During the very last scene of J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, audiences got to see Mark Hamill’s iconic Luke Skywalker for the first time in 32 years.
The final moments showed the young hero Rey (Daisy Ridley) traveling to the hidden planet of Ahch-To, where the old Jedi had been exiled for several years. The brief sequence showed the pair sharing a silent but powerful exchange when Rey held out the Skywalker family lightsaber as a means of asking Luke to return to the fight.
In speaking to USA Today, director Rian Johnson revealed that the still untitled “Star Wars: Episode VIII” will pick up right where “The Force Awakens” left off as well as the importance of Rey and Luke’s relationship in moving forward.
“I don’t want to skip ahead 2 years. I want to see the very next moment of what happens… part of what’s she’s (Rey) dealing with is the realisation that she has this power and this gift. She’s taking her first step to coming to terms with this thing inside her that she never knew was there and is just starting to reveal its potential,” the filmmaker told the publication.
It’s only fitting that the next instalment wouldn’t have an extended gap in time between “The Force Awakens” and “Episode VIII” seeing as how the final scene was such a massive cliffhanger. Viewers will no doubt want to know the beginnings of Rey’s relationship with Luke when their dynamics will most probably carry on until the trilogy’s conclusion.
The director also shared that a “large part of the movie” will explain why Luke Skywalker spent all those years in exile on Ahch-To and how he’ll deal with the current dilemma. Word on the street has it that Rey will begin her training as a Jedi with Luke on the planet.
There also been other rumours claiming that Rey will choose to abandon her training mid-way through after getting wind that her friends, Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), have been captured by Kylo Ren in an attempt to lure Rey out of hiding.
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“Star Wars: Episode VIII” will be released in theatres on 15th December 2017.