'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Reveals First Look at Snoke's Guards, Aliens From Jedi Temple

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Reveals First Look at Snoke's Guards, Aliens From Jedi Temple

The photos show the loyal army that serves the Supreme Leader Snoke and some new creatures from the planet of Ahch-To where Luke Skywaker hides.
Several new images from "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" are unleashed via Entertainment Weekly. One of the photos shows a first glimpse at The Praetorian Guards that serve Andy Serkis' Supreme Leader Snoke.

"The Emperor's guards were very formal, and you always got the sense that they could fight, but they didn't," writer-director Rian Johnson explains. "They looked like they were more ceremonial, and you never really saw them in action. The Praetorians, my brief to [costume designer] Michael Kaplan was that those guys have to be more like samurai. They have to be built to move, and you have to believe that they could step forward and engage if they have to. They have to seem dangerous."

Some other pictures offer a first look at the creatures that live in the planet of Ahch-To where Luke Skywalker has been hiding. Luke will be joined by penguin-like creatures inspired by the real-life animal that native to the Irish island of Skellig Michael where "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was filmed.

The other new creatures introduced in the upcoming film is the Caretakers of the Jedi Temple. "They're kind of these sort of fish-bird type aliens who live on the island," Johnson says. "They've been there for thousands of years, and they essentially keep up the structures on the island." He adds, "They're all female, and I wanted them to feel like a remote sort of little nunnery."

In the next movie, Daisy Ridley's Rey will try to convince Mark Hamill's Luke to come out of his retirement. "[Luke] made a huge mistake in thinking that his nephew was the chosen one, so he invested everything he had in Kylo, much like Obi-Wan did with my character, and he is betrayed, with tragic consequences," Hamill reveals.

"Luke feels responsible for that. That's the primary obstacle he has to rejoining the world and his place in the Jedi hierarchy, you know? It's that guilt, that feeling that it's his fault, that he didn't detect the darkness in him until it was too late," the actor continues.

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