So who is the last Jedi? This has nagged Star Wars fans since the title was announced in January. Rian Johnson reveals that the answer was with us the whole time.
In a Q&A with the filmmaker, The New York Times asked, “What does ‘The Last Jedi’ mean?”
“It’s in the opening crawl of The Force Awakens,” he said. “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.”
In the opening of J.J. Abrams’ 2015 blockbuster, it says that “Luke Skywalker has vanished. In his absence, the sinister First Order has risen from the ashes of the Empire, and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi, has been destroyed.”
So much for all those wild theories; the last Jedi of the title is precisely who we were told: Luke, whom we hear in the trailer saying, “It’s time for the Jedi to end.”
“It sounds pretty dire,” Johnson says.
“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?”
Arriving on screens on Dec. 15, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (General Leia Organa), Adam Driver (KyloRen), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), LupitaNyong’o (Maz Kanata), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Domhnall Gleeson (General ArmitageHux), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke).