Rian Johnson Defends His 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Luke Skywalker Twist

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Photo credit: Lucasfilm - Disney
Photo credit: Lucasfilm - Disney

Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer and director Rian Johnson has explained why Luke Skywalker's reclusive existence and eventual death benefitted the story.

Five years on from one of the most radical adventures in a galaxy far, far away, The Last Jedi remains fiercely divisive amongst the Star Wars fanbase.

Speaking to Empire Magazine, Johnson said: "I'm even more proud of it five years on. When I was up at bat, I really swung at the ball.

"I think it's impossible for any of us to approach Star Wars without thinking about it as a myth that we were raised with, and how that myth, that story, baked itself into us and affected us.

"The ultimate intent was not to strip away–the intent was to get to the basic, fundamental power of myth. And ultimately I hope the film is an affirmation of the power of the myth of Star Wars in our lives," he reflected.

This correlates with Skywalker's sacrificial arc in particular, which concluded with the Jedi master (and Force forsaker) projecting himself into a lightsaber duel against Kylo Ren before passing away on the planet Ahch-To.

"The final images of the movie, to me, are not deconstructing the myth of Luke Skywalker, they're building it, and they're him embracing it," Johnson went on to say.

"They're him absolutely defying the notion of, 'Throw away the past,' and embracing what actually matters about his myth and what's going to inspire the next generation.

"So for me, the process of stripping away is always in the interest of getting to something essential that really matters."

Johnson's next major movie is Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, which was recently confirmed to land on Netflix just before Christmas. Before that, it will get its European premiere at the BFI London Film Festival in October.

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