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We take a behind the scenes look at one of the best sequences in The Last Jedi: Snoke’s throne room fight that pits Rey and Kylo Ren against Snoke’s Praetorian Guards.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is out digitally and will be releasing on Blu-ray disc on Tuesday, March 27th. Luckily, the digital release features all of the bonus goodies that come packaged with the film. In addition to an in-depth documentary about the making of the movie and a handful of deleted scenes, The Last Jedi home release gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at the creation and execution of the throne room fight sequence that thrilled fans who saw it in theaters.
The Last Jedi sees Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, confront Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren aboard Supreme Leader Snoke’s Star Destroyer, the Supremacy. Kylo Ren brings Rey before his master, who’s portrayed by Andy Serkis via motion capture technology. Serkis is physically on set and interacts with the actors while cameras capture his performance. His physical self is then covered with a computer-generated image of Snoke. Serkis is no stranger to motion capture acting – two of his most famous roles are Gollum in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies and Caesar in the new Planet of the Apes films.
One of the best bonus features that comes with The Last Jedi is a behind the scenes look at Serkis’ performance during filming. The bonus feature, titled “Andy Serkis Live! (One Night Only),” actually lets viewers watch the confrontation between Rey and Snoke before post-production has replaced Serkis with the CGI required to create Snoke. It’s interesting to see the man behind the performance and watching Serkis manifest Snoke’s mannerisms and imposing form is intriguing.
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In The Last Jedi, after Snoke humiliates Rey with his compelling show of the Force, Kylo Ren briefly sees the light. He chooses to kill Snoke, despite his master instructing him to ignite his lightsaber through Rey, just as he had done to Han Solo.
What happens next is a memorable and awe-inspiring fight between a newly allied Rey and Kylo Ren and Snoke’s Praetorian Guards. Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver both impressively completed their own stunts for the scene, showcasing their dedication to their skills with a lightsaber.
Both Ridley and Driver seemed determined to do the fight justice and provide emotional performances that match the immense magnitude of the scene for the film’s plot.
Both trained for months to make sure they had mastered every motion and every lightsaber strike.
Their performances shine through, as Rey and Kylo Ren desperately fight for their lives before finally confronting each other. While the two don’t remain allies for long, the team-up in the throne room shocked fans and gave us a thrilling fight sequence during which we thought Kylo Ren had turned back to the light.
The end result is arguably the best scene in The Last Jedi.
Buy Star Wars: The Last Jedi now on digital HD or wait for the Blu-ray to drop on March 27.