‘Star Wars’: Rian Johnson Confirms ‘The Last Jedi’ Is Luke Skywalker

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Rian Johnson has confirmed that the subtitle of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is singular, and that it explicitly refers to Luke Skywalker. Johnson also talked about why it took him a while before he chose to accept the pressures that came with working on a Star Wars movie.

In an interview with The New York Times, Johnson explained that Luke is indeed the last of the Jedi – which is something he points out was actually explicitly stated in the last movie:

“It’s in the opening crawl of The Force AwakensLuke Skywalker, right now, is the last Jedi. There’s always wiggle room in these movies — everything is from a certain point of view — but coming into our story, he is the actual last of the Jedi. And he’s removed himself and is alone on this island, for reasons unknown.”

There was a lot of debate amongst the fans about whether or note The Last Jedi was a singular or plural title, which was complicated by foreign translations of the movie’s name all appearing plural – so while this initially appears to nothing of importance to the casual audience member, fans can finally put the debate to rest.

In addition, Johnson revealed that the process of getting involved with directing a Star Wars movie was not something he expected to ever happen to him. Furthermore, he stated that once he knew he was the top pick, he had to really think about it before he said that he’d get behind the director’s chair:

“I had a few general meetings with Kathy Kennedy when she took over Lucasfilm. I never thought I was actually in the running, because I assumed every director on the planet would want to be doing a Star Wars movie. And then it was sprung on me. I suddenly realized, ‘Oh, this meeting is about this.’ I didn’t try to hide the fact that I was freaking out. But I also said, ‘Can I think about it?’ After Looper, I had been approached with other franchise stuff and gotten used to saying no, and I knew this would mean so much to me — the worst thing I can imagine is having a bad experience making a Star Wars movie. The next few days, I couldn’t sleep. I thought I was going to do a pros-and-cons list, but the truth is, it was more a decision from the heart. There was no way I could not do this.”

Lucasfilm is currently struggling with its directors between the firing of Phil Lord & Christopher Miller from the untitled Han Solo project and Colin Trevorrow agreeing to exit Star Wars Episode IX, so Johnson’s trepidation about working on the project – even long before either of those projects lost their initial directors – seems to have been justified. Still, Lucasfilm appears to have full confidence in The Last Jedi and Johnson might even be involved with Episode IX, so it seems as though things are working out for them with this movie.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will rise on December 15, 2017. 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 New York Times

8 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Movies We Really Want To See

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Star Wars-SagaMay the 4th be with you, everyone! Even on May the 8th! With Star Wars weekend in the rear-view mirror, it’s still a great time to kick back, get out your old glow-in-the-dark lightsaber toys and Darth Vader Halloween masks, and pop in those original trilogy DVDs. Maybe even all 8 currently-released films, if you’re up for the challenge (both mental and otherwise). Speaking of which, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just came out on Blu-ray, marking the first home release of many Star Wars spin-off movies to come.

Of these, only one future title has been confirmed – Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, to be released in May of 2018. Beyond that, we know Disney had at least two more planned, and probably more down the line. And why not? The Star Wars universe is so ripe for exploration. There are so many characters we were introduced to in the Saga movies that could easily get their own film. And it doesn’t stop there. The legacy of the Jedi and the Sith go back thousands of years, opening up virtually endless possibilities of story material.

Given this abundance of material just waiting to be tapped into, Heroic Hollywood decided to celebrate the Star Wars holiday by compiling a list of the Star Wars stand-alone movies we’d most like to see. While some of the films on this list are more likely to be developed than others, they each share one unifying factor: they’d all be freakin’ awesome!

Heroic Hollywood proudly presents the 8 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Movies We Really Want To See! Click next to get started. And may the Force be with you!

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Grant Davis

Grant Davis

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