Details Revealed on Luke & Rey's Relationship in 'Episode VIII'

Monday, 09 January 2017 - 8:49PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: Episode VIII
Monday, 09 January 2017 - 8:49PM
Details Revealed on Luke & Rey's Relationship in 'Episode VIII'
With Rogue One in the can, it's time to get back to business. That is, it's time to focus on the next chapter in the Star Wars saga, because Episode VIII is a mere 11 months away, and it looks to pick up right where Episode VII left off: With Rey and Luke Skywalker coming face to face. But what kind of role will their relationship play in the film?

A pretty major one, according to director Rian Johnson. The filmmaker sat down with USA Today to share details about the new film, and it seems like the pair are going to be front and center. "I don't want to skip ahead two years. I want to see the very next moment of what happens," Johnson said, implying that the movie's action will begin with Luke and Rey facing each other without skipping over anything. 

Johnson also stated that the relationship between the two, which many fans suspect is familial, will be the key aspect of the film, and that Luke's role in the overall saga will be "a large part of the movie." Johnson then went on to discuss Rey's use of the Force, and how she'll deal with her growing power in the new movie. "Part of what's she's dealing with is the realization that she has this power and this gift," the director said. "She's taking her first step to coming to terms with this thing inside her that she never knew was there and is just starting to reveal its potential."

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One big question about the film is how the death of Carrie Fisher may affect the plot. Leia was said to have an expanded role in Episodes VIII and IX, and while she already filmed all her scenes for VIII, this sadly isn't the case for IX. Disney is reportedly holding talks to discuss the character's future, and it seems like there's a strong possibility that whatever decision they come to could end up changing Episode VIII.

We'll have to wait and see what happens. Star Wars: Episode VIII will release on December 15, 2017.
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