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The Last Jedi Director Rian Johnson Addresses The Future Of Luke Skywalker

Luke with the ancient Jedi text

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It's been less than a week since Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrived in theaters, and the generations of fans haven't stopped discussing every frame of the blockbuster. Rian Johnson took a ton of risks with the film, telling a capsulated story that challenged much of what fans thought they knew about the galaxy far, far away. And perhaps no plot line is as controversial as Luke Skywalker's, especially how the hero of the franchise went out in the end. He seemed to have finally passed on in the final moments of the film, but could he show up as a Force Ghost like this mentors Obi-Wan and Yoda? Here's what Johnson said about the character's possible future in J.J. Abrams' Episode IX.

I don't know what's gonna happen in Episode IX at all, but there's actually more potential for more interesting things in terms of his role in the final chapter if he moves into another realm.

Rian Johnson's comments to Slash Film claim that a Force Ghost version of Luke would be a fascinating way of continuing the character's narrative, and therefore include the hero in the next sequel. And it seems to echo the hopes of Star Wars fans.

Luke had an interesting go during The Last Jedi, going into a self-imposed exile in Ach-To just like Yoda did after the events of the prequel trilogy. Much like the little green guy, Luke intended to live the rest of his days alone with his self- loathing. And while Luke eventually used his powers to help save the remaining members of The Resistance and inspire their faith in Rey, he allowed himself to finally rest, and disappeared into thin air.

It seemed like this would be the end of Luke Skywalker's journey, but it's no accident that Yoda came back from the dead to guide Luke through The Last Jedi. If the Jedi Master was able to guide Luke after death, maybe Luke will be able to do the same for Rey. Her training was very limited, so she'll need a bit more help in order to help save the galaxy in Episode IX.

The likelihood of Luke returning for Episode IX also seems even higher in the wake of Carrie Fisher's death. The next sequel was supposed to be a big one for Leia, but Fisher' death a year ago will prevent the beloved character from getting a proper ending. And since Han died in The Force Awakens, it would be bummer for the threequel not to contain any of the trio of original characters.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters now, and Solo: A Star Wars Story will arrive May 25, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

Corey Chichizola

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.