In December 2017, the eighth movie in the Star Wars series Star Wars: The Last Jedi will hit theaters, and the excitement is building. We all have ideas of what we want to see in the new movie, and Lucasarts and everyone involved in the movie have been keeping a lot of the details close to the vest so we can only guess at most of it. You probably think you’ve got a good bead on what the new movie will be like, but we’re here to tell you those ideas are (to quote Lex Luthor in Superman Returns) WRONG!
While we know quite a few things for sure about The Last Jedi, there are a few rumors and misconceptions that are floating out there. Based on what we know and have been told, we can rule out a few things. Some of it involves plot points you might be expecting or characters you look forward to seeing or just the general tone of the movie. Of course, all these should be taken as cautionary statements. Lucasfilm and its crew are famous for passing on misinformation, so we might be wrong on some of these, but we’ll take them at face value for now.
WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and possibly for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
16. GOOD VS EVIL
Since the first movie Star Wars IV: A New Hope, the Star Wars universe has been built on pretty much one thing: good versus evil. Star Wars has always followed in the footsteps of classic pulp fiction where the good guys are clearly defined and fight against the bad guys with nothing in between. That all changed with Star Wars: The Force Awakens where we saw more complex heroes and villains.
In the original Star Wars series, everyone was either good or evil, but the new villain Kylo Ren isn’t pure evil, because he struggles against a desire to go to the light side. Likewise, in the original stories, stormtroopers were evil cannon fodder for the heroes, but in Force Awakens, Finn is a stormtrooper who saw the error of his ways and defected to the Resistance. Expect other characters to move from black and white to shades of gray.
15. REMAKING EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
A movie where the rebel forces are fighting against an evil empire with a super-powerful weapon that can destroy entire planets. No, that’s not a description of A New Hope, but The Force Awakens. One of the biggest criticisms of The Force Awakens is how many story elements seemed to be taken from A New Hope. If the new trilogy followed that path, then we would expect The Last Jedi to be the next Star Wars Episode V: Empire Strikes Back.
In reality, The Last Jedi will be a very different movie. Empire Strikes Back centered around two parallel stories; the Millennium Falcon’s escape from Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker’s training as a Jedi. According to reports, The Last Jedi won’t be centered around training or a chase of the heroes. Director and writer Rian Johnson has said he let the story flow instead of trying to fit the same storyline as Empire.
14. REY WILL BECOME A JEDI
Everyone who saw the final scene in The Force Awakens, where Rey held out Luke’s lightsaber, probably saw the next movie coming. Rey would meet Luke, and Luke would take over her training to become a Jedi, leading to a sort of training sequence much like we saw between Yoda and Luke in Empire Strikes Back. From all indications, that’s not going to happen in The Last Jedi.
The most shocking moment in the teaser trailer was when a voice said, “It’s time for the Jedi to end.” Mark Hamill confirmed that Luke Skywalker does speak those words, and the title along with other reports seem to point to the idea that Rey won’t be trained to become a Jedi, but a type of force wielder who isn’t allied with the dark or the light. Given what she can already do, she might not be trained at all.
13. THE LAST JEDI IS PLURAL
While we all knew Episode VIII would be coming, there was great anticipation as to what the title would be. When it was finally announced as Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it left a lot of fans scratching their heads. Who was the last Jedi? Was it Luke Skywalker or Rey? Could it be Leia or is there another person introduced who would be the last Jedi?
Well, in English, the phrase “the last Jedi” could be either singular and plural, but in other languages such as Spanish, French, and German the phrase was translated as plural. Some thought that meant the entire Jedi order would be the last of its kind. However, writer/director Rian Johnson said it was firmly singular.
12. THE EMPEROR WILL RETURN
In the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy, Palpatine was a powerful hidden force behind all the evil in the galaxy. In Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Darth Vader saved Luke by hurling Emperor Palpatine down a shaft in the Death Star, seemingly destroying him. Yet rumors have surfaced that Palpatine might return in The Last Jedi. This doesn’t seem as crazy when you consider that in the Expanded Universe, Emperor Palpatine was regenerated as a clone. There’s also apparently a LEGO set of Supreme Leader Snoke with a hologram of a hooded minifig who resembles the Emperor.
However, the crew from the production of Star Wars has said there are no scenes between Snoke and the Emperor. Ian McDiarmid, who played Palpatine in the original movies, has said flat out that he’s dead. While there may still be some switcheroo in the final movie, we’ll say this has been debunked.
11. SNOKE WILL BE EXPLAINED
From the moment we saw the enormous hologram of Supreme Leader Snoke, the mutilated leader of the First Order has captured the imagination of Star Wars fans. Who was Snoke? Where did he come from? How did he become the leader of the First Order? What hold does he have on Kylo Ren? How did his face get so messed up? And is he really that big or is that just how his hologram is displayed?
Well, if you were hoping to find out more about Snoke in The Last Jedi, you’ll be disappointed. Director Rian Johnson has said he wants to keep the same sense of mystery we had around the Emperor from the original trilogy, adding he “wasn’t interested in explaining where he came from or telling his history, except where it serves this story.”
10. LUKE SKYWALKER WILL BE THE SAME
Throughout the original trilogy, one figure stood out as the undisputed hero: Luke Skywalker. From his awkward youth in A New Hope to his confident status as a Jedi Knight in Return of the Jedi, Luke was the personification of good in the Star Wars universe. In The Force Awakens, the one goal was to bring Luke Skywalker back from his self-imposed exile. When Rey held out his lightsaber in TFA, it seemed like the next movie would be all about bringing back our hero. He would bring order and balance to the Galaxy.
Well, get ready for a rude awakening. While we don’t know all the details, we know that Luke will somehow be involved in ending the Jedi Order. Whatever his story is in TLJ, it was enough to shock Mark Hamill into telling the director he fundamentally disagreed with every choice he made.
9. REY AND FINN WILL BE IN LOVE
In The Force Awakens, there were hints of romance between Rey (the scavenger turned Force wielder) and Finn (the otherwise nameless stormtrooper who defected to the Resistance). Certainly, Finn seemed attracted to her, asking if she had a boyfriend. Following the romantic arc of most movies, we would expect Finn and Rey to get closer in the next movie, possibly ending with a real kiss.
Anyone looking forward to a real-life shipping of Rey and Finn would probably be disappointed by The Last Jedi. John Boyega has said Finn and Rey are just friends and according to reports, Finn will also be spending more time with a new character, a mechanic named Rose who will be close to him and also idolize him. If there’s going to be any romance, it’ll probably be a Finn/Rose pairing.
8. CARRIE FISHER WILL RETURN IN CGI
Carrie Fisher’s untimely death in 2016 led to a lot of speculation as to where her character Leia will fall in the Star Wars franchise. Before and after she passed away, Lucasfilm has said Leia was an important part of The Last Jedi and the unnamed Star Wars Episode IX, leaving her storyline in doubt. An appearance in 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story of a CGI version of a young Fisher led some to speculate Lucasfilm would use a CGI version in the new movies to fill her scenes.
In response, Lucasfilm came out and firmly that it would not replace Fisher with a CGI version in The Last Jedi. Instead, her scenes were already written and shot and wouldn’t be changed or enhanced to address her death.
7. LANDO WILL RETURN
In The Force Awakens, many of the major characters from the original trilogy returned like Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca and C-3PO. There’s been speculation that one of the other major characters, Lando Calrissian, would return in The Last Jedi, especially since part of the movie will be spent on a casino planet, perfect for a gambler like Lando. While we would all love to see the suave swindler return, it’s not likely to happen in The Last Jedi.
For one thing, Billy Dee Williams has said he’s not in The Last Jedi. While it’s possible they could recast or use CGI, it’s highly unlikely Williams wouldn’t be asked back when so many others have been. There’s also the possibility that he could be lying, but we’ll take him at his word for now.
