Star Wars The Last Jedi Prop Department

Extract from StarWars.com

There’s a feeling of reverence surrounding the ancient Jedi texts. Secreted away on Ahch-To in a sacred place built a thousand generations ago to keep the knowledge of the Jedi Order safe for future disciples, the venerable tomes represent the last remnants of the Jedi religion, the last echoes of wisdom from an order on the verge of extinction.

The Jedi Texts and Books from Star Wars The Last Jedi Prop Department
The Jedi Texts and Books from Star Wars The Last Jedi Prop Department

In-world, the library is a symbol of Luke Skywalker’s lost faith — in himself, the Force, and the teachings of his masters, — realised as simple, incendiary paper volumes that he tries but fails to torch in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Printed books are a rare find in a modern galaxy that prefers data-pads and holograms as primary forms of communication. But stashed away in a drawer aboard the Millennium Falcon, the scriptures survive for another day in Rey’s care.

The Jedi Texts and Books from Star Wars The Last Jedi Prop Department
The Jedi Texts and Books from Star Wars The Last Jedi Prop Department

To create the hero Jedi Order book, pulled from the petite row and opened to reveal the Jedi emblem for mere seconds on screen, prop makers and artisans designed and printed painstakingly detailed vellum-like sheets then bound them in the cast of a hand-carved cover.

The Jedi Texts and Books from Star Wars The Last Jedi Prop Department
The Jedi Texts and Books from Star Wars The Last Jedi Prop Department

The final effect is mesmerising in person. “This is a pretty prized piece,” says Lucasfilm Archivist Madlyn Burkert. Beyond that first page are a host of individual pages, designed and lettered as if they truly held the knowledge of those first Jedi practitioners. There’s incredible attention to detail on each page, layers of gold leaf mixed with blue pigments and an unidentified script, perhaps inspired but some of the earliest scrolls and scribbles from our own human history.

The Jedi Texts and Books from Star Wars The Last Jedi Prop Department
The Jedi Texts and Books from Star Wars The Last Jedi Prop Department

Originally, the props team conceptualised about 40 different volumes, of varying sizes and finishes, which director Rian Johnson narrowed down to a slim 10 finalists for the sacred shelf.

The Jedi Texts and Books from Star Wars The Last Jedi Prop Department Luke
The Jedi Texts and Books from Star Wars The Last Jedi Prop Department Luke

Burkert says the prop makers were given free rein with their own personal inspiration, provided that the final series looked like a set of ancient volumes when they were finished. As part of the process, the team researched old book-binding methods, so that each book would be unique in its fabrication.

The Jedi Texts and Books from Star Wars The Last Jedi Prop Department
The Jedi Texts and Books from Star Wars The Last Jedi Prop Department

For the hero book, the only volume that gets pulled from the stacks and cracked open on-screen, Burkert says the prop makers created the cover by hand, with lettering cut from leather and applied to the front before being covered in layers of vellum-type paper for texture. Then the entire thing was cast and moulded from resin before being tied back together. “For the cover, there’s leather strapping that holds it together,” Burkert says.

The Jedi Texts and Books from Star Wars The Last Jedi Prop Department
The Jedi Texts and Books from Star Wars The Last Jedi Prop Department

Meanwhile, Lucasfilm’s graphics department created about 80 unique interior pages on handmade paper, taking great care beyond the single page glimpsed in the film. Look closely and you can see the way the ream of paper has some give beneath Luke’s gloved hand.

The Jedi Texts and Books from Star Wars The Last Jedi Prop Department
The Jedi Texts and Books from Star Wars The Last Jedi Prop Department

To complete the work, the props department aged and weathered the pages, rebound the book, and added the gold leaf accents. According to Prop-maker Martyn Doust, it took the props team two weeks to complete a single volume from start to finish.

