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New Star Wars: The Last Jedi Behind-the-Scenes Featurette Is Full of Emotions

Director Rian Johnson is in awe! Chewy is sad! Carrie Fisher is … well, Carrie Fisher. And now we’re kind of sad. Man, The Last Jedi is going to hit us like a ton of logs dropped from an Ewok net, isn’t it?

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Johnson has made no secret of the fact that he’s a Star Wars fan who now suddenly finds himself on the opposite side of things, recently saying that he’s really enjoying watching all the fan speculation from his new angle. In the behind-the-scenes video above, we get to live vicariously through him as he has a series of “holy crap” moments on the set of his dream job.

We also get to see a brief bit of Carrie Fisher’s perfect wit with a backhanded compliment directed at Johnson, who has said that he had a close working relationship with Fisher on the Last Jedi script. Along with this new video, he reiterated to USA Today that each of the new characters we met in The Force Awakens will be tested to their own personal extreme:

“[P]art of that meant that we had to make things as hard on each of them as possible: At least part of the movie, they don’t have their friends around. They’ve got to figure things out for themselves. They’ve got to be faced with whatever the toughest thing each of them can be faced with, and they’re not going to have their buddy there next to them to get them out of it, necessarily.”

Rey trains with Luke, Finn must face down the First Order and Captain Phasma, and Poe has to rise to the occasion as a Resistance leader—not to mention Luke and Leia’s character arcs that Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher were instrumental in guiding. This is going to be a weighty one, folks. Johnson’s not going to be the only one having some “holy crap” moments.

(via USA Today, image: screengrab)

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