We all know that Star Wars Episode 8 has been titled “The Last Jedi”, but there is still a great deal of rumors about aspects of the film, some more interesting than others. Here is a run-down of some of the more interesting ones I’ve seen.
- Finn becomes a spy. Though he was last seen in a Bacta tank recovering from his injuries, he will sneak aboard a Super Star Destroyer of the First Order to plant explosives. He disguises himself as an officer to do it and apparently his luck holds true as he runs across a stormtrooper who knew him as FN-2187 jeopardizing the mission. He will be accompanied by Kelly Marie Tran’s unknown character.
- Rey and Kylo Ren are somehow connected. While it is not yet clear how, Disney has changed the character descriptions on their official site to include a line about their “sharing a strange connection.” What this connection is of course is a subject of their own rumors most notably that Rey is Han Solo’s illegitimate daughter.
- The Last Jedi refers to Luke Skywalker. Not a big spoiler on this one since he is called “the last jedi” in the title crawl of The Force Awakens. Seems pretty much a sure thing he is and that the film will revolve around him.
- Rey is Luke’s daughter. This one has been circulating for a while now and since Star Wars is supposedly centered on the Skywalker family, seems like it may be true. It would explain how Luke’s lightsaber called out to her and her natural ability in The Force. Part of me thinks this one is too obvious though and of course begs the question – who is her mother?
- The backstory of the Knights of Ren and Kylo Ren is central to the plot of Star Wars 8.
- Maz Kanata stole Luke’s lightsaber from Kylo Ren which will be revealed in the movie.
- Rey loses a hand. Some reports from the set in Ireland say that Daisy Ridley wore a green-screen sleeve for much of the shoot. Ridley has said she suffers an injury in the movie which makes it appear she may loose a hand echoing both Anakin and Luke Skywalker’s loss. Personally I hope not as it seems way too similar.
- There will be a major fight between Kylo, Rey and Luke. Adam Driver was spotted filming scenes with Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill though no word if light sabers were involved.
- Laura Dern will play a Resistance general. Apparently she takes over after a attempted assassination of Leia. It is suggested Dern has a shared history with Leia, perhaps a childhood friend from Organa.
- Leia has a major role in 8 and 9. Fortunately Carrie Fisher had completed her scenes in Episode 8 before her tragic death, but her role was also planned to be big in Episode 9. Disney has stated they will not recreate her as a 3D character, so her role is apparently being re-written for both films.
We will have to wait until December 2017 to know if any of these rumors pan out.