Recent weeks have seen Star Wars: Return of the Jedi come under renewed scrutiny for Luke Skywalker’s apparently nonsensical plan to rescue Han Solo in the first act of the film. Now, author Chuck Wendig, writer of the Star Wars: Aftermath trilogy of canonical novels, has taken up the Herculean task of explaining just what Luke had in mind during the rescue.
Posted on his blog, Wendig provides an elaborate breakdown of the plan, beginning with Lando as the scout, ingratiating himself as a member of Jabba the Hutt’s crew. Enter the droids, to be “offered” as translators in exchange for Han, a plan Luke knows won’t work. Wendig argues Luke is stacking the deck here, making sure his best players are there if and when they need to initiate a failsafe.
Wendig further details Leia and Chewie’s roles, but the plan fails, leaving Luke to enter and use each player on the scene for a total extraction. The author even answers why Luke didn’t just go in by himself at the beginning:
“And here the question might be, well, why doesn’t Luke just go in by himself right at the beginning? He could’ve, but that would leave him vulnerable at several steps along the way — getting Solo down and out is a task all unto itself. He needs assets in play. And the palace is stacked now with friendly faces. All of whom come into play at various points of the plan’s execution.”
The plan is summed up as a clumsy heist, with Luke making sure he has all his heavy hitters by his side that’s designed to get everyone in then get everyone back out:
“So, to me, that’s it — that’s the plan. A kind of clumsy, “get everyone in and then work to get everyone out” heist, a heist that would work poorly with only one of them in there, but that works much better with several assets in play to support redundancies and failsafes.”
The whole post is a fun and fascinating read. Be sure to check it out at the link below, then come back and let us know if Wendig’s explanation has merit or if you’re still not convinced Luke knew what he was doing!
For more of your Star Wars fix, The Last Jedi is now available on Digital HD. The film will be coming to DVD and Blu-Ray on March 27. 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.
10 Potential Directors For The New ‘Star Wars’ Films From David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
Star 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!