Director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson, has explained why Luke had cut himself off from the force.
It might be three months into the year but that doesn’t mean people still aren’t talking about The Last Jedi and it certainly doesn’t mean Rian Johnson still isn’t discussing various aspects of the film’s plot points.
One reveal that surprised fans during the movie was that Luke had cut himself off from the force and was no longer taking up an active role as a Jedi. Speaking at SXSW at an event hosted by Amazon Prime Video, Johnson explained why Luke had taken this measure:
“For me, the reason that Luke had to turn off the Force was because of Leia. Because if he didn’t, if he had a connection to Leia, if he could see his sister suffering, if he could hear her calls for help, there’s no way he’d be able to do what he thinks in his head is what he has to do – which is to stay on that island (Ach-to) for the greater good of the galaxy.”
Johnson has explained before that Luke had come to believe that the Jedi have failed the galaxy and that sequestering himself as he did, was the only way forward.
“In this way he’s able to finally do the thing he couldn’t do in Empire, which is cut off the emotional, isolate himself into what he’s convinced himself is the right thing,” said Johnson.
At this point, it doesn’t feel like there isn’t a plot thread, theme, or controversy in The Last Jedi that Johnson hasn’t commented on, but tomorrow is of course another day. What do you think about the director’s latest comments?
In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi sees returning cast members Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix), Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke), Peter Mayhew and Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), Mike Quinn (Nien Nunb) and Warwick Davis joined by new additions Jimmy Vee (Pan) as R2-D2, Kelly Marie Tran (Ladies Like Us) as Rose, Benicio Del Toro (Guardians of the Galaxy) as DJ and Laura Dern (Jurassic Park).