Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has revealed new details regarding the mysterious connection between Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).
Back in February, Lucasfilm updated the Star Wars databank, bringing attention to the connection between the two but while recently speaking to Entertainment Weekly, as part of their latest cover story, Johnson went as far to say that Rey and Kylo are “two halves of the dark and the light”.
But that’s not all. Johnson also revealed new details regarding how the characters are still reeling in the aftermath of the Skywalker Saga’s previous episode. Towards the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Kylo was faced with a similar choice that Darth Vader was presented with in the Emperor’s throne room during Return of the Jedi, only Kylo went the opposite direction and chose to kill his father Han Solo (Harrison Ford), extinguishing the light within him and solidifying his commitment to the dark side. But rather than strengthening the power of the dark side within him, Kylo discovered his act of patricide actually weakened him, a pain felt across the galaxy by his mother General Leia (Carrie Fisher).
To make matters worse, Kylo was then defeated in battle by Rey, a scavenger — untrained in the force — and ultimately failed his master, Supreme Leader Snoke, as the First Order suffered its first major loss as The Resistance destroyed its superweapon, Starkiller Base. With the upcoming eighth installment of the Skywalker Saga breaking franchise tradition and picking up directly where Episode VII left off, the new film will feature Kylo still struggling with his decision to commit patricide:
“He’s definitely been knocked off base. The defeat that he had at the end of The Force Awakens, but even bigger than that, his huge defining act which, spoiler alert, is the murder of his father… that’s the more interesting thing to dive into. How has he dealt with that in his head? Where is he at in terms of that act and what does that mean for him?”
Ridley also spoke on Rey’s reaction to Kylo’s decision, revealing the young force-sensitive will still be grieving over the loss of the man the orphaned scavenger managed to form a father-daughter like bond with in a very short period of time:
“She just doesn’t understand Kylo. When all she wanted was parents, why would a person who has parents do that? It’s so beyond comprehension, it’s ridiculous. So she has grief for the loss and then there’s anger. To be honest, she couldn’t understand doing something like that – let alone to your parents.”
Rey won’t be the only one mourning the loss of Han either. Johnson confirmed that we won’t see a sad Chewie in the film, however, the Wookiee’s loss of his best friend will have him reacting rather rapidly, and unpredictably. While the Star Wars fan favorite smuggler may have met his demise in the last film, Johnson made it clear — using a careful choice of words — that Han’s presence in the Saga will still be felt in The Last Jedi:
“Han, the ghost of – well, not literally. I don’t want to misguide. I have to be very careful with my words here. But a figurative ghost of Han had to be present throughout this entire film.”
The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran, Lupita Nyong’o, and Andy Serkis.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15, 2017.
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