Yep, you read that right. Before we get into the juicy Star Wars goodness, let’s recap. Just two weeks ago, production began on Star Wars: Episode VIII, which was announced by a small teaser announcement trailer involving director Rian Johnson and stars Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley. While many enjoyed it and thought of it just as an announcement video, others put it under a microscope because of the footage that was shown. We got to see none other than Luke Skywalker himself and Rey in a very familiar scene. In fact, it is that scene from the final moments of The Force Awakens, just at a different angle. Whaaaat?
Over the weekend Daisy Ridley attended the 88th annual Academy Awards and while venturing down the red carpet, she had a quick little chat with MTV regarding the production of Episode VIII. Again, the video I spoke about above showed Ridley’s Rey meeting Hamill’s Skywalker for the first time on the mysterious planet of Ach-To, as she holds out his old lightsaber towards him. In the interview, Ridley talks about that video, that scene and seems to answer a question we’ve been asking since the opening of The Force Awakens:
Me and Mark [Hamill] have been rehearsing a lot, and it’s really amazing. When we went back to Skellig to do the opening of VIII, it was so crazy doing the same scene with a different crew of people. He’s amazing to rehearse with, and I’m very excited to be doing the rest of the stuff.
Did you catch that? “…it was crazy doing the same scene with a different crew of people.” Now this has not been confirmed by Disney or Lucasfilm, but Ridley seems to confirm that Episode VIII will in fact pick up directly from those closing moments of The Force Awakens. Why is this such a big deal? It has never happened in the history of Star Wars. Every film in the franchise to this point has had at least two years between them, with the the longest being a decade. Yes, there may be an eventual time jump in Episode VIII, but now we know that we will get to see that conversation between these two characters, which we were just left there hanging with as The Force Awakens ended.
Now that we have an answer to one of the bigger questions about Episode VIII, we now look at some of the other big questions revolving around the sequel. Who is Rey? Who are her parents? What has Luke Skywalker been up to this entire time? How different is he from the last time we saw him? How strong is he? Still many questions to be answered, but one thing is for sure, it’s a damn exciting time to be a Star Wars fan!
Although this is a change for the franchise, it seems to be fitting for the storytelling, which is the only way it’ll work. Personally, I love the idea and think it’ll be very interesting. And like I said above, there could very well be a time jump right after we see that conversation, but as long as we get to see those first words spoken between Luke and Rey. How about you? What do you think of this news? Would you rather Episode VIII stick to tradition or do you want to see that first conversation? Sound off below!