Star Wars: The Last Jedi just got a lot more exciting. Entertainment Weekly's become a major source for info on new movies set in that galaxy far, far away and on Wednesday they just dropped an epic cover story full of fresh details about Episode VIII.
We've already had major news for the sequel care of Star Wars Celebration in April and Vanity Fair in May, but this is on another level, with amazing high-quality movie stills and many substantial plot reveals. In fact, there's so much in the cover story and accompanying online content that it's easy to miss something, so here's our now-customary breakdown of all the major new information and what it means for The Last Jedi.
Luke and Rey's Relationship (This Page)
Luke Initially Rejects Rey
Daisy Ridley previously said of Luke and Rey's initial meeting that "it is difficult when you meet your heroes because it might not be what you expect" and boy was she not lying. It sounds like The Force Awakens' cliff-top ending will be followed up by Luke rejecting Rey, in Ridley's words coming across as "a grumpy guy on an island who doesn’t want me here". This is an essential part of both character's trilogy arcs, challenging Rey's slow-built sense of belonging and serving as a window into why Luke's in exile in the first place.
Luke Thought Kylo Ren Was The Chosen One
Quite what went down between Luke, Ben and Snoke that led the Skywalker into exile and turned Solo into Kylo Ren is still a mystery, but we did learn one key detail that will only serve to amplify the issue: Luke thought Kylo was the Chosen One. This highlights how close a relationship the pair had before things went all fire-and-dark side, but also reveals that the sequel trilogy is going to be exploring massive parts of the mythology from the prequels, something some fans thought was completely off the cards.
We also learned the exact reasoning for the exile was the first plot point Rian Johnson addressed when writing the script and will be answered in the film. However, the full scope of the changes made to Luke since Return of the Jedi may not be fully explored (at least not in the movie itself); Hamill said he and Johnson came up with a complex backstory of everything that's happened to Skywalker but it was more for his performance than anything to be explicitly conveyed.
Rey's Parents Will Be Revealed (But It's Not Important)
Yes, we will learn who Rey's parents are and why she was left on Jakku. There's been a lot of questions over whether we'll get an answer to the sequel trilogy's biggest mystery in Episode VIII, and the EW report resolutely states that we are. Although it also suggests the real weight will be in the complicated impact on Rey, as opposed to the shock of the reveal itself.
Johnson and Ridley both made a point of how, despite spending a film accepting the future, Rey is still curious and driven by questions of her past. However, they further made clear that finally learning where she came from doesn't actually provide any neat narrative solution and isn't all that important to her arc. There's so many ways this could go - Skywalker, Solo, Kenobi, none of the above - but it seems clear, whatever the resolution, it won't be the cheeriest or most satisfying one.
More Teases Of Rey's Familial Connection To Luke
It's not the biggest nugget, but Hamill managed to once again stoke the flames of the fan theory that Rey is a Skywalker. As already established, the pair's first meeting doesn't go too well, something Ridley puts on Rey being someone Luke doesn't know; however, EW's article that's followed up with Hamill stating "But does he not know her?"
To be fair, he's been teasing this notion for a while to purposely wind fans up - he did something very similar at Celebration - but the fact he's winking so much would suggest there is going to be some big reveal in Rey's backstory.
Mark Hamill Objected To Luke Ending The Jedi
At Star Wars Celebration, Mark Hamill said that he initially "fundamentally disagreed" with what Rian Johnson was doing with Luke in The Last Jedi (a statement that was swiftly exaggerated to him actively hating the film). Now we have some idea of what exactly he was talking about; it was the notion of Luke wanting "the Jedi to end" that so shook the actor, who "struggled" seeing how far the once wide-eyed farmboy had gone.
Of course, there could be more to it - EW will have just published the parts that relate to currently released materials - but this would at the very least indicate Skywalker isn't making empty threats to Rey here.
- 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
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019