The Jedi Texts and Books from Star Wars The Last Jedi Prop Department
The Jedi Texts and Books from Star Wars The Last Jedi Prop Department

The finished prop volume has a substantial weight to it, although the bindings make it difficult to flip through like a contemporary printed text. It’s now kept sequestered in a special slip cover and carefully boxed away in the Lucasfilm Archives, a testament to the precision of the prop makers who imbued such an important piece of Jedi history with its own awe-inspiring mystique.

Prop photos taken at Lucasfilm headquarters by Kyle Kao.

The Sacred Jedi Texts Pages from Star Wars The Last Jedi Lucasfilm Prop Department

The Sacred Jedi Texts from Star Wars The Last Jedi Lucasfilm Prop Department
The Sacred Jedi Texts from Star Wars The Last Jedi Lucasfilm Prop Department
The Sacred Jedi Texts from Star Wars The Last Jedi Lucasfilm Prop Department
The Sacred Jedi Texts from Star Wars The Last Jedi Lucasfilm Prop Department
The Sacred Jedi Texts from Star Wars The Last Jedi Lucasfilm Prop Department
The Sacred Jedi Texts from Star Wars The Last Jedi Lucasfilm Prop Department
The Sacred Jedi Texts from Star Wars The Last Jedi Lucasfilm Prop Department
The Sacred Jedi Texts from Star Wars The Last Jedi Lucasfilm Prop Department
The Sacred Jedi Texts from Star Wars The Last Jedi Lucasfilm Prop Department
The Sacred Jedi Texts from Star Wars The Last Jedi Lucasfilm Prop Department
The Sacred Jedi Texts from Star Wars The Last Jedi Lucasfilm Prop Department
The Sacred Jedi Texts from Star Wars The Last Jedi Lucasfilm Prop Department
The Sacred Jedi Texts from Star Wars The Last Jedi Lucasfilm Prop Department
The Sacred Jedi Texts from Star Wars The Last Jedi Lucasfilm Prop Department
The Sacred Jedi Texts from Star Wars The Last Jedi Lucasfilm Prop Department
The Sacred Jedi Texts from Star Wars The Last Jedi Lucasfilm Prop Department
The Sacred Jedi Texts from Star Wars The Last Jedi Lucasfilm Prop Department
The Sacred Jedi Texts from Star Wars The Last Jedi Lucasfilm Prop Department
The Sacred Jedi Texts from Star Wars The Last Jedi Lucasfilm Prop Department
The Sacred Jedi Texts from Star Wars The Last Jedi Lucasfilm Prop Department
The Sacred Jedi Texts from Star Wars The Last Jedi Lucasfilm Prop Department
The Sacred Jedi Texts from Star Wars The Last Jedi Lucasfilm Prop Department
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BB-9E : The Last Jedi

A Lego Star Wars : The Last Jedi Lego packaging leak has revealed and a new BB Unit, this one called BB-9E who is meant to be an evil version of BB-8, much like 0-0-0 for C-3PO. It looks like BB-9E is a BB-unit used by the First Order and utilized on one of the order’s many Star Destroyers and this one is assigned to the same Star Destroyer as Supreme Leader Snoke according to the Lego packaging.

The following are some concept Photoshop rendering I’ve created based on the Lego detail back in May 2017 and DON’T represent the final version of BB-9E

BB 9E First Order Droid Star Wars The Last Jedi
BB 9E First Order Droid Star Wars The Last Jedi

Base image via The Video CoPilot ‘Free’ Star Wars Model Pack!

Star Wars The Last Jedi BB-9E and the First Order
Star Wars The Last Jedi BB-9E and the First Order

Base image via Vanity Fair © Annie Leibovitz 2017

BB 9E Droid Star Wars Ep8 The Last Jedi First Order Droid
BB 9E Droid Star Wars Ep8 The Last Jedi First Order Droid

Official BB-9E Star Wars : The Last Jedi – Hi-Resolution Image

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Star Wars The Last Jedi BB-9E
The Last Jedi BB-9E Ultra Hi Resolution Star Wars
The Last Jedi BB-9E Ultra Hi Resolution Star Wars
The Last Jedi BB-9E and BB-8 Ultra Hi Resolution Star Wars
The Last Jedi BB-9E and BB-8 Ultra Hi Resolution Star Wars

