‘Star Wars’ Buzz: How Luke Skywalker’s Story Will Continue, Plus: More on ‘Episode VIII’ and ‘IX’

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

We are now less than six months away from the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Details on the eighth installment in the primary series have been closely guarded up until recently, but we’re finally starting to hear tiny bits and pieces about the movie.

Last month, for example, Vanity Fair published an issue with notable photos as well as plot and character details. Mark Hamill shared his opinion that he’d have written Star Wars: The Force Awakens differently so as to reunite Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa and Han Solo all together.

Hamill also told Rian Johnson, writer and director of The Last Jedi, in an earlier interview with Fandango: “I said to Rian, ‘I think I fundamentally disagree with everything you’ve decided for me. Now having said that, I have to accept it, get my mind around it and do my best to realize your vision.’ Once I got into it, a lot of my fears went away.”

More recently, he clarified his comments, telling Variety (via SlashFilm): “I got in trouble, because I was quoted as saying to Rian that I fundamentally disagree with everything you decided about Luke, and it was unartfully phrased. What I was surprised at was how he saw Luke. And it took me a while to get around to his way of thinking, but once I was there it was a thrilling experience. I hope it will be for the audience too.”

In a related development, as reported by Dark Horizons, Colin Trevorrow, who will be directing Star Wars: Episode IX, says that he asked Johnson to add something to Star Wars: The Last Jedi: “There was one little thing. It wasn’t an adjustment; it was just ‘Could you shoot this one extra thing while you’re in this place on this day?’ And he did, which was great. But, y’know, it’s part of the collaborative process that exists — everyone is in communication.”

Trevorrow says that he’s been working with a group of people who are “creatives and all of them are genuinely, very sincerely, wanting to do the work of their lives in order to realize this.”

Getting back to Luke Skywalker for a moment, a newly announced video game may reveal what he was doing in the years between Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Star Wars Battlefront 2 cowriter Mitch Dyer told Newsweek: “We came up with a really great hook for a Luke Skywalker story that we think is pretty interesting and cool, and Lucasfilm did too.”

Luke Skywalker will be featured “not as a main character but as another part of the thread tying the two movie trilogies together.” Star Wars Battlefront 2 will be released on November 17.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will open in theaters on December 15.

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