Since The Force Awakens’ release, Star Wars nerds everywhere have been dying to know what’s going to happen to Rey but even more so what has Luke been doing since Return of the Jedi. Well thanks to an interview with Rian Johnson conducted by USA Today, we have some new information on the relationship between Rey and Luke and where Episode VIII will begin.
“I don’t want to skip ahead two years,” Johnson says. “I want to see the very next moment of what happens.” How Rey and Luke relate to each other is the key relationship in Episode VIII, and Johnson says “a large part of the movie” will be spent addressing why Luke’s there and what he’ll do next. Like Luke, Rey has been pulled into a bigger world by connecting with the Force, “but part of what’s she’s dealing with is the realization that she has this power and this gift,” Johnson adds. “She’s taking her first step to coming to terms with this thing inside her that she never knew was there and is just starting to reveal its potential.”
Johnson has said before that Episode VIII could take place moments after The Force Awakens but now this confirms that after the crawl pans up, we’ll be delving right back into that cliffhanger scene. So right from the word go, Johnson is bringing something brand new to Star Wars by not jumping ahead in time, like every episode has before it. I think, although this is breaking tradition, giving the fans what we want to see in the opening scene is the right move to make, as it will immediately remove all the thoughts and anxiety I’ll be having about Luke when the film starts and I’ll be able to enjoy the experience without constantly thinking about that final scene from The Force Awakens. Plus I don’t want to miss a second of Rey’s training on that island.
The other big takeaway from this interview, is that Episode VIII will focus a lot on Rey and Luke’s relationship. Again this is great. Everyone wants to know why Luke has been sitting on a island doing nothing, for however long it’s been and I assume Rey is our entry point into that. Over the past year I’ve gone from being 100% sure Luke was Rey’s father, to now not really believe that at all. With Johnson’s comments and everything we learnt from The Force Awakens, I believe Luke is much more a ‘Yoda-like’ figure to Rey, rather than a ‘father’ figure and that’s something I can’t wait to see explored in December!
What do you think about Rian Johnson’s comments?