‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ playing at home: Everything we know

Oh my Skywalker! “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has made millions in theaters, and now it gets its home release Tuesday. But you didn’t expect Disney to stop telling the story of “The Last Jedi” with just the movie, right? Since the first trailer’s premiere at the Star Wars Celebration in April through adaptations of the story into a novelization and comic book, Lucasfilm has been enlarging the latest tale of a galaxy far, far away.

While we reviewed the movie when it came out, we’ll still start this off with the 100 percent spoiler-free details for anyone who’s been avoiding online trailers, toys, complaints over the story or anything else that’s since hit the web during the theatrical run.

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When you can watch ‘The Last Jedi’

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” came to theaters in the US, UK and Australia on Thursday, Dec. 14. While a few theaters are still playing it, you can purchase a digital copy of the film starting Tuesday, March 13 via digital stores like iTunes, Google Play, Vudu or Amazon. You can also buy it through Disney’s Movies Anywhere service, and link those stores to your Movies Anywhere account to view on whichever device you want. That way you can watch “The Last Jedi” from your iPhone, iPad, Android device, Roku, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV or any other device that supports at least one of those digital stores.

If you want a physical copy of “The Last Jedi,” you’ll have to wait until March 27 when it becomes available on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD. And while Disney does plan to leave Netflix to start its own streaming service in 2019, “The Last Jedi” is expected to come to Netflix at some point before the agreement ends, much like how “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is currently available on the service.

The home release is stacked with special features, including “The Director and the Jedi” documentary on director Rian Johnson’s journey through the film’s production, deleted scenes and audio commentary.

Get your pause button ready if you need a bathroom break. “The Last Jedi” is the longest Star Wars film so far, with a runtime of 2 hours, 30 minutes.

Who’s in it?

Nearly everyone in 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” returns in one way or another. That includes legacy actors Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and the late Carrie Fisher in her final portrayal of Leia Organa. (No, Harrison Ford’s Han Solo isn’t back.) 

Newer faces like Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma and Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron also continue their stories. 

CGI-wise, Andy Serkis returns to embody Supreme Leader Snoke, and Lupita Nyong’o will be back as Maz Kanata. Expect BB-8 to roll on back, and Chewbacca too.

Director Rian Johnson also helmed 2012’s “Looper” and three episodes of “Breaking Bad.”

As far as new faces, we’ll get to that below the giant spoiler warning.

Hasbro’s toy-edition of the porg is waddling into your heart.

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Benicio del Toro joins the Star Wars universe as DJ, a shady codebreaker. It’s still vague (even after watching the film) exactly what DJ is up to, but in the hands of an actor with a resume like del Toro’s, the character could expand in future films. Kelly Marie Tran plays Rose, a maintenance worker for the Resistance who befriends Finn. They quickly get swept up in their own mission that takes them undercover at Finn’s old employer, the First Order. Look out too for an appearance by Laura Dern as Admiral Holdo.

Like “Force Awakens,” the film features a few big names that might be harder to spot under helmets or make-up. Keep your eyes peeled for cameos from “Rogue One” director Gareth Edwards, Justin Theroux, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hardy.

You’ll also see new CGI characters in the form of the adorable, penguin-like porgs. Lucasfilm Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo said in July the creatures are native to Ahch-To, and will be living on the island where Rey and Luke meet at the end of “The Force Awakens.” 

BB-9E might be BB-8’s evil twin.

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Just as cute, but with a questionable allegiance, is the new BB-9E droid revealed in August as part of Force Friday. BB-9E is painted in dark colors and has a flat head that stays on top of a rolling body similar to BB-8’s.

And the rolling droid army might not stop with just BB-8 vs. BB-9E. IGN discovered in September that the blue 2BB2 and light brown BB-4 droids are options in the Star Wars Droid Factory at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. The Sphero Star Wars app describes the droids as “ready to aid in the fight against the First Order.” 

What’s the story?

The narrative picks up not long after we left off from “The Force Awakens” — with Rey meeting a worn-out Luke Skywalker, who makes quite clear his feelings that the Jedi order should end. As Rey pursues Skywalker to teach her how to use the Force, Leia and the Resistance are being chased by the First Order following the destruction of Starkiller base.

Kylo Ren and the First Order have the upper hand as the movie begins, and the son of Han and Leia is seen becoming torn between his original life as Ben Solo and his current life as a Sith.

Other highlights to look out for: Poe Dameron and BB-8 reunite to fight a space battle, Finn and his new partner Rose explore a new Star Wars planet full of rich people, the mysterious Admiral Holdo makes potentially questionable decisions, a return of a fan-favorite character, Force powers getting used by all kinds of characters and a gorgeous fiery battle featuring Captain Phasma — the latter whom we last saw in a trash compactor. (If you want to know how she escaped, there’s a comic book for that.)

“The Last Jedi” is Carrie Fisher’s final Star Wars film.

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And, of course, the late Carrie Fisher continues as General Leia Organa, leading her forces through much of this space adventure.

While she had shot all of her “Last Jedi” scenes before her untimely death in December 2016 at age 60, it has been heavily rumored her character was expected to be a big part of 2019’s “Episode IX.” 

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that sentiment to Vanity Fair in May. Kennedy said that movie would have put a focus on Leia in much the same way Han Solo was depicted in “The Force Awakens.” 

Instead, Lucasfilm said in January the studio has no plans to digitally re-create her, stating “We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia, and will always strive to honor everything she gave to Star Wars.”

Who’s the last Jedi?

Here’s the biggest thing we didn’t know before seeing the movie: Who is the title referring to? Is it Luke? Is it Rey? Or someone completely different? And yes, Johnson did say that Luke is the Jedi in the title, but it was a misdirect. 

Will I see anything after the credits?

Nope, this isn’t a Marvel movie. BUT you should at least sit through the first few minutes of the credits, which include a brief memorial to Carrie Fisher.

What about ‘Episode IX’? And that ‘Solo’ movie?

Have some patience, but you won’t be waiting long. While both of these upcoming Star Wars movies have had their original director(s) replaced, the future of Star Wars movies is looking pretty bright. 

Director Ron Howard announced in October that he’s wrapped shooting on “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” the movie all about a younger Han Solo played by Alden Ehrenreich. It’s still planned to debut on May 25, 2018, despite losing original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller during filming.

Meanwhile, J.J. Abrams is returning to the director’s chair for “Star Wars: Episode IX,” allowing him to close out the trilogy he started with 2015’s “The Force Awakens.” Abrams’ return was announced a week after original “Episode IX” director Colin Trevorrow stepped away from the movie in September. Along with the director change came a delay, with the film now scheduled to debut on Dec. 20, 2019 instead of May 24, 2019.

And what’s Rian Johnson doing after this?

He’s hoping you’re going to love “The Last Jedi,” because after that, he’s starting a whole new trilogy of Star Wars films that are completely disconnected from Luke Skywalker and his family. In case he’s reading this, here are a few tips that we hope he could consider while crafting this new corner of the Star Wars universe.

First published Nov. 22, 2017 at 10:16 a.m. PT.
Update Dec. 1, 7:53 a.m. PT: Adds cameos to look out for.
Update Dec. 11, 1:20 p.m. PT: Adds early social media reactions.
Update Dec. 12. 9 a.m. PT: Adds link to our review and whether there’s anything after the credits roll.
Update March 13, 8:50 a.m. PT: Adds home release information.

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