“There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?”
If you haven’t, you know nothing of the latest news on the Star Wars episode Vll title, The Last Jedi, released on Monday, Jan 23. The film’s release date is said to be December 15th of 2016 as seen on starwars.com.
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is directed by Rian Johnson, produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman, and executive produced by J.J. Abrams with Jason McGatlin and Tom Karnowski.
Rian Johnson, for those who are unfamiliar with the producer, has one 18 awards and received 32 nominations according to his IMBd bio. He produced the films Looper and The Brothers Bloom, and if that’s any indication of experience, concern wont be a problem especially with J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy at his side.
Mark Hamill, the great Jedi master and Luke Skywalker, promptly posted the released Star Wars Title on Instagram with the caption, “The wait for Vll begins….” and a onslaught of comments following.
After the loss of actress Carie Fisher, known for her immortal role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, fans were saddened and questioned if they would digitalize her in the film. Producers digitalized a younger Princess Leia in Rouge One, but Lucas Films officially stated they wouldn’t for the latest movie.
Speculations of her scenes being completed are spread across the internet but fans wont truly know until December.
What does THE LAST JEDI imply for the Future of Star Wars?
When star wars fans were given a time framed distance, it was 1983 and Return of the Jedi served as the believed last Star Wars film. We were comforted by “Return” but, “Last” in the new title reflects an end or lack-of Jedi.
The Force Awakens proved that the opportunity for new Jedi is optimistic with Rey’s force sensitivity and substantial ability to use the Force. We are also given the history of Luke before his disappearance and the building of a new Jedi Order by Han Solo.
Kylo Ren is attributed by his father, Han Solo (Spoiler), with the destruction of Luke’s new Jedi Order that ultimately made Luke go into exile.
Rey finding Luke at the end of The Force Awakens left fans on a literal cliff hanger with many questions needed to be answered. What the new film presents in the opportunity to discover Luke’s relationship to Rey and the time since the Return of the Jedi.
In a USA Today interview, Rian Johnson talked about what is expected for The Last Jedi. “A huge part of especially Rey’s character, something that was a really powerful part of her setup and something I really wanted to dig into with this,” said Johnson.
The question of Luke and Rey’s relationship, possibly as father and daughter, should be answered along with updates on Finn and Poe. Look on Youtube or any other fan website to ponder predictions for the film but, Jedi is something most are clarifying as a plural and singular noun.
Jedi can be used as a plural since none of the films refer to the lightsaber wielding knights and “Jedis”. In light of the term, Jedi doesn’t necessarily mean there will be only one Jedi by the end of the film.
A number of fan based websites determined the death of Luke Skywalker but, there are a number of plausible theories for what “Last” is in reference to.
Luke punishes himself as a Jedi after having a child and questions if he is good.
- A grey Jedi, as seen in the Star Wars Rebels cartoon series, is a force wielder who doesn’t affiliate herself with the Jedi or the Sith. Luke technically broke the Jedi code, if Rey is truly his daughter, and the many planets and lives taken during his time as a Jedi could steer him away from affiliation. He could teach Rey the ways of the Jedi and therefore make her “The Last Jedi.” Luke could change the rules of the Jedi order being the last Jedi but, he may refuse to fight as a knight.
We are given details on Luke’s time as The Last Jedi
- Any Star Wars Fan will remember Master Yoda’s dyeing words on the Planet Dagobah and addressing Luke as “The Last Jedi.” Being taught by the great Master Yoda made Luke an official Jedi and defeating Darth Vader earned him Mastery.
- We know Luke would eventually create a new Jedi order not necessarily knights but believers in the light side of the Force. Rouge One allowed for characters with affiliation to the Jedi not necessarily being knights. Lor san tekka, in The Force Awakens, and Chirrut Îmwe in Rouge One represent non-jedi affiliates. This could lead to an explanation in Luke’s resistance to return to the galaxy as The Last Jedi after Kylo Ren.
- When Kylo Ren was Ben, we’ll know what brought Kylo to the Dark side and possibly Supreme Leader Snokes’ identity.
Luke shares an Obi-wan moment in the heat of battle
- “There is no death, there is the force” anyone could recall from the Jedi Code or The Knights of The Old Republic video game. In A New Hope Obi-wan becomes one with the force after dueling with Darth Vader. The best way, even if disheartening, for Luke to die, is in a great effort to defend good. This could occur in a battle with Kylo Ren or Snoke and having to set an example for Rey as what it means to be Jedi. The death of Han Solo would fill Rey with anger but Luke’s death may open purpose for Rey to commit to the Jedi code.
- This great battle could bring Kylo back towards the Jedi code and leave Rey and Kylo to create a relationship as Force wielders. In star wars lore, Revan was both Jedi and Sith at different times with proof of a return to the light. This theory could work if writers are brave enough to expand the universe.
No news of any trailer for The Last Jedi but we suspect one to come late summer. We do know the film will have some intense fight choreography from a photo posted by Mark Hamill on his Instagram account. He wrote he was made a “pretend” black belt in Mudu by his martial arts instructor. Mudu is a integrated martial art that maybe attributed to Hammil’s good health and fightness training…. with a lightsaber.