Main spoilers forward for Star Wars: The Final Jedi. You’ve got been warned!
Though it was launched practically a month in the past, cinephiles and Star Wars followers alike have not stopped dissecting and discussing Star Wars: The Final Jedi. Rian Johnson’s sequel subverted fan expectations, and offered a capsulated story that drastically modified every of the characters. Maybe no character went by means of extra modifications than Mark Hamill’s iconic Luke Skywalker. Luke’s journey all through the movie was of isolation and self-loathing, however he finally ended up coming by means of and provoking the way forward for The Resistance and The Power. Johnson was not too long ago requested about whether or not he might return in Episode IX as a Power Ghost, and due to this fact permit Hamill to have one other look within the franchise. He mentioned,
I do not know the place the subsequent film goes to go. J.J. (Abrams) and Chris Terrio are writing it proper now. However it appeared just like the potential of Luke crossing into new realm — that gives thrilling prospects for the position he performs within the coming chapter. Nobody’s ever actually gone.
Whereas Rian Johnson does not appear particularly cued into the writing strategy of Episode IX, he definitely appears to assume that Luke’s Power Ghost might pop up within the subsequent movie. And contemplating the precedent set by the earlier films, together with The Final Jedi, it will make whole sense.
Rian Johnson’s feedback to Variety appear to level out how Luke’s bodily demise does not essentially imply the tip of Mark Hamill’s character. Power Ghosts have been round since again in Empire Strikes Again, when Obi-Wan appeared to Luke. The Final Jedi had an particularly fascinating Force Ghost, as a basic puppet version of Yoda spoke to Luke on Ach-To. Grasp Yoda’s phrases finally assist Luke discover solace in his previous, and collectively they destroy the traditional Jedi texts. Whereas The Final Jedi has factors of rivalry amongst followers, Yoda’s look appears to be well received.
Logistically, it will additionally make sense for Luke to have a task in Episode IX, within the wake of Carrie Fisher’s tragic death. The third movie on this trilogy was set as much as be a second for Fisher to shine as Basic Leia. However her sudden demise in December of 2016 threw a wrench into the writing course of, and The Final Jedi ended up being her closing look as her signature character. Episode IX now has the potential to be the primary fundamental installment with out the trio of authentic heroes, and Luke’s inclusion would little doubt be a consolation to the generations of followers on the market.
With J.J. Abrams helming Episode IX, the person who introduced the galaxy far, distant again will have the ability to full the brand new trilogy of movies. We’ll simply have to attend and see the way it all seems.