New info on Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Luke Skywalker, plus new images

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Entertainment Weekly has unveiled new images from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and along with it are new spicy details about Luke Skywalker and why he’s become a hermit on a remote island.

Fans first saw the return of Mark Hamill as Luke in Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ cliffhanger ending. Rey is seen holding the lightsaber up with both characters staring at each other while the camera rotates around them. (It seemed like an eternity for this writer.) In that film, we know that Luke has trained Kylo Ren, the son of Han Solo and Leia Organa. However, he has turned to the Dark Side, and his actions have caused Luke to go into hiding. Now we have Rian Johnson, who’s written and directed the film, giving fans a bit more detail on Luke’s psyche.

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Credit: Jonathan Olley/ILM/© 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd.

“The very first step in the writing of this was figuring out why he’s on that island,” Johnson tells EW. “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.”

Hamill talks about the guilt in training Kylo Ren and not realizing his darkness:

“[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.”


Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, discusses the dynamics of the different father figures in The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi:

“‘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.'”

Finn and Rose

John Boyega, who plays Finn, talks about how the Resistance will know of his and Rey’s part in helping with the fight.

“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 save the day,” Boyega said. “He’s a hero to people like Rose, who fight for the Resistance because their homes have been destroyed by the First Order.”

Kelly Marie Tran, who plays newcomer Rose, shares her character’s place in the Star Wars universe when compared to the other main characters.

“Poe Dameron is super cool. Finn’s super cool. Even though [Rose] is good at what she does, she’s not known,” Tran says. “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.”

The film will be introducing a planet called Cantonica, which has Canto Bight, a “casino metropolis”. This is where Finn and Rose will be teaming up.

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

Star Wars: The Last Jedi and The Empire Strikes Back

Fans have compared the similarities between The Force Awakens and A New Hope. Johnson talks about how there will be correlations between Star Wars: The Last Jedi and The Empire Strikes Back, but ultimately the film will be different.

“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 on December 15, 2017.


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