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The Last Jedi behind-the-scenes documentary: Rian Johnson said he got tweets from Russia asking him not to kill Hux

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Mar 12, 2018

Take a deep dive into the making of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in a documentary titled The Director and the Jedi, which will be one of the bonus features on the movie's Blu-ray release. However, thanks to IMDb, you can watch the first 12 minutes here and see and hear some really cool tidbits about the film's production. The project was undertaken by documentarian Anthony Wonke, who was behind other documentaries like Fire in the Night, Gymnast, and The Battle for Marjah.

The clip opens with the wrap party in London as Lucasfilm president and Kathleen Kennedy delivers remarks to the entire crew. “I don’t wanna freak anyone out, but I think we just made a Star Wars movie,” says a smirking Johnson. 

Here's the trailer for the bonus feature:

Then time turns backward as we find ourselves at Pinewood Studios, where Daisy Ridley (Rey) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) are rehearsing their lines with Johnson, Kennedy, and producer Ram Bergman. Hamill, in a simple plaid shirt and rocking a scruffy beard, delivers his "this is not going to go the way you think" line while chillin' on a couch with Ridley.

“I always put myself in the shoes of if I wasn’t involved in this movie at all," says Johnson in a voiecover/interview. "And if I was just me, just a fan. The only thing I would really want is a good movie that really delights me in ways I didn’t expect. ... I just have one goal: which is to make the most powerful Star Wars movie I possibly can."

He also adds that he got a number of tweets from Russian accounts begging him not to kill off the character of General Hux (played by Domhnall Gleeson).

There's tons of behind-the-scenes footage of the crew making the sets, masks, and costumes. In two notable moments, we see the people playing the Ahch-To caretakers in their fat green suits and Gwendoline Christie's face through the cracked silver helmet owned by Captain Phasma. 

"Once we decided that we were making Star Wars movies," says Kennedy about Johnson, "he was one of the people that I was immediately interested in. I just think that his storytelling ability and who he is as a human being just exemplified a lot of the values and sense of fun."

Porg puppeteers, the Battle of Crait broken down shot for shot, and the exploding red salt can also be glimpsed. There are a ton of goodies to see in this handful of minutes, and the full thing will probably be even more mind-blowing. 

Watch the 12-minute snippet here:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be available for digital download March 13, with the Blu-ray and On-Demand releases arriving March 27. 

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