In an interview with Vanity Fair, director Rian Johnson discusses Luke Skywalker’s role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
His details are minuscule for obvious reasons but he does let on that Luke’s time on Ahch-To was spent with caretakers of the Jedi temple there. Johnson also confirms that the caretakers are definitely, “not Ewoks”. Johnson also warns fans not to make any correlations between The Last Jedi and Empire Strikes Back. The second act of Empire highlighted Luke’s journey to Dagobah to train with former Jedi Grandmaster Yoda. Audiences get to see the grueling training Luke had to endure in order to become a Jedi. The trailer for Episode 8 hints at Rey going through the same tutelage processwith Luke on Ahch-To but that’s not the case according to the director. He says, “There’s a training element to it but it’s not exactly what you would expect.”
At the end of the trailer for The Last Jedi Luke says in an ominous tone, “It’s time for the Jedi to end” which makes me wonder if we could be seeing a more withdrawn and slightly darker version of Luke Skywalker in this movie. Han Solo hints at the pain Luke went through with Ben Solo destroying his Jedi academy and turning to the dark side of the force in The Force Awakens; it’s the reason he is in exile now. There is a possibility that the time alone discovering what he could about the first Jedi could have changed him. Oscar Isaacs says something telling in his portion of the interview with VF, “So to be there, and to watch Mark revisit Luke, particularly in these scenes we were shooting towards the end of the film, was bizarre and jaw-dropping,” he told me. “It’s like when you see an old band re-unite and go on the road, and they don’t quite hit those high notes anymore—though in this situation it’s completely the opposite. It’s the fulfillment of where your imagination would take you when you imagine where Luke would go, or what he’s become.” Rian Johnson says Hammill “shows a very different side of the Luke character.”
I think this means we will be getting a very different Luke form the one everyone is accustomed to from the original trilogy and not everyone may like the path he has taken.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi flies into theaters December 15, 2017!