As many Star Wars fans will argue, not only was Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back considered the best film of the original trilogy, it also went much darker tonally compared to A New Hope and Return of the Jedi. CinemaBlend asked Mark Hamill at a recent press junket if we can expect a similar arc in the new trilogy, with Star Wars: The Last Jedi following a darker tone than its predecessor, The Force Awakens:
“Well the film itself is comparable to Empire because Empire was more cerebral. It was more cerebral with the addition of Yoda. As you say, the characters basically were trashed and there was so much tragedy and very little triumph. You can do in the middle act so that you can tie it up all together and let the good guys win in the third one.”
The Empire Strikes Back is famous for showing Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia Organa and the rest of our heroes on the brink of collapse. Luke had just learned Darth Vader was his father, and Han had been frozen in carbonite and taken prisoner by Jabba the Hutt. The Last Jedi is primed to follow in its footsteps, with Rey, Finn, Poe, and the Resistance pushed closer to defeat than ever before by The First Order. As Hamill says, we can expect these characters to be “trashed” before coming back even stronger in Episode IX, the third film of the current trilogy and the purported end of the Skywalker Saga.
What surprises does The First Order have in store for our protagonists? Do you think The Last Jedi will be even darker than The Empire Strikes Back? Let us know below!
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. Here’s the official synopsis:
In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past. Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in U.S. theaters on December 15, 2017.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15, 2017. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the Star Wars franchise as we learn it.
5 Ways ‘The Last Jedi’ Links To Greater ‘Star Wars’ Canon
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is right around the corner. The film is the next chapter in the ongoing Skywalker saga. It’s also unique in the Star Wars films as it is the first one to be an immediate sequel to its predecessor. But that does not mean there won’t be plenty of Easter eggs for fans of the greater Star Wars canon to pick up on and enjoy.
One of the biggest criticisms about the previous Star Wars canon, now dubbed Legends, is that ancillary material never connected. Since Disney has taken over and the establishment of the Star Wars Story Group, that has all changed. The modus operandi has been to have everything connect but not in an intrusive way– one that feels more natural to reward the more hardcore fans as well as to intrigue new fans.
Here are 5 ways The Last Jedi links to greater Star Wars canon. Click Next to get started!