A small, but important change.
Today is May the Fourth, which has forever been marked as the unofficial Star Wars day. With it, comes news, for, you guessed it: Star Wars. This bit of news concerns itself with the original ending to The Force Awakens, or rather, how The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson changed it.
Sayeth Johnson (Source: EW):
“Yes … The big [favor] was, I asked if R2 could come with Rey, and if BB-8 could stay behind with the Resistance,” Johnson says. “Originally it was BB-8 who went with Rey, which makes sense for the story in a way. But I asked, ‘Can you do me this solid and switch the droids?’”
Interesting choice! While Rey and BB-8 obviously formed a close bond over the course of The Force Awakens, it doesn’t compare to that of BB-8 and Poe. Plus, this also ends up reuniting R2-D2 with Luke, which is a reunion I’m sure we’re all ecstatic to see. What purpose this ultimately serves in The Last Jedi remains a mystery. Still, based on these comments alone, I can’t help but feel it was the correct choice. Kudos to Johnson.
That wasn’t all Johnson had to say, however. He’s well aware of the lack of screentime Luke had in The Force Awakens and he seems set on remedying that in his upcoming sequel:
“Figuring out where his head was at was the very first thing I had to do when writing the movie. I had to crack this. And it had to be something for me that first and foremost made sense. Why did Luke Skywalker go off to this island?” Johnson says. “That was the starting point, and that’s what the entire movie explores.”
So it seems Luke will be a key central figure in The Last Jedi. While this isn’t exactly a surprise, it’s nice to have confirmation. To me, this sounds like Luke will be serving somewhat of the similar role that of Han in The Force Awakens. Here’s hoping he doesn’t experience a comparable fate.
We’re still quite a ways away from the release date The Last Jedi, so this snippet of information is nice. Anything to hold us over until the film finally hits theaters December 15th.