The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly has done a feature story on Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” just weeks before the film hits cinemas. As a result around a dozen new photos and four new collectible covers from the issue have been revealed.
Johnson, the only director aside from J.J. Abrams that hasn’t really had any problems with his film or Lucasfilm, in the past year and a half, says ‘Last Jedi’ is a film about dark temptation:
“There’s a history in ‘Star Wars’ of the attraction between the light and the dark, whether it’s the story of Anakin basically turning from this sweet kid and seeing his seduction to the dark side, or even with Luke. Even though you never really believe he’s going to go over to the dark side, the whole revelation of ‘I am your father’ has to do with Vader and this darkness that [Luke] thought he could just dismiss as ‘That’s the bad guy. I don’t have any of him in me’. Suddenly he realizes ‘No, I come from him. I have quite a bit of him inside me.'”
Adam Driver says his Kylo Ren and Daisy Ridley’s Rey have a weird admiration for one another that could eventually see them working together:
“He has been aware of this ability in himself from such a young age, and I don’t think there’s a lot of people around him who are on the same level. I think that there is something familiar there [with Rey], as well as something to be feared, or something … that he can’t quite place.
He also says that it’s his parent’s devotion to their cause that ultimately alienated his character and led him to the Dark Side:
I think the idea of someone whose parents are very much devoted to the cause, that’s something a lot of people could relate to, whether it be religion or politics or a business. Not identifying with [that cause] yourself, I think can give someone a complex. Looking around and not seeing yourself and not identifying with what’s around you, I think, affects how we behave.”
As seen in ‘The Last Jedi’ trailers, when Luke Skywalker displays fear toward Rey and rejects her rather, Rey feels adrift – not unlike Ben Solo before he turned to the Dark Side. Ridley says:
“This is very much about Rey trying to figure out how she fits into all this, much like any of us as we’re growing up, as we’re transitioning from childhood into adulthood. You’re going meet people who you think are going help who don’t. And help is also going come from unexpected places.”
Johnson is adamant that Kylo not be a simple story of redemption, that the characters has more complexity and nuance than that:
“There’s a big part of the story yet to be written and not by me. But I don’t think it’s very interesting if the whole story is just ‘Will Kylo get his comeuppance?’ He’s a more complicated character than that and I think he deserves a more complicated story than that. I don’t see the point of trying to get behind his mask and learn more about him if all we’re going to learn is ‘Yeah, he’s just an evil bad guy that needs to be killed.'”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens December 15th.