While Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi earned acclaim from critics, audience reaction to the film proved to be more polarizing. Though an academic study suggested that a significant portion of the backlash could be attributed to Russian bots, a common complaint among fans disappointed with the film centered around Luke Skywalker's controversial arc, with some claiming Johnson destroyed the legacy of Luke and the Jedi with the film. Fans weren't the only ones upset with Johnson's choice to take Luke down the path he did in The Last Jedi, as even Mark Hamill disagreed with the take on his iconic character.
In response to criticism from a fan who proclaimed it "bad storytelling to change Luke so much," Johnson said that Luke in The Last Jedi is 100% consistent with his character from the original trilogy: "Hot take: Luke is in fact 100% consistent with his character (not the way he’s described in marketing blurbs, but his actual, based-on-his-words-and-actions character) from the OT. I’ll be at the bar if you need me," the writer/director wrote.
Hot take: Luke is in fact 100% consistent with his character (not the way he’s described in marketing blurbs, but his actual, based-on-his-words-and-actions character) from the OT. I’ll be at the bar if you need me.— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) November 5, 2018
Despite the polarizing response to The Last Jedi and Luke's arc in particular, Lucasfilm and Disney were impressed enough with Johnson to offer him an entirely new trilogy within the Star Wars universe. While Johnson's trilogy is expected to be detached from the Skywalkers, fans will get one last glimpse of Luke in J. J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode IX, scheduled to release Dec. 20, 2019.
Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi is available now on streaming platforms, Blu-ray and 4k Ultra HD. The film stars Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and the late Carrie Fisher.