Star Wars News The Cast of The Last Jedi Hints at What

first_imgStar Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is only a few short months away, which means it’s time for some real concrete details to come out. Today’s Last Jedi news comes from Entertainment Weekly, who just put up a massive cover story featuring interviews with the cast and director Rian Johnson. While they’re still understandably not revealing any specifics, they do give us a clearer picture of what the plot will look like. After the end of The Force Awakens, most of us were eager to see Luke begin training Rey. From the sounds of things, that might not happen right away.One interesting detail to come out of EW’s interviews was that Rey and Luke’s first meeting doesn’t go as well as she might have hoped. It turns out there’s a reason Luke exiled himself, and he isn’t going to get over it because somebody showed up on his island with a lightsaber. Rather than immediately taking on a new pupil, he will reject her and turn her away. Considering Rey’s abandonment as a child, that doesn’t sit well with her.Daisy Ridley describes Rey’s thought process during the early parts of the movie. “Oh my God, this other man that I lost within a couple days was somewhat of a father figure. Now he’s gone, and instead I’m with this grumpy guy on an island who doesn’t want me here.”So what happened to Luke? Why is he so grumpy? Mark Hamill says that while he and Johnson figured out all the details, those aren’t necessarily spelled out in the movie. Hamill said that while it was important for him as an actor to know exactly what Luke has been through, those details aren’t vital to the story of The Last Jedi. So what made Luke decide that it was time for the Jedi to end? As you might have guessed from what was revealed in The Force Awakens, it all comes down to Kylo Ren.“[Luke] made a huge mistake in thinking that his nephew was the chosen one, so he invested everything he had in Kylo, much like Obi-Wan did with my character. And he is betrayed, with tragic consequences.” Hamil says. It appears that Luke blamed himself for failing to detect the Dark Side within Ben Solo, and decided the galaxy would be better off without the Jedi. Rey may eventually train with Luke Skywalker, but it might take a decent chunk of the movie to get him there.EW also spoke with Oscar Isaac about Poe Dameron’s relationship with Princess Leia. After Carrie Fisher passed away last December, there have been questions about how the series would handle her absence. Disney has said that The Last Jedi wouldn’t be altered in any way, nor would Fisher be digitally inserted into Episode IX. Isaac and Johnson shed some light on how the films will move forward. After the events of The Force Awakens, Poe and Leia’s relationship grows a lot stronger.“Poe is in some ways a surrogate son for Leia, but also I think she sees in him the potential for a truly great leader of the Resistance and beyond,” Issac says. “I think Leia knows she won’t be around forever and she, with tough love, wants to push Poe to be more than the badass pilot, to temper his heroic impulses with wisdom and clarity.”With the destruction of the Republic’s capital in The Force Awakens, The Resistance will be at their most desperate in The Last Jedi. Cut off from leadership and resources; it’s going to be especially rough for Leia, who is now also dealing with the loss of her husband, as well as her son. Considering all that, it’s only natural that Leia would begin thinking of training Poe to carry on her efforts. From the sounds of things, that was the plan all along. While Episode IX is being rewritten out of respect for Fisher’s passing. Johnson says there were no changes made to The Last Jedi.Johnson says that while they didn’t intend to close Leia’s character arc, he hopes The Last Jedi will give Leia a satisfying ending. “There’s going to be a very emotional reaction to what she does in this movie,” he said.Donald Glover at The Martian premiere (Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls)In other Star Wars news, Donald Glover spoke briefly about the upcoming Han Solo film in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Specifically, he spoke about the change in directors the film went through. While he didn’t go too deep into what happened, it doesn’t sound like a particularly comfortable situation for the actors involved.“Ron is such a legend, and he knows exactly what the vision for what he is doing is … [but Phil and Chris] hired us, so you sort of feel like, ‘I know I’m not your first choice …’ And you worry about that,” he said. Glover described the feeling like the youngest kid whose parents are getting a divorce. “The oldest child is like, ‘We know what’s happening, but we are keeping you out of it.’ And I’m just like, [Glover’s voice rises several octaves] ‘Was that scene good? How did you feel?’”Whatever happened there, it doesn’t sound particularly fun for anyone involved. On the bright side, Ron Howard is a great director, and hopefully, he’s helping the cast move past any awkwardness. In a more fun detail about the upcoming Solo flick, Glover described a conversation he had with the original Lando Calrissian, Billy Dee Williams. Being the great actor he is, Glover shared all the preparation he’d done to play young Lando, including a full breakdown of the character. After listening to it all, he said, Williams had some very simple advice.“[Williams] just let me ramble on and on, and then finally I was like, ‘So, what do you think?’ And he goes, ‘Yeah, I don’t know about all that. Just be charming.’” Glover said.Hey, sometimes the best advice is just to keep things simple. Given Glover’s past performances (and his work as Childish Gambino) he should have no trouble just being charming.We’ll get to see the full force of Glover’s charm when the Han Solo flick hits theaters on May 25, 2016.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img