At the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rey finds Luke looking over the edge of a cliff out onto a horizon of endless sea. As he turns to look at her, she extends his old lightsaber to him and the screen wipes to black. In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we learn that Luke has rejected the ways of the Jedi and closed himself off from the Force.
In a new interview with Mtime, Mark Hamill revealed the original plan for the cliffhanger scene was a little bit different:
“When we were doing [The Force Awakens], Rian said, ‘Oh and by the way we might have a couple of boulders floating to show your Force emanating’, so I was led to believe that I still had the Force and it was really strong in me”
This ending contradicts the embittered, closed off Luke we see in The Last Jedi. Whether caused by a last minute change in story, or by a minor oversight in production, the continuity error was caught by all parties involved:
“When I read [The Last Jedi] before 7 came out, I said ‘what?” and called J.J. or Rian to say, ‘Are you guys aware of this? Have you seen a cut? Is there floating boulders?’ And they said, ‘No, we caught that and we worked it all out’.”
Luke’s disillusionment with the Jedi Order, and his severed connection to the Force play an important role in The Last Jedi. The change to the ending of Abrams’ movie is a minor one that serves a larger purpose in Johnson’s.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi was written and directed by Rian Johnson, and stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Issac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Benicio Del Toro, and Frank Oz.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now in theaters.