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The Last Jedi Featurette Shows Off Film's New Planets

Fresh-faced actors aren't the only new things fans will see in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. There are a handful of never-before-seen locations at the heart of the film, and a newly released featurette, which aired on Saturday in São Paolo, Brazil at the Comic-Con Experience CCXP17, explores the magic of each one. 

Entitled "Worlds of The Last Jedi," the clip follows writer-director Rian Johnson throughout the real-life filming locations for the movie's new planets. First, we head to Dubrovnik, Croatia, the place that brings the casino city of Canto Bight (located on the desert planet of Cantonica) to life. "We're in this alleyway in Dubrovnik, smashing speeders," said Johnson. "That was just one of those, 'Oh my gosh, what are we doing? This is amazing!' moments."

Another major new world in The Last Jedi is Crait, a small mineral planet covered in a thick crust of white salt that hides blood-red soil beneath. Anyone who has watched the teaser and full-length trailer for The Last Jedi will recognize Crait as the place where an epic TIE fighter battle occurs. All the scenes that take place on Crait were shot on the salt flats of Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. 

And of course, there's also the aquatic planet of Ahch-To, where Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has been hiding out–and where Rey (Daisy Ridley) finds him at the end of The Force Awakens. Johnson and company took to Skellig Michael, an island off the coast of Ireland, to shoot the Ahch-To sequences, including the already-iconic ones of Rey swinging her lightsaber. 

"It was really nice putting Luke Skywalker in front of a camera," Johnson said of the filming process on Skellig Michael. Hamill himself added, "You've never seen anything like this. There's just this magical feeling that you get, and you're transported to another world."

Elsewhere in the featurette, production designer Rick Henrichs stated that The Last Jedi is "the most massive production" he has ever worked on. Cast member John Boyega, who plays former Stormtrooper-turned-Resistance fighter Finn, agreed, saying that the design team have "outdone themselves" in terms of the enormous and immersive sets. "It makes me feel like I'm on another planet," said the 25-year-old actor. 

Thankfully for us, we can see all of these gorgeous new planets when The Last Jedi is released on December 15.