 

Technical Specifications

BB-9E was an astromech droid, powered by a selenium drive. It had an internal orbiculate motor which allowed his spherical bodies to roll across a variety of terrain and kept his domed head fixed on top with magnetic casters. Wireless telemetry allowed the two sections of the droid to communicate. The internal gyroscopic propulsion system was self-correcting, and surface sensors on the spherical body allowed BB-9E to travel across uneven environments. Its shell was sealed from dust contamination. He was equipped with compressed liquid cable launchers that could tether and reel the droid in to hard-to-reach spots. BB-9E’s head was composed of a lightweight cranial frame featuring a large, round primary photoreceptor and a smaller articulated holoprojector array. Two transmitter and receiver antennae extended from the top of his head. Data ports were also located at the bottom of the dome-shaped head. He was protected by self-preservation protocols, creating a strong loyalty to the First Order. BB-9E communicated via droid-speak variants. It is unknown if he had any modifications apart the standard BB-unit features.

Hi Res versions of my concept early versions of The Last Jedi BB-9E Unit below:

The Annie Leibovitz ‘The Last Jedi” Vanity Fair Photo Shoot

As a Star Wars devotee who can’t wait for December to come around and is constantly and eagerly awaiting any new snippet, well I need wait no further, as one of my favourite photographers, Annie Leibovitz was given exclusive access to writer-director Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi—and what Kathleen Kennedy is calling…Carrie Fisher’s lasting legacy.

Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz Hi Res HD Images Luke and Rey
Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz Hi Res HD Images Luke and Rey
Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz Hi Res HD Images Rey Training
Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz Hi Res HD Images Rey Training

A NEW HOPE

Daisy Ridley’s Rey hones her lightsaber skills—and channels her inner Force

Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz Hi Res HD Images Rey and Chewbacca
Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz Hi Res HD Images Rey and Chewbacca

DRIVER’S SEAT
Daisy Ridley as Rey, at the helm of the Millennium Falcon, with Joonas Suotamo as co-pilot Chewbacca.

Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz Hi Res HD Images The Resistance
Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz Hi Res HD Images The Resistance

FREEDOM FIGHTERS
Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, and Kelly Marie Tran as the rebels General Leia Organa, Poe Dameron, Finn, and Rose Tico, with droid BB-8

Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz Hi Res HD Images The Canto Bight casino
Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz Hi Res HD Images The Canto Bight casino

NIGHT CREATURES
Neal Scanlan (seated), creative supervisor of the Star Wars creature shop, and guests at the Canto Bight casino.

Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz Hi Res HD Images The Canto Bight casino costumes
Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz Hi Res HD Images The Canto Bight casino costumes

BEST-DRESSED
Costume designer Michael Kaplan (seated), surrounded by some of his creations.

Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz Hi Res HD Images the Droid Department
Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz Hi Res HD Images the Droid Department

OFF DUTY
Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, with droids R2-D2 and BB-8 and the Droid Department’s Brian Herring, Dave Chapman, Matthew Denton, Lee Towersey, and Joshua Lee.

Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz Hi Res HD Images Cast and Dogs
Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz Hi Res HD Images Cast and Dogs

OFF DUTY CREW
Carrie Fisher (General Leia Organa), writer-director Rian Johnson, Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), and producer Kathleen Kennedy with Fisher’s dog, Gary, and Hamill’s daughter’s dog, Millie.

Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz Hi Res HD Images Mother and Daughter
Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz Hi Res HD Images Mother and Daughter

MOTHER AND DAUGHTER
Carrie, who sadly died in December, with daughter Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Kaydel Connix).

Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz Hi Res HD Images Fisher and Hamill
Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz Hi Res HD Images Fisher and Hamill

MEMORIES
Fisher and Hamill, with whom she first worked four decades ago.

Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz Hi Res HD Images Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo
Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz Hi Res HD Images Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo

ROOKIES
Laura Dern, as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, a newcomer to the saga.

Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz Hi Res HD Images Benicio Del Toro as DJ
Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz Hi Res HD Images Benicio Del Toro as DJ

ROOKIES
Benicio Del Toro, as the shifty “DJ,” a newcomer to the saga.

Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz Hi Res HD Images Kylo Ren Han Solo's son and slayer
Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz Hi Res HD Images Kylo Ren Han Solo’s son and slayer

THE JEDI SPAWN
Adam Driver, in character as Kylo Ren, Han Solo’s son and slayer, wields a crossguard lightsaber.

Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz Hi Res HD Images First Order leaders General Hux, Kylo Ren, and Captain Phasma, played by Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Driver
Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz Hi Res HD Images First Order leaders General Hux, Kylo Ren, and Captain Phasma, played by Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Driver

THE DARK SIDE
First Order leaders General Hux, Kylo Ren, and Captain Phasma, played by Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Driver, and Gwendoline Christie.

The following is super hi res versions of the Annie Leibovitz Star Wars: The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Photo Shoot.

 

Sexy Nipple Rey Star Wars The Last Jedi
Sexy Rey Star Wars The Last Jedi

The Last Jedi Merchandise Revealed

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star wars the last jedi rey poster
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star-wars-the-last-jedi-banner-rey-revealed

The merchandise packaging for Star Wars ‘Force Friday II’ The Last Jedi has just been revealed with Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac all feature on the cover and we are treated to a first look at a much changed Rey with her stylistic change of hair for the upcoming movie. In contrast to this, Poe and Finn appear almost identical to the characters we grew to know in ‘The Force Awakens’ (right down to the outfits that they adorn.

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star-wars-the-last-jedi-banner

But the most intriguing aspect of the  ‘The Last Jedi’ packaging is how it’s in direct contrast to the packaging used for ‘The Force Awakens’ with the use of the iconic image of Kylo Ren. Instead, we have the new heroes placed onto the packaging. Perhaps seen as a better marketing ploy, or maybe there is a subliminal meaning attached?

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Star Wars.com

The first Star Wars Force Friday event was truly unique, uniting fans across five continents in an unprecedented global live unboxing event ahead of thousands of midnight openings at retail,” said Jimmy Pitaro, chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. “We’re excited to confirm that Star Wars Force Friday is back for The Last Jedi. Plans for this year’s worldwide event are top secret, but expect something befitting the excitement around the next episode of the Star Wars saga.”

Star Wars fans around the globe embraced Force Friday in 2015, with hundreds of thousands turning up to stores at midnight to be the first to get their hands on merchandise from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Toys from the new line were revealed via a global livestream unboxing event with top Maker Studios creators that unfolded over 18 hours, 15 different cities and 12 countries, attracting millions of views on YouTube. Fans took to social media to share their experiences with nearly 3 billion Twitter impressions about the events, using #ForceFriday.

Jill Wilfert, vice president of global licensing and entertainment from The LEGO Group commented, “It was so much fun to be a part of Star Wars Force Friday, and we can’t wait for fans to join this year’s celebration as we reveal new Star Wars: The Last Jedi products during Force Friday II — a global event that will connect fans and families, and allow them to build, create and share their experiences with others.”

Details of how fans can participate will be revealed closer to the event, but the worldwide launch will tap new technology and Star Wars mythology to create a unique experience for fans. Just like 2015, products for The Last Jedi will be kept under wraps until Force Friday II to preserve surprises for fans. As well as introducing new characters from the movie in toy form, the line will build on the success of products like Sphero’s BB-8, introducing more innovative technology to bring the characters and stories from the film to life in unique ways.

“Toys play a unique role in the Star Wars universe, and we’re proud to have been part of that incredible legacy for the past 40 years. The new line for The Last Jedi is our most innovative yet, and we’re excited to unveil it on Force Friday II,” said Samantha Lomow, senior vice president at Hasbro.