The Last Jedi Delves Deep into Luke’s Exile

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Luke Skywalker
Luke Skywalker from Return of the Jedi

Star Wars fans have been slightly worried that Luke Skywalker was going to take a back seat in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  According to a recent article by EW’s Anthony Breznican, that will not be an issue.

During an interview Anthony conducted with The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, the Luke Skywalker topic came up.  Johnson assured him that Luke’s exile is a central part of this story.

“Figuring out where his head was at was the very first thing I had to do when writing the movie. I had to crack this. And it had to be something for me that first and foremost made sense. Why did Luke Skywalker go off to this island?” Johnson says. “That was the starting point, and that’s what the entire movie explores.”

Not only did Johnson give up that bit of information, but he also discussed how he changed the ending of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  The director asked J.J. Abrams to change which droid ending up going with Rey and Chewbacca.

“Yes … The big [favor] was, I asked if R2 could come with Rey, and if BB-8 could stay behind with the Resistance,” Johnson says. “Originally it was BB-8 who went with Rey, which makes sense for the story in a way. But I asked, ‘Can you do me this solid and switch the droids?’”

As always, leave your thoughts in the comment section below.  Would you have rather had BB-8 go with Rey and Chewbacca?  Or did R2-D2 satisfy your appetite?

About Star Wars: The Last Jedi:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits North American theaters on December 15, 2017. Directed by Rian Johnson and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, Jimmy Vee, and more! Music will be composed by John Williams.