Star Wars: Episode VIII writer/director Rian Johnson opens up about some plot details.
Last we saw, Rey she was standing with her arm reached out to Luke Skywalker holding his old lightsaber, seemingly forever, on the cliffs of Ahch-To. A not-so-sly nod to this being Act 2 of the new trilogy.
It’s confirmed by Johnson that Episode VIII will indeed pick up immediately where The Force Awakens left off.
“I don’t want to skip ahead two years,” Johnson says. “I want to see the very next moment of what happens.” How Rey and Luke relate to each other is the key relationship in Episode VIII, and Johnson says “a large part of the movie” will be spent addressing why Luke’s there and what he’ll do next. Like Luke, Rey has been pulled into a bigger world by connecting with the Force, “but part of what’s she’s dealing with is the realization that she has this power and this gift,” Johnson adds. “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.”
Not skipping ahead two years or so like most Star Wars trilogy films should prove interesting. The opening title crawl alone is the main topic of debate as to what it will catch us up on in the few seconds that have passed. I’m all for more Luke. Hopefully his on-screen sister, Leia (the late great Carrie Fisher) will reunite with him along with the rest of us at some point in the film. And Rey is totally a Skywalker, right? Who do you think she is?
Episode VIII is just under a year away. Stay tuned for a title reveal, images and a teaser trailer in the coming months.