Rian Johnson has spent much of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi 's post-release period defending the choices he made in the story. This includes explaining how he came by the method for Luke Skywalker's last stand. As it turns out, the book The Jedi Path, which Johnson himself displayed to Twitter recently, doesn't just defend his use of the ability, it was actually the place where he discovered that the idea already existed. The writer and director says that he already had an idea to do something along those lines, but he knew he was on the right track when he happened upon the book in question. According to Johnson...
Sometimes, everything just falls into place, and it looks like that's exactly what happened to Rian Johnson. He told the Slashcast Podcast that he was already leaning toward an idea like Force projection because he needed a scene that would have Luke Skywalker "hand Kylo his lunch," but at the same time, Kylo Ren needed to survive the encounter. Figuring out how to balance these two things was necessary, but Johnson hadn't yet convinced himself that a physical projection would work. When he found a previous source that already described what he needed, it felt like the answer was being handed to him.
To be honest, I've sat in that lobby before, and there is absolutely something magical about it. Of course, Rian Johnson felt something special in that moment, that place does that to you.
Many fans have taken issue with the idea of Force projection because the current Star Wars canon does not suggest that such a thing is possible before we see it at the end of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. While that is absolutely true, it's also the case that new Force abilities have seemingly popped into existence as needed since the beginning. This power, at least, isn't entirely the creation of one rogue writer.
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