EW’s third piece on The Last Jedi zeroes its sights on Rey and Luke and how the two will interact with each other on Ahch-to, and apparently Old Luke isn’t a fan of being found. In fact, he more or less is the complete opposite of the hero Rey heard about for most of her life, and wants nothing to do with her and his past. He’s a very broken man at this point, and is questioning his life choices and his dedication to the Force, which is why we heard him speak that now iconic line in the film’s firs trailer.
His cold reaction to Rey really hurts her at first, and just reinforces her abandonment issues, which she’s faced all her life until she met Finn, Han, Chewie, BB-8, and General Leia. Unfortunately for her, their mutual friend Luke isn’t the hero she thought, and he treats her like an annoyance due to his depression and self-loathing. Ridley proclaimed that, “’Oh my God, this other man (Han) that I lost within a couple days was somewhat of a father figure. Now he’s gone, and instead I’m with this grumpy guy on an island who doesn’t want me here.’” So it really does seem like Luke is an angry disenfranchised hermit, which will be a shock to all of Star Wars Nation considering how upbeat and positive he was the last time we saw him in action in The Return of the Jedi.
The article goes on to tease the Luke may indeed know who Rey is, but that her lone plea will not be enough to get him out of exile because he still strongly believes that him rejoining the fight is more detrimental than him remaining in exile. According to Hamill Luke now doubts his own connection to the Force. “[Luke] made a huge mistake in thinking that his nephew was the chosen one, so he invested everything he had in Kylo, much like Obi-Wan did with my character,” Hamill says. “And he is betrayed, with tragic consequences. Luke feels responsible for that. That’s the primary obstacle he has to rejoining the world and his place in the Jedi hierarchy, you know? It’s that guilt, that feeling that it’s his fault, that he didn’t detect the darkness in him until it was too late.”
According to Hamill he explored Luke’s past to help him get into this mindset because he had to know what could cause Luke to start to think this way. It doesn’t sound like we will get a ton of backstory on him, but through Rey’s past we may start to put the pieces together for the both of them. If anything else, the theme with Luke will be conflict in The Last Jedi, and a lot of it, so I can’t wait to see how his thread plays out, even more so than the new characters.
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