If Star Wars: The Force Awakens was about the search for Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be all about why he had to run and hide in the first place. According to Rian Johnson, the Jedi’s self-exile will be at the center of the upcoming Episode VIII.
The Case Of Kylo Ren
There is little that is known about the self-exile of Luke Skywalker in the sacred planet of Ach-To.
One. Luke once opened his own school for people who displayed sensitivity to the Force.
Two. His own nephew Ben Solo (Adam Driver) was one of his students.
Three. The son of Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) was corrupted by the Knights of Ren and Supreme Leader Snoke.
Four. Ben took the name Kylo Ren and slaughtered fellow students who are under the care of Luke.
Five. This event drove Leia and Han apart and sent Luke in a self-exile leaving clues of his whereabouts via R2-D2.
J.J. Abrams’ box office hit offered more questions than answers, but the franchise still has two more movies to resolve them. And it looks like the follow-up to 2015’s The Force Awakens will be able to provide clarity to some of the mysteries introduced in the new trilogy.
In an interview with EW to celebrate the international holiday that is May the Fourth, Johnson assured that Luke Skywalker will play a major role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In fact, the entire movie will explore why the Jedi had to run away instead of fighting Kylo Ren and the First Order.
“Figuring out where [Luke’s] head was at was the very first thing I had to do when writing the movie,” he explained. “And it had to be something for me that first and foremost made sense. ‘Why did Luke Skywalker go off to this island?’ That was the starting point, and that’s what the entire movie explores.”
Is Rey or Luke The Last Jedi?
That said, fans will likely understand what really happened to Ben Solo while he was having his Jedi training under Luke. It could also provide the answer as to why Luke thinks that the Jedi has to end.
But Rey is not happy about all these. She crossed the galaxy and risked her life to find the legendary Jedi. When she finally found him, he was not exactly the same man who once upon a time fought Darth Vader and the Empire.
According to Daisy Ridley, Rey and Luke will have a tenuous relationship at first. Rey looked up to the Jedi, but a long time has passed and things have already changed.
“There were all these expectations on Luke right from the beginning — this is your calling, this is what you have to do, you have to train,” the actress told MTV. “And then clearly something’s taken him away.”
From the trailer, however, it looks like Rey will eventually convince the old Jedi to train her. In the video embedded below, viewers can see that the young fighter from Jakku, is wielding a lightsaber and manipulating the Force.
Luke’s hesitation to continue the ways of the Jedi will probably be thrown out the window once he sees Rey’s incredible abilities. The new character was able to use the Force and defeat Kylo Ren in a lightsaber battle without training. However, whether she will become the titular Last Jedi or become the first of a new group remains to be seen.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi also stars John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Billie Lourd, Lupita Nyong’o and Laura Dern. The movie will land on the big screen on Dec. 15.