6. LEIA WILL FIGHT
General Leia had a significant but brief role in The Force Awakens, so fans were excited to see her take a more active role in The Last Jedi. After all, the last time we had seen Leia in Return of the Jedi, she had just learned about her force sensitivity. Surely spending time with Jedi Master Luke would have given her control over the force. Some were hoping she would be a full-fledged Jedi master either in TFA or TLJ, maybe even fighting Kylo Ren or Snoke.
With Carrie Fisher’s untimely death, hopes among fans were dashed at the thought of seeing her getting more action. While Fisher apparently filmed many of her scenes, we know that Snoke or Kylo won’t be defeated in TLJ because they’ll reportedly be in the next movie as well.
5. WHAT LUKE’S BEEN UP TO
One of the big mysteries of The Force Awakens was the question of what Luke Skywalker’s been up to for the last 30 years. No one knew what happened to him after the loss of his padawan to the Knights of Ren, and at the end of TFA, we only saw him on an island at an ancient Jedi temple on the planet Ahch-To. Why did he retreat there? What’s he been doing for all those years?
That’s the question many fans are hoping to see in The Last Jedi, but those fans will be disappointed. Mark Hamill has said in interviews that “massive amounts of backstory” will be left to the viewer’s imagination. Maybe that information will show up in a later movie or a tie-in novel.
4. REY AND FINN WILL WORK TOGETHER
In The Force Awakens, Rey and Finn made a great team as they escaped the planet Jakku and joined the Resistance. No doubt if you like them as a couple, you were looking forward to seeing them continue in the trilogy, but if you were hoping to see more of their snappy dialogue and (possible) sexual tension in The Last Jedi, you’ll be disappointed.
According to reports, Rey will be consumed with her own relationship with Luke while Finn will find himself making his own journey in The Last Jedi. Reportedly, the two will spend most of the movie apart so they won’t have much time for making eyes at each other. As in Empire Strikes Back, the two might meet up towards the end, but it’s not a guarantee.
3. FINN’S HISTORY WILL BE REVEALED
In The Force Awakens, Finn didn’t know much about himself. He was an orphan who was taken by the First Order as a child, but he didn’t know his parents or family or even his real name other than his stormtrooper designation. We as an audience are eager to have Finn rediscover his past and find out where he came from, but The Last Jedi won’t be the place for that.
In an interview, John Boyega admitted that Finn’s family and history aren’t explored in depth in the new movie. He’ll be too busy with his future and the Resistance to worry about his past, which makes sense since the movie has a lot of ground to cover. There might be more information in the ninth movie or maybe a tie-in novel or spin-off movie that will cover it. We’ll have to wait and see.
2. HAN SOLO WILL RETURN
When Han Solo was killed in The Force Awakens, all of Star Wars fandom felt the shock of grief. For such a beloved character to die so quickly after being returned to the screen was hard to take. Some fans have been hoping to see Harrison Ford again, possibly as a force ghost or maybe he survived that lightsaber to the gut somehow and comes back in The Last Jedi.
In interviews, it seems like Han Solo won’t physically return. The cast was even careful to say that his presence will be felt as a “figurative ghost” (emphasis on figurative) so his presence will be felt, but maybe not seen. There has been speculation that Solo might return in a flashback, but there’s no evidence of him being in the present day.
1. THE LAST JEDI WILL BE TOO DARK
The Empire Strikes Back was a movie that changed the tone of Star Wars. It was a much darker film than A New Hope with death and torture and mutilation, along with desperation and failure in the end. Some have worried that The Last Jedi will follow that path, but director Rian Johnson insists that’s not the case.
He said that he “really wanted to maintain the same sense of fun that JJ [Abrams] had in The Force Awakens, that to some extent in Return Of The Jedi, which I was like 10 years old, that was prime for me when that came out – and the sense of playfulness, I think. So when I say Empire, I guess I don’t want to give the impression that it’s kind of a dark, gloom, and doom. It was also really important to me that this was a fun adventure.”
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