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New Details on Luke Skywalker on ‘STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI’

August 9, 2017

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens ended on the audience watching Luke Skywalker on the big screen after 32 years, and he didn’t even speak. He’s an old man, no one has seen him in decades and he’s living alone on a tiny island on a planet called Ach-To (as in Act Two of the new trilogy). Writer-director Rian Johnson spoke with EW and revealed how he got there and why it would be such a big deal for the upcoming STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.

“The very first step in the writing of this was figuring out why he’s on that island. We know that he is not a coward. He’s not just hiding because he’s scared. But we also know that he must know his friends are in danger. He must know the galaxy needs him. And he’s sitting on this island in the middle of nowhere. There had to be an answer. It had to be something where Luke Skywalker believes he’s doing the right thing– and the process of figuring out what that is and unpacking it is the journey for Rey.”

Mark Hamill himself gave even more details about what the character was going through and how he knows the feelings he harbors go way back to the original movie.

“[Luke] made a huge mistake in thinking that his nephew was the chosen one, so he invested everything he had in Kylo, much like Obi-Wan did with my character, and he is betrayed, with tragic consequences. Luke feels responsible for that. That’s the primary obstacle he has to rejoining the world and his place in the Jedi hierarchy, you know? It’s that guilt, that feeling that it’s his fault, that he didn’t detect the darkness in him until it was too late… I think he probably looks out on the horizon and wishes that he could be more effective, could be what Obi-Wan wanted him to be, but life is imperfect and without conflict there is no drama. Believe me, you’re going to see a lot of conflict in THE LAST JEDI. That is for sure.”

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Daisy Ridley also spoke about Rey’s thoughts about meeting Luke and what her character’s inner thoughts are.

“Oh my God, this other man that I lost within a couple days was somewhat of a father figure. Now he’s gone, and instead I’m with this grumpy guy on an island who doesn’t want me here.”

What about John Boyega’s Finn? He described himself as a “big deal” in The Resistance during the previous film and now finds his self-appointed prophecy coming true. Boyega said:

“Everyone in the space, throughout the galaxy would have heard about the young Jedi who discovered her powers and defeated Kylo Ren and the young former Stormtrooper who helped saved the day. He’s a hero to people like Rose, who fight for the Resistance because their homes have been destroyed by their First Order.”

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This next film will also introduce Rose, who’s a brand new character and played by newcomer Kelly Marie Tran. Trans says her character gets caught up in the hype of Finn when they first meet and seeing it as an inverse of who she is herself.

“Poe Dameron is super cool. Finn’s super cool. Even though [Rose] is good at what she does, she’s not known. She’s not cool. She’s this nobody, this background player, which is what makes her interesting. She’s not the best. She’s not royalty. She’s someone who is just like everyone else.”

Finn and Rose will team up in the movie taking to the “casino metropolis” Canto Bright, located on the planet Cantonica. Johnson said:

“The whole city is kind of one sort of luxury resort that’s been built on this very otherwise abandoned, arid planet. It’s like Vegas with aliens. So maybe it is just like Vegas.”

Johnson also spoke about the film as a whole, that fans will see parallels between The Last Jedi and The Empire Strikes Back and how they were actually coincidental.

“I just tried to kind of ignore that aspect of it and have the story take the shape that it needed to. But look, Rey is off in a remote location with a Jedi master, and the Resistance is in a tough spot, and we’re intercutting those stories. By its very nature, there are some structural parallels. But these are new characters, they’re dealing with new things, and that ultimately is what defines the movie. So I think that’s going to be unique.”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters and IMAX on December 15.

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