Rian Johnson Defends Luke’s Arc In ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: ‘Myths Are Not Made To Sell Action Figures’

Rian-Johnson-Mark-Hamill-Star-Wars-The-Last-JediTo say that Star Wars: The Last Jedi portraying Luke as someone who doesn’t want to return to battle after a few years of exile was controversial with the fans is an understatement (even though this story aspect was pretty much in place with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, based on Han’s comments about what he knew about Luke). However, director Rian Johnson explains that this part of the story was crucial for Luke’s character to grow, as the entire “Hero’s Journey” concept doesn’t work unless the hero in question is tested to the breaking point.

Talking at a screening of the behind-the-scenes documentary for Star Wars: The Last Jedi (which is called The Director and the Jedi), Johnson discussed his story arc for a drastically different version of Luke Skywalker was justified by the massive amount of time that passes between the Original Trilogy and The Last Jedi. The Hollywood Reporter specifically quotes Johnson using a commonly-unexplored part of “Hero’s Journey” arc as a frame of reference for where he took Luke:

“If you look at any classic hero’s myth that is actually worth its salt, at the beginning of the hero’s journey, like with King Arthur, he pulls the sword from the stone and he’s ascendant — he has setbacks but he unites all the kingdoms. But then if you keep reading, when it deals with the hero’s life as they get into middle-age and beyond, it always starts to get into darker places. And there’s a reason for that: It’s because myths are not made to sell action figures; myths are made to reflect the most difficult transitions we go through in life.”

At the end of the movie, though, Luke’s faith in the Jedi and the Force alike is restored, and it’s incredibly likely that he’ll return in Star Wars Episode IX to impart knowledge to the other characters and possibly even aid them in the final battle. Had Luke been a static character throughout, then it’s almost a given that the payoff wouldn’t have worked.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is still playing in theaters, and is targeting Digital HD and DVD/Blu-Ray releases on March 13 and March 27 respectively. The movie’s cast includes Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Armitage Hux, Benicio Del Toro as “DJ”, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and Jimmy Vee as R2-D2.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

10 Potential Directors For The New ‘Star Wars’ Films From David Benioff & D.B. Weiss

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Star Wars Disney LucasfilmStar Wars has been in the news quite a bit lately. Star Wars: The Last Jedi was the biggest (and most divisive) film of the year. Solo: A Star Wars Story finally released a trailer that lit up social media. Now, Lucasfilm has announced that Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have signed on to write and produce a new series of Star Wars films, separate from the already confirmed trilogy from The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and the Skywalker Saga.

Little is known about these projects at this point. Will these films follow an original storyline or will they draw from the original expanded universe material (possibly a Knights of the Old Republic adaptation?) yet that does not mean that it is too early to be looking at potential directors. Star Wars, being one of the biggest film franchises in the world, is something that most directors would leap at. Which directors though would best with the creative minds of David Benioff and D.B. Weiss? What visions would enhance their world or even by contrast compliment their style?

These ten directors should be just some of the few that Disney and Lucasfilm should consider for these new Star Wars films from Benioff and Weiss. Hit Next to get started!

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Grant Davis

Grant Davis

A Texan freelance writer with interests in Star Wars, superhero movies, and entertainment in general.