Given the turmoil surrounding the productions of future Lucasfilm movies, it is not surprising that fans may have forgotten that the next installment of the ‘Star Wars’ films was right around the corner. But don’t worry, director of the film Rian Johnson is here to remind us all.
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ will hit theaters in a mere three months, and Johnson is opening up about his experience directing in the galaxy far, far away, and has even exposed the meaning behind the movie’s enigmatic title.
In a recent interview, Johnson said plainly that the title comes from the beginning of the previous film in the ‘Star Wars’ saga:
“It’s in the opening crawl of The Force Awakens. Luke Skywalker, right now, is the last Jedi. There’s always wiggle room in these movies — everything is from a certain point of view — but coming into our story, he is the actual last of the Jedi. And he’s removed himself and is alone on this island, for reasons unknown.”
With his character notably absent for almost all of J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Wars’ films, Luke is set to play a major part in Johnson’s version. The first trailer was released at Star Wars Celebration earlier this year and was packed with explosive moments along with an overwhelming sense of dread. Especially with Luke’s voiceover indicating, “it’s time for the Jedi to end.”
Johnson had this to say about the upcoming film:
“It sounds pretty dire. That’s something that we’re definitely going to dig into. The heart of the movie is Luke and Rey. It follows all the other characters, but its real essence is the development of the two of them. And it’s absolutely tied up in that question of, What is Luke’s attitude toward the Jedi?”
Johnson has said previously that the first issue he had to address when he decided to make the movie was why Luke would isolate himself. Everything else could work from that. Johnson sounds confident that Luke’s journey will take ‘Star Wars’ fans on an adventure that will grip them from beginning to end.
Find out for yourself when ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ premieres in theaters December 15.