One of the great questions surrounding Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been the exact interpretation of its title.
Does that refer to Luke? Or to Rey? Or to both of them? However, director Rian Johnson revealed to The New York Times that we’ve all been wasting our time a little on this mystery, since the answer’s been in the most obvious of places: the opening crawl of The Force Awakens.
Indeed, they very blankly state that: “Luke Skywalker has vanished. In his absence, the sinister First Order has risen from the ashes of the Empire and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi, has been destroyed.”
“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,” Johnson explained. “And he’s removed himself and is alone on this island, for reasons unknown.”
Well, that’s it then. His comments about “a certain point of view” are interesting, however, and do seem to boost all these theories that Rey may represent some next evolution of the Jedi, whether that be a “Grey Jedi” or something entirely different.
Add to that, Johnson revealed the film will dig deep into the matter of the Jedi, after Luke’s ominous words in the trailer: “It’s time for the Jedi to end”.
“The heart of the movie is Luke and Rey. It follows all the other characters, but its real essence is the development of the two of them. And it’s absolutely tied up in that question of, what is Luke’s attitude toward the Jedi?” he said.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits UK cinemas 14 December.