Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill Tease Major ‘The Last Jedi’ Plot Points

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The panel for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at last week’s Star Wars Celebration in Orlando mostly served as a vessel for the film’s first trailer, but that hasn’t stopped director Rian Johnson and star Mark Hamill from subsequently teasing information about the film.

Speaking to Good Morning America, Johnson confirmed that the issue of Rey’s parentage will be addressed in the film. In its predecessor, “The Force Awakens,” chief protagonist Rey (Daisy Ridley) and her identity are largely teased, but not revealed. “It’s something that is absolutely going to be addressed,” Johnson said. According to him, “How we address [Rey’s parentage] and how you feel about it and what happens with that is one of [those secrets].”

Johnson also addressed the film’s title, seemingly disproving multiple fan theories at once. “In my mind [‘The Last Jedi’] is singular,” he said. “They say in ‘The Force Awakens’ that [Luke] has gone to find the last Jedi temple and Luke’s the last Jedi.”

In an interview with ABC News, Hamill, Ridley and Johnson sat down to discuss the film. Hamill teased his character Luke’s arc, saying, “it’s possible” he went to the dark side. He also said Johnson’s script surprised him:

When I read [Episode] VIII, I told Rian, ‘I fundamentally disagree with virtually everything you’ve decided about my character.’ But it might be a good sign, because I was very wrong about [‘The Force Awakens’].

He also said of the trailer:

There’s a difference between teaser and a trailer. A teaser is supposed to show you dynamic images that heighten your awareness and make you want to see the trailer, but avoid all story points if at all possible. [But] I think that’s the only story point that’s in the teaser, which is Luke saying it’s time for the Jedi to end… It was as shocking to me to read what Rian Johnson had written as I’m sure it will be for the audience.

On the subject of Luke mentoring Rey, Johnson had this to say:

There’s definitely an element of mentorship and training that happens between the two of them. But it’s not an exact mirror of training that we’ve seen before.

For a rundown on the (admittedly) few tidbits teased during the film’s panel, also check out this article.

Tell us: What do you think of the plot teases so far? Who are Rey’s parents? Did Luke go to the dark side? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on the message boards!


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Written by Lauren Huff

Lauren Huff is a film and awards geek. When she's not writing about film and the industry, she's drinking coffee, reading mystery novels or hanging out with her husband and stinking-cute puppy. She's reported from the red carpets of Austin Film Festival, SXSW and various film premieres. Her work has appeared in several outlets, including Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, Us Weekly and more.

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