I know people worry that now Disney owns Lucasfilm and they’re churning out an endless parade of Star Wars films, among other material, they’ll star to lose their magic and become commonplace, like superhero movies. And I know we’re only a few movies deep into the global takeover, but hot damn, we haven’t reached Star Wars fatigue yet. And as of right now, I continue to get chills every single time I watch new Star Wars footage, including this new behind-the-scenes video from Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
USA Today debuted this video and it hits me right in the feelings spots. There are plenty of other places offering detailed, frame-by-frame breakdowns of the footage, from those weird space horses to Poe Dameron in action, Benicio Del Toro joining John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran on an undercover mission, and all the rest.
But it’s the sense of awe and wonder in this video that really gets me. Watching writer/director Rian Johnson go giddy and bug-eyed walking onto set, or hearing him talk about work, work, work, then having quiet moments where the enormity of it all sneaks up on him again.
There’s one quick shot of Kelly Marie Tran that drives it home for me. She’s on set, dressed as her character, Rose, and she has her hands over her mouth and a “holy shit” look on her face. I don’t know what she sees, or if I’m reading something else, but as long as the people involved has this same sense of reverence and this same feeling of sheer joy just being there, I’m not worried about losing my own enthusiasm about Star Wars just yet. Sure, the movies aren’t perfect, but they still have that magic.
And seeing Carrie Fisher as Leia is never not going to make me tear up.
I know you probably already have your tickets, but if you’re living under a rock, Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens December 15. Now you know.