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Making a Star Wars movie is a dream for many directors, a point thatā€™s made in this new USA Today featurette from the set of The Last Jedi. Rian Johnson canā€™t help but giggle as shooting begins on Episode VIII and he gets to work with Chewie, Mark Hamill, and of course, the late Carrie Fisher.


Fisher playfully gives Johnson a hard time at one point, while Gwendoline Christie offers up something just a tad more straightforward. But aside from these cast testimonials, thereā€™s a lot of impressive footage of the sets, as well as a possible glimpse at Benicio Del Toroā€™s character. Del Toro plays DJ, whom Johnson has previously described as a ā€œshady character of unclear allegiances.ā€ In this video, though, he seems to be on the side of the Resistance, going undercover with Finn (John Boyega) and Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran). Thereā€™s also what appears to be a giant puppy in a stable, which is actually something known as a Fathier or ā€œspace horse,ā€ offering the Porg some stiff competition as the cutest Star Wars creature.

The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15.