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Actor Mark Hamill points as he arrives at the premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in Hollywood, California December 14, 2015. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

Director Rian Johnson shared a brief update about the production of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” The movie is currently in the post production phase of development, and the team is now putting together the first teaser trailer, which is due to be released in April.

In an interview with Empire Magazine, Johnson said that the production of his upcoming movie is going “great.” He said that they are at the moment “in the thick of editing.” The movie is “taking shape” and Johnson is “very excited.”

The fans can expect some action sequences involving pilots and ships. The director confirmed that he watched the movie “Twelve O’Clock High” to model the tone of the action scenes in his film. Johnson also watched “Three Outlaw Samurai” for the duels, and “To Catch A Thief” for the romance.

So, there will be space/aerial battles, lightsaber duels, and some romance. The director did not elaborate more on the subject. There have been some interesting friendships in “The Force Awakens,” and it will be interesting to see what kind of romance is in store for the fans in the sequel.

The first day of filming for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was on Skellig Michael. Johnson revealed that the first day was with a “very stripped-down, run-and-gun” crew. This was because the island is very remote and inaccessible, making it difficult to get a large crew.

The title of the film was revealed recently, and Johnson also shared a picture [see below] of the opening crawl online. The title raised a lot of questions about the future of Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker).

[Spoiler alert]

The title hints at the possibility of Luke’s death. However, according to a report by Iwasrasiedtodoonething, a source from the film has revealed that the character will not die. The source also explained that the word Jedi can be used as both singular and plural. So, the title is perhaps referring to both Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke being the last Jedi in the galaxy.

Does this mean that the Jedi Order will come to an end with Rey? The source doesn’t know the answer to that question yet. The source also doesn’t remember the title of the film being mentioned during the filming. So, the title may not hold too much significance, as some fans believe.

Fans will have to wait and watch the film, to see where the story takes them. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is set to be released on Dec. 15 in Australia.

Felt so good to drop this into the cut this morning.

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