[This article may contain possible spoilers for The Last Jedi, so read carefully or avoid it completely.]
Luke Skywalker is not the man full of hope and optimism we saw in The Return of the Jedi. He’s now broken, defeated and lost. He disappeared from everyone right after Kylo Ren (Ben Solo) turn against everything Luke taught him.
The last scene of The Force Awakens showed us Rey giving Luke his long-lost lightsaber, but it seems like in The Last Jedi she’ll have to go much further to find the man we remember as Luke.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, due to the fact that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the cover of the magazine, Mark Hamill sat down to talk about Luke’s arc in the movie.
“The fact that Luke says, ‘I only know one truth. It’s time for the Jedi to end…’ I mean, that’s a pretty amazing statement for someone who was the symbol of hope and optimism in the original films. When I first read it, my jaw dropped. What would make someone that alienated from his original convictions? That’s not something that you can just make up in an afternoon, and I really struggled with this thing.”
Daisy Ridley, on her part, talks about Rey’s reaction to Luke’s welcome. Instead of the warm welcome she hopes, similar to the one Luke received from Obi Wan in The Last Hope, she gets a warning.
“Oh my God, this other man that I lost within a couple days (Han) was somewhat of a father figure. Now he’s gone, and instead I’m with this grumpy guy on an island who doesn’t want me here.”
Rey wants Luke to join the fight once more, but Ridley knows is not going to be that easy.
“I don’t think one girl, who he doesn’t know, turning up with a lightsaber is gonna make him go, ‘Oh, s—, yeah, of course I’ll get back into the action,”
But things are never easy, and it’s not going to be easy for us, as it certainly wasn’t easy for Hamill.
“[Luke] made a huge mistake in thinking that his nephew was the chosen one, so he invested everything he had in Kylo, much like Obi-Wan did with my character. And he is betrayed, with tragic consequences. Luke feels responsible for that. That’s the primary obstacle he has, to re-join the world and his place in the Jedi hierarchy, you know? It’s that guilt, that feeling that it’s his fault, that he didn’t detect the darkness in him until it was too late.”
Luke’s dreams and hopes are lost, and finding them is going to be hard.
“I think he probably looks out on the horizon and wishes that he could be more effective, could be what Obi-Wan wanted him to be. But life is imperfect and without conflict there is no drama. Believe me, you’re going to see a lot of conflict in The Last Jedi. That is for sure.”
Years have passed since we met that farm boy looking at the two suns of Tatooine wanting more out of life, full of hope and dreams. Hopefully Rey and Luke’s meeting will bring him back to become the hero we once hoped we would be.
What do you think about this news? What do you think will be Luke’s arc in The Last Jedi? Let us know in the comments below!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to premiere this December 13, 2017.
Source: Entertainment Weekly.