Star Wars The Last Jedi: Can Rey save Luke Skywalker?

Entertainment Weekly just dropped new information on the meeting of Luke Skywalker and Rey!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Rey (Daisy Ridley)

EW: This isn’t the Luke she’s heard about. It’s not the one we know either. This is a broken man. One who would have preferred to stay lost. And he feels the same way about that lightsaber.

Mark Hamill goes on to describe his reaction to Luke in The Last Jedi:

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,” the actor says. “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.”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
L to R: Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill)
Credit: Jonathan Olley/ILM/© 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd.

EW: Luke definitely does not give Rey the warm welcome he received when he went in search of Alec Guinness’ Ben Kenobi in 1977’s original Star Wars. She is warned. She is given an explanation. Nevertheless …

Daisy Ridley: “She’s so hopeful to everything,” and obviously there’s a hint of, ‘What the hell?’” Regardless of everything else, she’s been welcomed. No one ever really turns away from her.”

Luke’s brush-off makes Rey miss the gruff warmth of Han Solo, Ridley says, giving us a peek inside the head of her character: “’Oh my God, this other man that I lost within a couple days 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.’” But Ridley says Rey is also placing huge expectations on Luke. She arrives on the island of Ach-To, site of a primitive Jedi temple, not to become a hero herself, but to shove Skywalker back into the fight.

Make sure to check out EW for more information about Luke Skywalker and Rey.

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