The latest Star Wars: The Last Jedi rumors detail a few topics about the upcoming film, including Chewbacca's new friends on Ahch-To and the emotional journey for one Luke Skywalker. Ever since the first trailer for Rian Johnson's hotly-anticipated sequel debuted last week at Star Wars Celebration, fans have been buzzing with excitement, analyzing each frame in search for clues about the largely secretive story. The most intriguing bit came towards the end, when Luke declared it was time for the Jedi to end, suggesting he has a damaged psyche after all he's been through.
Skywalker has been living in isolation on the planet Ahch-To for an undisclosed period of time following Ben Solo's turn to the Dark Side and was discovered there by Rey at the very end of The Force Awakens. Ever since that film ended, moviegoers have been eager to watch the dynamic between the two unfold in Episode VIII, and the young scavenger won't be the only one Luke interacts with. As some may recall, Chewbacca and R2-D2 accompanied Rey to the remote world so they could see their old friend again, and it sounds like an arc in Last Jedi will be the "family" getting back together.
According to Making Star Wars, Luke has a "rather emotional" storyline in the film, which apparently includes a "beautiful moment" where he catches up with Chewie and Artoo. That's sure to be a touching scene for longtime fans, especially considering how tight-knit the original trilogy heroes became during their adventures. It's sad and unfortunate the great Luke/Han reunion never came to be, but at least Skywalker will get to share some screen time with his fellow Rebels. There's no word yet on if he will meet his twin sister Leia again, but hopefully a reunion for the Skywalker siblings is something in the cards as well. Rey is reportedly the catalyst that "brings this non-blood family together again" after Han Solo's death, so maybe she encourages Luke to rejoin the battle against the First Order.
The trip to Ahch-To appears to be therapeutic for Chewie in more ways than one. Not only does he get to see Luke once more, he'll make new friends in the form of the planet's native bird-like creatures called "porgs." Their physical attributes include solid black eyes and a "soft white" body with a "tinge of grey." There's a sequence in Star Wars 8 where a nest of baby porgs are hatched, and the Wookiee has some "touching moments" with them. Though The Last Jedi is going to be darker in tone when compared to its predecessor, Johnson didn't skimp on humor, meaning Chewbacca's interactions with these new animals could be funny and heartfelt. If nothing else, the juxtaposition of the large walking carpet next to baby birds will make for an interesting visual.
As for Rey, she is indeed going to be trained by Luke, and it will be a similar manner to the way Yoda once trained Luke on Dagobah. However, it's noted that Skywalker puts his "own spin on it," which is probably connected to his statement in the trailer. Luke presumably used the "Jedi Way" to teach Ben, and that backfired in the worst way imaginable. Perhaps in his journeys throughout the galaxy, Skywalker discovered a better way to educate apprentices. After all, he was the one who told Rey the Force is so much bigger than just the light and darkness, so he probably has some new methods in mind to make sure he doesn't repeat the same mistakes.
Source: Making Star Wars
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018