In what has become a long-standing tradition, Vanity Fair has just released an issue nearly totally devoted to STAR WARS (https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/05/star-wars-cover-story?verso=true). In anticipation of STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, writer Lev Grossman and so-good-we-don't-deserve-her photographer Annie Leibovitz have teamed up once again to bring us mountains of behind-the-scenes shots and interviews regarding the final film in the Skywalker family saga.
I'll leave the bulk of the information to VF's wonderful piece, but here are a few items of note:
"the more interesting thing about The Force Awakens and its successor, The Last Jedi, written and directed by Rian Johnson, was how they subtly complicated Lucas’s vision. Thirty years have gone by since the ending of Return of the Jedi, during which time the newly reborn Republic became complacent and politically stagnant, allowing the rise of the reactionary neo-imperial First Order, whose origins we will learn more about in Skywalker. “It was almost like if the Argentine Nazis had sort of got together and actually started to bring that back in some real form,” Abrams says. Just like that, the rules of the Star Wars universe changed. It wasn’t all over when the Ewoks sang. Obi-Wan Kenobi and all those Bothans had died in vain. Even Han and Leia split up. It’s all a little less of a fairy tale now."
"Sources close to the movie say that Skywalker will at long last bring to a climax the millennia-long conflict between the Jedi Order and its dark shadow, the Sith."
"a source close to the movie says that their Force-connection will turn out to run even deeper than we thought. They’re uniquely suited to understand each other, but at the same time they are in every way each other’s inverse" THIS IS THE QUOTE THAT INTERESTS ME.