Star Wars: The Last Jedi has more important things to explore and reveal than dwell on a love story between two characters. According to director Rian Johnson, that romance will not be at the center of the anticipated new movie.
No Han and Leia Replacements
Last week, Star Wars celebrated its 40th anniversary and, as a treat, the cast and crew of The Last Jedi came out to talk about the follow-up to 2015’s The Force Awakens. A lot have been revealed over the conversations with the cast. Among the topics discussed is whether there are characters who will be romantically involved in Episode VIII.
The franchise has always featured romances. In the original trilogy, it was Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) who stole the spotlight. The prequel trilogy was all about Anakin Skywalker’s (Hayden Christensen) forbidden love for Padme Amidala (Nathalie Portman).
Naturally, fans are expecting to see the franchise’s next OTP. However, Johnson revealed that The Last Jedi will not feature the next Han and Leia.
In his interview with Vanity Fair (via Comic Book), the filmmaker was asked whether there will be a romantic relationship in the upcoming movie. Here is what he revealed:
“Not the way it does in the original one, no,” he told the publication. “And that’s something that I would have loved for there to have been, but when we started working forward with these characters, it just didn’t feel -”
So while no two characters will admit their feelings for each other in Episode VIII a la Han and Leia, it looks like there will be, at least, a bit of flirtation between the unnamed characters. Perhaps, their romance will be fully realized in Episode IX.
“Well, you’ll have to see,” he continued. “But there is no one-to-one equivalent of the Han-to-Leia burning, unrequited love in our story. Yeah, I can’t speak of what Colin is doing. In our story, that’s not a centerpiece.”
Since The Force Awakens, fans have been hoping that Finn (John Boyega) will romance Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). The chemistry between the former Stormtrooper and the Resistance pilot was undeniable when they left the Starkiller Base and then returned to Jakku. However, it will not happen this year.
It might be a good thing that the movie will keep the focus on the romance aspect in the minimum. The movie has a lot to explore when it comes out later this year. One of which is the identity of Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) parents. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) also has to answer why he thinks the Jedi has to end. Moreover, there is also a big revelation that will rock the entire Star Wars history.
The Last Jedi Is No Empire Strikes Back
Another reason why Johnson forego the romance in The Last Jedi is probably because he wanted to keep the movie as different to The Empire Strikes Back as much as possible. Because of The Force Awakens, fans are afraid that they will see Episode V over again.
Hamill, however, disagrees. In the same interview with Vanity Fair, the actor assured that Johnson’s movie is not just different from The Empire Strikes Back, but different from anything from the franchise.
“It’s so much different in many ways from the other episodes,” he said. “And yet, I think it’s very satisfying in delivering what the fans want to see.”
Hamill is not the only one who described the movie as “different.” An early cut was also said to be unlike its predecessors.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will also star Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson, Billie Lourd, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro. The movie will be released on Dec. 15.
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