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The first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi ended with ominous words from Luke Skywalker about the future of the Jedi. The implications of the statement are so potentially far-reaching that even other actors in the Star Wars universe are considering what they might mean for them. Ashley Eckstein, who voices popular character Ahsoka Tano from the Star Wars animated series is openly curious about what the end of the Jedi could mean for her character, as Ahsoka famously rejected the order herself. According to Eckstein...
Luke's line in the trailer actually gave me chills because, you know, Ahsoka very famously said, 'I am no Jedi.' The reason Ahsoka is still alive is because she walked away from the Jedi Order. Clearly, there's something there with The Last Jedi.... It's not what it once was, apparently.
The trailer that was released last week for Star Wars: The Last Jedi included Luke Skywalker, the last living Jedi, declaring that it was time for the order to end. It was a fitting statement considering the film's title, but the line leads to obvious questions. Why does it need to end and what exactly happens after it does?
Ahsoka Tano was introduced as the padawan of Anakin Skywalker during the Clone Wars animated series but at the end of that series she rejected the Jedi and struck out on her own. She's clearly somebody who believed that there was more to The Force and simply choosing the path of Jedi or Sith, that there were other options. From what Ashley Eckstein tells Yahoo, she sees Luke's lines, at least potentially, as a statement that he too has realized that there's more to the Force than simply picking the light side or the dark side.
It's a very intriguing idea and one that I considered as a possible interpretation of the title The Last Jedi back when it was revealed a couple of months ago. Rian Johnson has now definitively stated that The Last Jedi the title refers to is Luke Skywalker, which lends more credence to the idea that Rey will never actually become a Jedi. However, since Luke does appear to be training her in the trailer, it would seem that he's training her to be something else. Rey makes reference in the trailer to "balance" which could mean that she sees a way to use the Force that balances the two ends of the spectrum. If somehow you've never seen the trailer in question, or just want to see it again. Check it out below.
The new trailer certainly has us excited. We're looking forward to seeing how Star Wars: The Last Jedi will change the greater Star Wars universe when the film debuts this December.