Only a few weeks are left before the eighth episode of Star Wars franchise titled “The Last Jedi” hits the big screen worldwide on 13th December 2017. There are so many mysteries unresolved, questions unanswered and plot ready to be unfolded.
Millions of Star Wars fans are waiting for the next episode after the successful run of Star Wars: Force awakens at the global box-office. After the horrible prequels, we really wanted to see an extremely well- directed Star Wars movie onscreen. The Force Awakens had the feel and the tone we wanted, it embraced the magic of original Star Wars movies which made us fell in love with the universe at the first place.
The hype around the movie is enormous, spoilers are all around and almost every Star Wars fan had become a detective keeping eyes on anything that comes into the public domain. The trailer was released earlier which did not give away much but recently cast interviews and behind-the-scenes footage rocked the internet and may have revealed something big.
Recently, Comicbookmovie claimed to have details of a very important scene between Rey and Luke. If the movie actually contains the scene, it will change everything about the Star Wars universe. [Spoilers ahead] Below is an extract from the scene:
“In the scene, Luke tells Rey that the Jedi Council became “arrogant” and that they were hiding a “secret,” which led to their demise. The old Jedi Master takes Rey’s hand and shows her a glimpse into the past. They see two children playing near a tree on an alien planet. The boy noticed that he had greater strength and intuition when he was closer to this tree. The girl noticed that the tree also made her brother increasingly angry. One day an argument breaks out between the children, and the boy kills the girl. The boy touches the tree and is “transformed”. He kills his parents and leaves the planet. Meanwhile, the girl is revealed to be alive, transformed by the tree as well, using her power to start the first Jedi Order.”
For all this time, fans believed that Luke Skywalker is the father of Rey and he left her alone many many years ago.
But Adam Driver who plays Kylo Ren revealed in a GQ interview that Rey’s secret identity is a Princess that links her directly with General Leia Organa. If this is true, it means that Rey and Ren are brother and sister which explains why Han Solo had such an intimate connection with Rey (it’s because he is her father). There are a lot of Princesses in the realm so it could be someone else other than Leia who may be her mother but it’s unlikely as it wouldn’t make for a great cinematic revelation. Does that mean Luke Skywalker is caught in the power struggle with his nephews?
Adam Driver further dropped a massive hint that Kylo Ren is deluding himself and he could turn to the light side in the eighth or ninth episode. This can’t be a slip as he said all this during a discussion. Here’s what he said:
“I remember the initial conversations about having things ‘skinned’, peeling away layers to evolve into other people, and the person Kylo’s pretending to be on the outside is not who he is. He’s a vulnerable kid who doesn’t know where to put his energy, but when he puts his mask on, suddenly, he’s playing a role. JJ had that idea initially and I think Rian took it to the next level. You have, also, the hidden identity of this princess who’s hiding who she really is so she can survive and Kylo Ren and her hiding behind these artifices.”
Further, there are so many questions around Luke Skywalker as we head to Star Wars Episode 8 which is just weeks away from a worldwide release. The last time we saw Luke Skywalker use light-saber on the big screen was in 1983. The new batch of Star Wars merchandise has confirmed that Luke will be igniting his light-saber one more time in “The Last Jedi”.
The Alamo Drafthouse has access to Mondo pint glasses that fans can buy along with movie tickets. The one side of the glass has made its way online where Luke is clearly wielding his original blue light-saber and it is also ignited. It is significant for two reasons – Firstly, it is part of the official merchandise so it basically confirms that Luke will use his light-saber at some point in the movie. Secondly, he may very well use it to train Rey for advanced Jedi skills or he may actually fight to take down bad guys when they come under attack from Knights of Ren. Another interesting thing here is that he won’t be using his green lightsaber from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi which he used to take down Palpatine and Darth Vader.
It could very well be the case that the movie may feature a scene where Rey and Luke Skywalker fight each other to the death and it ends up in master Jedi’s death. Since the release of the first teaser trailer, the Star Wars fans have been worried about Luke Skywalker’s imminent death as he may have turned to the dark side. Moreover, the recent poster and Mark Hamill’s comments that he was shocked to read the script have almost confirmed that it is the case. He said:
“I only know one thing. It’s time for the Jedi to end.”
The director J.J. Abrams managed to reinvent Star Wars franchise and create an enormous amount of buzz for the next installment of the Skywalker saga. He is coming back for Star Wars 9 with a lot of big ideas with screenwriter Chris Terrio who is working on a screenplay.
He is promising fans that the conclusive installment will be unlike anything they have seen before. He intends to avoid repetitions and bring in many new elements onto the big screen. One of the biggest complaints of ‘The Force Awakens’ was that it seemed a rehash of ‘New Hope’ with latest computer graphics. Here’s what he said:
“Well, it’s certainly something that I’m aware of now working on Episode IX – coming back into this world after having done Episode VII. I feel like we need to approach this with the same excitement that we had when we were kids, loving what these movies were. And at the same time, we have to take them places that they haven’t gone, and that’s sort of our responsibility.”
According to a Reddit user who happened to meet Terrio and Abrams, posted his conversation on social media:
“They said that they’re going to be brave and there will be big surprises. I got the impression that JJ felt like he had to refresh previous Star Wars moments for a modern audience in TFA, and now it feels like they have free reign to do what they want. Apparently, they’ve had no interference from Kathleen or Pablo or the Lucasfilm Story Group. 9 is also the film which unites all three trilogies and brings everything together. That’s all they would tell me.”
We have to take everything with a grain of salt if it’s the opinion of a random reddit user but he did post an image of him with Abrams-Terrio duo who are working on ninth episode script. According to Terrio, the movie will make it amply clear that prequels are also “happening in the same universe” as new movies. He added:
“I worry a little bit that the questions I was asking were too leading. I was speaking to Chris and he was talking about the OT. I said about how I grew up with the PT and the prequels were my entry point into Star Wars. I asked about elements of the PT coming into 9 and Chris said about how 9 unites all of it. He said 9 definitely makes it feel like they’re all happening in the same universe, and there would be PT elements in 9. They could be visual or thematic, he didn’t overtly say that there would be returning planets or characters from the PT or anything.”
There is a whole new generation of movie-goers who don’t hate the prequels as much as people above 30 age group. The new Star Wars movies are for all generations so it makes perfect sense to give a reference to so-called “prequels”. Here’s what J.J. Abrams said to BBC in an interview:
“Well, it’s certainly something that I’m aware of now working on Episode IX, coming back into this world after having done Episode VII. I feel like we need to approach this with the same excitement that we had when we were kids, loving what these movies were. And at the same time, we have to take them places that they haven’t gone, and that’s sort of our responsibility. It’s a strange thing, Michael’s worked on things like Planet of the Apes and Star Trek and Star Wars, and these are the things of dreams. Yet we can’t just revel in that; we have to go elsewhere.”
He has assured the fans that Star Wars 9 will be truly different and satisfying. He feels if they can manage to tie in all the three trilogies, it would be a big accomplishment. The movie is set to be released on May 24, 2019.