NASA confirms that ‘The Last Jedi’ will be screened in the International Space Station

In our galaxy, quite far away

NASA have confirmed that astronauts onboard the International Space Station won’t have to miss ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘ as a copy is being sent up to the ISS.

The second part of the Star Wars sequel trilogy is out today (December 14) and its reach won’t even miss the astronauts orbiting a few hundred miles above the surface of the Earth. NASA have confirmed to Inverse that a copy of the movie will be transported to the space station in the near future.

NASA Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot said: “[I] can confirm the crew will be able to watch it on orbit. [I] don’t have a definitive timeline yet. They typically get movies as digital files and can play them back on a laptop or a standard projector that is currently aboard.”

Read more: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ – Film Review

Watching films onboard the ISS is a regular pastime with the station’s extensive library of over 500 movies. This was first revealed in 2015 when astronaut Scott Kelly showed off the ISS’s new HD projector.

Luckily the ISS’ internet connection is slower than dial-up so the team won’t be that susceptible to spoilers way up in low Earth orbit.

Meanwhile, Star Wars director Rian Johnson has said it’s time an episode in the huge series was in the hands of a female or non-white film-maker. 

During a press conference in central London, The Last Jedi director was asked whether the diversity in the latest films’ cast should expand to the director’s chair – to which he replied: “hell yes”.

There are so many incredibly talented female directors, directors of colour out there, and so many that I would love to see play in this universe,” said Johnson.

During The Last Jedi‘s LA premiere, Johnson dedicated the event to the late Carrie Fisher. “I want to dedicate tonight to Carrie, who is up there right now flipping me the bird, saying, ‘Damn it Rian, don’t you dare make this night a solemn tribute,’” he said, adding: “So let’s all have a blast tonight for Carrie.”