"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" opens in theaters Thursday

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' has been hailed as the best film in the franchise, according to some who have been lucky enough to already see it.

"I want to sit in with them and hear my first experience of this movie - to hear all the gasps, to hear the laughs, to see everybody lifting their seat for the exciting moments".

No spoilers here, don't worry. There's no new reveals here: the planets of Canto Bight, Crait, and Ahch-To have popped up in the film's two trailers, but each use real world locations to add to the fantastic variety of worlds we're familiar with in the Star Wars universe.

Director Rian Johnson says that when he came onboard the project, "the first conversations you have are always about what makes something feel like Star Wars, " and they travelled around the world and built some incredible sets for the film's locations.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will open in New Zealand cinemas on December 14. "I hope they like it", he said.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Actors Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Gwendoline Christie and Domhnall Gleeson were applauded at the premiere Image copyright Reuters Image caption Carrie Fisher died last December after completing her work on the movie Is it any good?

"But it really resonates with what it is to follow your own human, dark, narcissistic tendencies, where that will take you".

The Walt Disney Co. also held back showing 2015's The Force Awakens and last year's Rogue One for the HFPA, rendering those films similarly ineligible for consideration. "The Last Jedi" is the late actress' final onscreen performance in the franchise.

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