It's very hard to believe, but today marks the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, a film which told the impossible tale of a farm boy, a space cowboy, a princess, a Wookie, and two droids hurling off into space into a galaxy far, far away to fight the forces of evil in the form of a man in a retro-fitted Japanese samurai suit.
Now, as #StarWars40th trends on Twitter, we take a look at the latest spoilers from The Last Jedi, which were revealed in a series of cover stories for Vanity Fair this month.
According to USA Today, one of the first things we learned about The Last Jedi on #StarWars40th is that Kylo Ren -- the resident bad guy, the son of Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and the grandson of Darth Vader -- feels a little badly after killing his father. The outlet spoke to actor Adam Driver, who plays Kylo Ren, and he discussed how we'll see his character develop in this latest installment of the Skywalker saga.
"I feel like almost everyone is in that rehabilitation state. You know, I don't think that patricide is all that it's cracked up to be. Maybe that's where Kylo Ren is starting from. His external scar is probably as much an internal one."
How #StarWars changed modern nerd culture forever: https://t.co/DvvoQNXHPU #StarWars40th pic.twitter.com/ALG5f1ErotMeanwhile, Vanity Fair plans to break the Internet with what they call their definitive The Last Jedi preview, which they coincidentally released on what's officially #StarWars40th.
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Famed photographer Annie Liebovitz took the photos of the cast of The Last Jedi, as the outlet spoke exclusively to the cast and crew to get some insight into what we can expect.
Of course, while no one would give away complete story lines, they certainly gave enough information for fans to get excited about what's to come.
40 years ago in theaters not so far, far away.... #StarWars40th pic.twitter.com/6rpMMegQUYMark Hamill, the actor who plays Luke Skywalker, gave some insight into how his character has grown over the years, and what we can expect from him in this installment.
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"Now, remember, one of the plots in the earlier films was the telepathic communication between my sister and me. So I thought, Carrie will sense that Han is in danger and try to contact me. And she won't succeed, and, in frustration, she'll go herself. Then we're in the situation where all three of us are together, which is one of my favorite things in the original film, when we were on the Death Star. The reason that's important is that we witness his death, which carries enormous personal resonance into the next picture. As it is, Chewie's there, and how much can you get out of [passable Chewbacca wail] 'Nyaaarghhh!' and two people who have known Han for, what, 20 minutes?"
Poll: What Was Your First Star Wars Film? #StarWars40th https://t.co/IEgwDz4F9o pic.twitter.com/JKwLcJCvAJFinally, Nerdist celebrates #StarWars40th by taking a look at the myriad of ways that the film changed "nerd culture" forever.
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The outlet took a look at the way "nerd culture," which was once a fringe fandom, became mainstream after the film premiered.
"Star Wars, in unprecedented fashion, made sci-fi/fantasy respectable and extremely profitable. The following years saw big budget sci-fi films like Superman: The Movie and Alien. Of course, the massive success of Star Wars paved the way for the return of Star Trek in film, and from this point forward, Trek wouldn't ever look bargain basement again."So, on behalf of everyone here, we wish a happy birthday to Star Wars, and celebrate #StarWars40th with nerds all over the world!
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