Mark Hamill & Rian Johnson Talk Luke & Leia In The Last Jedi
21 Nov. 2017

Mark Hamill & Rian Johnson Talk Luke & Leia In The Last Jedi

Entertainment Weekly continues their coverage on “The Last Jedi” today with an emotional piece about Luke and Leia and their strong connection, as well as their need for each other in the film.

The article brings out that since Leia will no longer be a leader of the Resistance, she turns her attention toward a more personal mission. That being about her son Ben Solo, and her brother Luke.

As for Luke, the article says “he feels he has lost his own sense of direction. He is a man broken by disappointment, who believes his decisions only led to death and suffering. He doesn’t think he can help Rey. He needs some guidance himself.” And that needed guidance just might come from his sister Leia.

For more on Luke and Leia in “The Last Jedi,” here is what Mark Hamill and Director Rian Johnson told Entertainment Weekly:

“Luke longs to have that extended family that he established in the original trilogies, but now he’s at a place in his life and in his history where he’s shunned all of that,” Mark Hamill says. “The big question is why didn’t he respond to Leia during [The Force Awakens]? There’s a lot of things you can’t answer until you see this movie.”

The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson says their shared history is an even stronger connection than shared DNA. They are family, but even before learning that, these characters had become a found-family.

“It was only at the end of Jedi that they became of aware of this bond,” he says. “The real bond is that they’re Luke and Leia. They’ve gone through this adventure together. They’ve been through some rough stuff together.”

Whether they actually get that reunion in The Last Jedi isn’t a given, though. “It’s nice seeing them on the cover though. Even if all we have is that,” Johnson says.


I have no doubt that the most emotional beats in “The Last Jedi” will come from Luke and Leia. And even though Rian Johnson wont confirm that we’ll see them together in the film, I strongly believe that we will see that, and will be an emotional, but fitting goodbye to Carrie Fisher as Leia.

Be sure to check out the full article over at Entertainment Weekly for some moving words from Mark Hamill about he and Carrie Fisher.

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