Vanity Fair's 'The Last Jedi' photoshoot is full of fascinating new details

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Several other released photos spotlight the creators behind the film rather than the stars, including shots of costume designer Michael Kaplan surrounded by some of his creations, and creative supervisor Neal Scanlan, who brings the creatures of Star Wars to life.

Laura Dern has magenta hair in the next Star Wars movie, and it isn't just a cute fashion choice.

The island off the Co Kerry coast stole the show in 2015 blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens when young hero Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, tracked down Hamill's Luke Skywalker in the cliffhanger scene.

In this month's feature we're given more insight to two of the film's sure to be iconic locations, Ahch-To, the location of the first Jedi Temple and Canto Blight.

In a Vanity Fair cover story by David Kamp published online Wednesday, director Rian Johnson, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and the film's stars reveal the challenging journey of making the sequel and share never-before-told tidbits about its characters and settings.

And now John Boyega is hinting at where his character, Stormtrooper-turned-rebel Finn, will wind up in the next episode. What's perhaps all the more maddening is the reveal that Episode IX would have put Fisher's Leia front and center, in the same way that Harrison Ford's Han Solo was at the crux of The Force Awakens, and Mark Hamill's Luke is at the heart of The Last Jedi.

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Although Lucasfilm is hesitant to confirm or deny anything, this new article Vanity Fair's behind-the-scenes visit certainly seems to suggest that we'll finally see Luke and Leia reunited onscreen again - though we may have to wait until December to find out for sure.

"You'll see - there's a reason why we call him DJ", Johnson said.

Of course, any "Star Wars" anniversary reminds fans that Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia - later General Leia - is no longer with us. Rian found such a wonderful way of working with her, and I think she really relished it. "How you doing?'" he said. She broke into acting when she landed the role as Thuy on an MTV Asia series called Rouge. Then the Falcon picked me up...

Late actress Carrie Fisher was supposed to be the leading force of the ninth film in the "Star Wars" saga, plans derailed by her sudden death previous year, Lucasfilm Ltd president Kathleen Kennedy said in an interview published on Wednesday.

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" opens december 15 from Disney, parent company of ABC News.