On December 2-4 I had the experience of a lifetime to travel to Los Angeles and experience the magic, wonder and mystery that surrounds Star Wars – The Last Jedi. The trip surrounded the December 3 Press Junket and brought forth a ton of excitement from all of the actors that were present, but also all of the people in the audience too. On top of this the people running the press event had a whole floor of other great Star Wars items to make our experiences even more fun!
The first part of the day surrounded the press junket where I was lucky enough to have snagged a front row seat to the event. As the cast was brought into the event being guarded by the praetorian guard, you knew that the event would be special. The junket itself had all of the main cast members including: Mark Hamill (“Luke Skywalker”), Daisy Ridley (“Rey”), John Boyega (“Finn”), Oscar Isaac (“Poe Dameron”), Adam Driver (“Kylo Ren”), Domhnall Gleeson (“General Hux”), Gwendoline Christie (“Captain Phasma”), Andy Serkis (“Supreme Leader Snoke”), Laura Dern (“Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo”), Kelly Marie Tran (“Rose Tico”) and Director Rian Johnson
While the cast was still quite secretive when it came to the film, they did share some of their experiences together as a cast and spoke t the legacy that they were leaving for Star Wars fans now and in the future. The press event went for about 45 minutes and in the end while we didn’t learn the secrets behind the movie, it was a bit awe-inspiring to be in the presence of the cast and to hear about their experiences!
After the press junket, we had the ability to interview a few of the great actors of the Star Wars – The Last Jedi. For us, we were able to meet Domhnall Gleeson (“General Hux”), Gwendoline Christie (“Captain Phasma”), Laura Dern (“Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo”), and Kelly Marie Tran (“Rose Tico”). Throughout this month I will share my impressions from these interviews so watch for them as these actors were very raw and open with us and again, while they had to watch what they shared, it was so much fun to explore the film with each of them.
After the interviews and lunch, we had the opportunity to go and explore a whole floor of Star Wars related fan items, products, VR Experiences and more. On top of this we had the opportunity to interact with two of the droids from the film, BB8 and BB9E. These two droids were so lively and fun and as you will see below I even had a great chat with BB8 that was truly memorable.
We were able to make our own T-Shirts with six designs to choose from and there were some amazing Star Wars products that we got to engage with and I will tell you that if I had the chance to load up my own Christmas list with these Star Wars products I would! I especially loved the two VR Experiences that we had.
There were images from the filming of Star Wars – The Last Jedi and I, for one, found these to be so much fun as well. I loved interacting with all the brands that were in attendance. All were so excited to meet all of the fans that were also bloggers and press representatives. If you are looking for some very unique gifts there will be a ton that revolves around Star Wars and/or Star Wars – The Last Jedi that are either out already or will be out before you know it!
I even got a fun Porg cup that I am already using!
Below is a video I created that shows you some of the experiences I had on this great day!
All-in-all this was a wonderful day that completely drew me in and allowed my inner-Star Wars geek to shine. It was an experience that I will definitely not forget.
Watch throughout this month as I share even more experiences from this event as you will want to read more about the press junket and the interviews that I had!
In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.
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