There is this notion among Star Wars fan community that makers are interested in slowly killing off major characters – it was Han Solo in ‘The Force Awakens’; Luke Skywalker is speculated to die in ‘The Last Jedi’ and Princess Leia will meet her end in the conclusive (ninth) episode. But the untimely demise of Carrie Fisher changed the whole idea and now she will be sent into the sunset, while Luke’s life will be spared.
There is another supporting character who was supposed to die in ‘The Force Awakens’ but survived. Oscar Isaac aka Poe Dameron, an ace X-wing pilot should have died at the hands of ‘First Order’ but director J.J. Abrams decided to let him live for another sequel. Fans believe that Poe is on borrowed time and his journey will most certainly end in ‘The Last Jedi’.
But guess what he will survive this chapter of Star Wars as well. In a recent interview, Oscar Isaac confirmed that he will reprise his role in Star Wars 9. This means that he would survive the attack against Snoke’s Mega-Star Destroyer. This also means that Rose Tico’s sister Paige won’t live for long.
Poe Dameron did not really show his heroics in ‘The Force Awakens’ even though he led the charge against Starkiller’s base which housed First Order massive weapon. But this time he would have little more to do. Fans believe that he will fill the void left by Harrison Ford but Oscar disagrees. Here’s what he said:
“Well, there could be, but I think what [The Last Jedi writer/director] Rian Johnson did was make it less about filling a slot and more about what the story needs. The fact is now that the Resistance has been whittled to just a handful of people, they’re running for their lives, and Leia is grooming me, him, to be a leader of the Resistance, as opposed to a dashing, rogue hero.”
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 behind-the-scenes footage rocked the internet and may have revealed something big.
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.”
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. There is both excitement and doubt ahead of the release of eighth episode of Star Wars saga. It is very clear now that Luke Skywalker’s character will be entering into uncharted territory in the next installment. Daisy Ridley described one of the themes of ‘The Last Jedi’ is “Never meet your heroes”. Moreover, Mark Hamill himself expressed skepticism and doubt about Luke’s character arc in the past.
This sowed the seed of doubt in the minds of Star Wars fans, some of them think that the Luke Skywalker of ‘The ‘New Hope’ may fall to the dark side. On this, Mark Hamill set the record straight and said:
“In ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ Luke has lost confidence in his ability to make good choices. It haunts him to the core. But he hasn’t gone to the dark side. This isn’t an evil version of him. But it’s still an incarnation of the character I never expected. It has pulled me out of my comfort zone. It’s a real challenge.”
The director J.J. Abrams has 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.