After delaying the film seven months from its summer 2017 release date, Disney announced the start of production on Star Wars: Episode VIII just a few weeks ago with a video teasing what we can at least assume is the film’s beginning, which featured the continuation of The Force Awaken‘s final scene between Daisy Ridley’s Rey and Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker.
For those of you that have been theorizing and speculating about Luke’s role in the upcoming film as well, after his notable absence from a majority of Episode VII, despite his presence over the film’s story, it looks like we can expect to see a whole more of Hamill’s iconic Jedi in the new film, and according to Daisy Ridley, he’ll be even cooler than he’s ever been before.
While speaking with MTV at last night’s Academy Awards, Ridley commented on her current filming schedule for the movie, confirming that yes they were reshooting the final scene from The Force Awakens, before adding that Luke’s role in the new film is going to be even better than you might have thought:
“Me and Mark have been rehearsing a lot, and it’s really amazing,” Ridley said “When we went back to Skellig to do the opening of [Episode] VIII, it was so crazy doing the same scene with a different crew of people. He’s amazing to rehearse with, and I’m very excited to be doing the rest of the stuff. It’s such a good story. Seriously. Luke is so cool in this one. Really.”
From the final scene of The Force Awakens alone, it was clear that a lot had happened to Luke in the years since we had last seen him, and the look he gave Rey was an interesting mix between wisdom and regret that I think fans were more than just looking forward to seeing. To put it simply, Luke looked haunted.
To see how Rian Johnson plans on exploring the blossoming relationship between Rey and Luke should be an exciting enough idea for any Star Wars fan, whether they liked The Force Awakens or not, as they form what we can only hope is going to be the kind of apprentice-master bond that was somewhat missing from George Lucas’ prequels. It doesn’t really matter to me though. I’m just looking forward to seeing Luke given the kind of spotlight and respect onscreen again that the character desperately deserves.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is set to hit theaters on December 15th, 2017.
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