Rian Johnson Explains “Last Jedi” Identity

Its been fairly obvious, but now director Rian Johnson has confirmed that the titular ‘Last Jedi’ of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” isn’t Rey or someone else – it’s Luke Skywalker.

Speaking with The New York Times, Johnson volunteered the statement and suggests there’s no tricks or hidden fake outs – there’s only one Jedi and it’s Luke:

“It’s in the opening crawl of The Force Awakens. Luke Skywalker, right now, is the last Jedi. There’s always wiggle room in these movies – everything is from a certain point of view – but coming into our story, he is the actual last of the Jedi. And he’s removed himself and is alone on this island, for reasons unknown.”

As part of the same interview he revealed he was initially hesitant about committing to the movie and had turned down many franchise film offers in the past. A big draw though was both his childhood affection for it, and a huge degree of freedom:

“I never thought I was actually in the running, because I assumed every director on the planet would want to be doing a ‘Star Wars’ movie. And then it was sprung on me. It was like a bomb dropped. I suddenly realized, Oh, this meeting is about this. I didn’t try to hide the fact that I was freaking out. But I also said, ‘Can I think about it?’

I had figured there would be a big map on the wall with the whole story laid out, and it was not that at all. I was basically given the script for ‘Episode VII;’ I got to watch dailies of what J. J. [Abrams] was doing. And it was like, where do we go from here? That was awesome.”

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens in cinemas on December 15th.