With just two weeks before Star Wars: The Last Jedi debuts in theaters, new behind-the-scenes footage has been released. The training featurette finds the movie’s cast learning the choreography and fighting skills needed to pull off the epic battle scenes that will be featured in the film.
From Daisy Ridley picking up new lightsaber tricks for her role as Rey to Gwendoline Christie figuring out the easiest ways to move around in a battle while wearing her restrictive Captain Phasma armor, the Star Wars cast is going out of their way to make the movie’s fights as authentic as possible. They are also looking to use stunt doubles as little as possible when it comes to the movie’s showdowns.
“Finn and Phasma end up face-to-face, which results in a major fight,” John Boyega (Finn) explains. “One thing I do want to do is do the whole fight by myself.”
Even new addition Kelly Marie Tran, who plays Rose in The Last Jedi, is getting in on the fun with her own training. “What was cool was learning different types of fighting,” she says. “It was intense and fun, but it was really hard.”
The training can also hurt. In the featurette, as she prepares for a scene with Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Ridley strikes herself in the head with her own weapon. “It’s just rigorous in a great way,” Driver says.
If this short look at the making of the movie shows anything, it’s that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is taking its fights to an entirely new level. You’ll be able to see the next chapter in the Star Wars saga when it lands in theaters on December 15.