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Rian Johnson Reveals Some Jedi Couture in Star Wars: Episode VIII Behind-the-Scenes Photo


Not too shabby, eh?

Episode VIII director Rian Johnson knows just how the hype game’s played, and he’s playing it really darn well. He just posted a photo to his Tumblr to celebrate entering the “home stretch” of production. This one is particularly tantalizing because it’s a photo of what appear to be Jedi robes—but don’t exactly appear to be just any old Jedi robes. As former TMS editor-in-chief Jill Pantozzi so astutely pointed out over on HitFix, this cloak sports a very dashing tie in the front.

Luke Skywalker’s robes at the end of The Force Awakens don’t appear to have a tie, so whose could these possibly be? Oh, I don’t know, maybe Rey’s?!

Sure, it’s a stretch, but maybe not that much of one. These could very well just be Luke’s sporty, workout robes. Y’know, for the Jedi-on-the-go.

This photo’s just the latest in a small handful of set photos that Johnson’s been sharing. Back in April, he shared a photo of some Maz Kanata motion capture work. After that, he celebrated passing the halfway point of shooting with some photos of pilots and First Order officers at work. It’s been a pleasure watching all these little things come out. People’s speculation and buzz around these photos are just so intriguing to read and hear about.

They know just how to keep us going, don’t they? Especially given the fact that we’ve got until next December to wait. Uuuugh.

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