Lucasfilm’s upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi is very likely to be the biggest movie release of 2017. What few solid details we know have been gleamed from interviews and teasers. One thing we do know however, we will be visiting a Casino Planet that’s promising to be unlike anything else in the galaxy.
Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo spoke with Vanity Fair for the magazine’s summer issue and built on Johnson’s comments about Canto Bight, discussing just how a planet like this will fit into the wider Star Wars mythos, and why it’s so different:
“What we’re going to see in The Last Jedi are some people who have managed to carve out a life for themselves where they can live apart from the galactic struggle. They found a way to live above it or beyond it. There’s a class of wealthy that have helped build all sorts of loopholes in society that will always ensure that they’ll survive or even thrive no matter what else is happening out there.”
What sets this planet aside is the fact that it’s not directly tied to the events of the wider universe. The residents of the planet are so rich, they don’t have a vested interest in the wider goings-on within the universe. It means that the planet will have a unique feel to it – one that clashes with planets we’ve seen before. Compare the deserts of Jakku to the casinos of Canto Bight, and you instantly get a different feel.
It also means that Finn and Rose’s arrival could create some interesting dynamics for the residents of Canto Bight. With no allegiances to answer too, could we see an Empire Strikes Back style sellout from the rich residents of the casino planet?
Certainly, after Star Wars: The Force Awakens played it so safe – it’ll be good to see the universe being expanded in meaningful ways again. We’ll be curious to see how Canto Bight ends up playing into the wider goings on.