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The 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' "Crystal Foxes" Have A Name (Updated)

Written by sdsichero on Tuesday, November 21 2017 and posted in News with Benefits

The 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

Also notes on Rose Tico and Poe & Holdo

Source: Luminous Beings: How Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s crystal foxes came to life

As promised yesterday, Entertainment Weekly (EW) had more information on Star Wars: The Last Jedi today (and for the rest of the week). The article with the most new information about it pertaining on those mysterious "crystal foxes" seen in the full trailer.

The Last Jedi appears to have a bunch of wildlife in it. Everyone knows about the porgs, and no doubt Outhouse reporter Zechs is giddy about the farthiers, but what about these fox-like creatures? Well, the creatures have a name and it isn't Krystal. The crystaline animals are known as a vulptex, in plural vulptices. Living on the white, crystaline planet of Crait (which is also featured in an upcoming comic). Apparently these foxes are not just for background, head of the Star Wars creature shop Neal Scanlan says:

"They live within the burrows and within the tunnels beneath the planet" … "So there is a time where their ability to shine within the darkness, should provide a guiding light to our heroes."


starwarstljvulptex.jpgA vulptex


To help get the look of the vulptex right, an animal whose fur has turned crystaline from eating things on the surface of the planet, they had a live stand-in. The creature shop built a little suit for a dog covered with clear drinking straws. This allowed them to see how an actual animal would move with clear-ish filaments on them. The dog was only used for testing, not in the actual movie.

UPDATE 11/22/17:

The official YouTube channel has a behind-the-scenes look at the vulptex:



The second The Last Jedi article EW posted for the day was less about the movie's story and more a story about one of the new actors in the saga. The Last Jedi will be Kelly Marie Tran's (in the role of Rose Tico) first really big role in film.

rosecontrolandfinn.jpgFinn (John Boyega) (background) with Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran)


The article focuses on how Tran was ready to give up on an acting career before landing this role.

Finally (for today), there is an article on the character of Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (Laura Dern) and how she will clash with Poe Dameron (Oscar Issac). Some of this conflict had been hinted at before, but expanded upon here. After the capitol of the New Republic was destroyed in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, things are a bit chaotic. Holdo enters to shake things up, and when people do that, you don't always get buy-in, and that's the case with Poe.

starwarstljewcvr3Entertainment Weekly cover featuring Dameron and Holdo


Dern comments on the cover featuring her and Issac:

"It's definitely appropriate that they've paired us because a lot of the friction and conflict comes between Poe and that relationship with Admiral Holdo, who is this person that's been — at least temporarily — put in charge of the Resistance"


Poe is not only dealing with his loyalty to General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), but also Holdo's style. Issac comments on the clashing styles:

"Even if something seems like it's not the most heroic thing to do in the moment, thinking about the bigger picture is sometimes more important" … "That's something he's trying to wrap his mind around, but at the same time, with the Resistance being in such a precarious situation, he wants to do the right thing, and doesn't want to just wait and let things happen. He doesn't necessarily agree with the way Holdo sees the role of the Resistance in this particular moment."


We'll see what kind of info on Star Wars: The Last Jedi EW has tomorrow. The movie opens in theaters December 15.


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