'Star Wars: Battlefront 2' Footage Hints That Rey Might Get a New Lightsaber in 'The Last Jedi'

Monday, 12 June 2017 - 12:21PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Monday, 12 June 2017 - 12:21PM
'Star Wars: Battlefront 2' Footage Hints That Rey Might Get a New Lightsaber in 'The Last Jedi'
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It's not really clear whether items can carry curses in the Star Wars universe, but if it was, you can guarantee that Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber would be about as cursed as weapons can be.

The weapon isn't exactly what you'd call useful—especially not in a lightsaber duel. When it isn't coming detached from Luke's belt while he's upside down in a wampa cave, its users are getting destroyed by opponents. Anakin got his arm and legs chopped off on Mustafar, Luke lost a hand on Bespin, and Starkiller Base saw Finn get sliced all the way up his back. The only person to ever use Luke's lightsaber without suffering a severe injury is Rey.

Perhaps that's why Rey has wisely decided to ditch Luke's old weapon by the time of Star Wars: Battlefront 2, which was announced over the weekend at the video gaming expo, E3. In footage showing Rey in the game, the weapon that's described as "Rey's lightsaber" is a completely new design, suggesting that Rey might not be keeping Anakin's blue blade for the entirety of the upcoming movie.




While we're on the subject of lightsabers, by the way, here's what Obi Wan's lightsaber looks like when compared with this new Rey blade:




Yup, that's almost certainly a coincidence, right? No family connections here. None whatsoever.

So what fate awaits Anakin's old blade? What's significant about all this is that Luke's blade has only very recently been officially rebranded as Rey's lightsaber by Lucasfilm, which would suggest that the Jakku scavenger is destined to keep hold of it for the near future. The fact, then, that Rey has a different lightsaber in this footage suggests that the cursed lightsaber might not be sticking around for the entire movie. It's possible that Rey might build a new lightsaber for herself, or alternatively, this classic blue lightsaber might be destroyed, possibly in a duel with Kylo Ren.

This is a shame—Anakin's old laser sword has become a staple of the franchise. JJ. Abrams went to great lengths to bring it back into canon, even if his planned scene of a montage of its various owners was ultimately scrapped. Perhaps it's for the best, though—anyone who spends too long with the most famous lightsaber in Star Wars history should enjoy their remaining limbs while they still can.

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi hits US theaters on December 15th, 2017.
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