The latest Star Wars movie ushered in a lot of changes to the galaxy far, far away that we all love so much.
While fans had their own theories about what might be in store for the lead characters of the Resistance, writer/director Rian Johnson befuddled all such theories by pushing the characters into unimaged situations.
Warning: This article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
During the movie’s last battle, Luke Skywalker took on Kylo Ren, and it was evident that he tried to buy some time to facilitate the Resistance’s escape from imminent annihilation by the First Order. However, in reality, he was igniting the sparks of hope in the galaxy while the details of the battle reached far and wide.
However, that moment had, Luke, fading away and merging with the Force, just the way, Yoda had done in Return of the Jedi. The movie’s director Rian Johnson and star Mark Hamill had a talk with Anthony Breznican at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences about Luke’s death in the latest movie and how they took that call.
“I had huge hesitance,” said Johnson. “I was terrified. It was a growing sense of dread when I realized this was going to make sense in that chapter.”
Johnson revealed he spoke to Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and the Story Group before finalizing the sequence.
“It was not like I wrote the script and dropped it on their desk. It was very important to me that I was collaborating with the folks at Lucasfilm from the word go,” Johnson said. “I moved to San Francisco for a few months and would go in a few times a week to keep them up to date, spewing my ideas out, especially the big ones.”
Hamill had earlier claimed that he had arguments with Johnson about the direction where he was taking the character, was experiencing grief after Luke’s death.
“Well, I’m still in denial,” Hamill laughed. “I just think he transported somewhere else.”
After Luke’s arc ended in Return of the Jedi, Johnson was determined to ensure that the new series sharpened attention on the new characters in future. However, Hamill managed to hang around.
“The first thing I said was, ‘Can’t you wait and do this in Episode IX?’” Hamill said.
“I’m just still holding on to the line, ‘See you around, kid.’ I can be in Episode IX! I might consider catering the film just so I can hang out.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently playing in theaters all over the world.