'Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Director Asked to Change ‘The Force Awakens’ Ending
When J.J. Abrams resurrected the Star Wars universe and created an entirely new cast for this new trilogy, he thought he had The Force Awakens good to go. Turns out, toward the end of production, the director for The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson (Breaking Bad, Brick), had a request for one minor change.
Sure enough, Johnson's request changed the ending to The Force Awakens. It sounds minor now, but it could be a clue to what The Last Jedi has planned - Johnson was concerned with the whereabouts of R2-D2. He explains:
Since R2 had been Luke Skywalker's droid and his father's before him, it makes sense that Johnson would want R2 back with old friend - it would make even more sense if Rey turned out to be Luke's daughter, bringing the whole family together. But it's most likely not that simple. If Johnson was willing to stick his neck out there for this tiny revision, we're guessing R2-D2 and BB-8's placements are more important than they seem. Perhaps R2-D2 needs to be with Luke in order for a plotline to work in Episode VIII, with BB-8 rolling around some other part of the film.
And Luke will definitely play an important role in The Last Jedi. Skywalker will be the starting point for the film, Johnson says.
While we doubt the answer is margaritas and the view, he'll presumably delve into that more while he trains Rey in the next installment. And if Luke has been in a rough headspace for the past few decades, seeing R2 may help cheer him up some more. BB-8 is friendly and all, but Luke doesn't have quite the same history with that droid.
We'll see when The Last Jedi debuts in theaters on December 15, 2017.