The force is strong as details on ‘Casino Planet’ in new Star Wars film emerge

  • Casino planet revealed for next Star Wars movie
  • Said to be the setting for the movie’s more lighthearted moments

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In a galaxy far far away it has been confirmed that a ‘casino planet’ will feature in the next installment of the Star Wars franchise.

Rian Johnson, writer and director of the upcoming eighth Star Wars saga movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi, has confirmed that his casino creation will serve as the setting for some of the more lighthearted moments in the movie.

Canto Bight

In an interview with Vanity Fair to mark the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, Johnson revealed he created Canto Bight to be an ultra-glamorous playground for the rich. He wanted it to be the complete antithesis of typical Star Wars movie settings, a place of wealth and luxury inspired by the glitz and glamour of Monte Carlo.

The diverse, eclectic and excessively rich creatures found at Canto Bight have developed a way of living far away from the galactic wars that keep raging on.

Far from a dirge

Johnson said in the interview that he didn’t want the movie to be seen as ‘a dirge’. He wanted to inject some humor into it at multiple points so the audience will feel like they’re ‘on a fun ride’. The characters of Canto Bright are said provide the movie’s more comic moments, if you will, giving the movie regular breaks from all the seriousness of the galactic wars.

Role in the movie

We know that Finn, introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will visit Canto Bight along with newcomer Rose. What they get up to there and the reason behind their visit haven’t been revealed just yet. It’s been rumored that the character played by Benicio Del Toro will have something of a connection to the casino. Johnson hasn’t disclosed what the actual name of Del Toro’s character is, though he has referred to the character as ‘DJ’ – the character could well be a DJ working at the casino, or something completely different. We’ll find out when Star Wars: The Last Jedi is released on December 17 and we’re excited to see what Canto Bight looks like.

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