“That Luke is so changed a person presented Johnson with rich narrative opportunities. The Last Jedi is to a large extent about the relationship between Luke and Rey, but Johnson cautions against any “one-to-one correlation” between, say, Yoda’s tutelage of young Luke in The Empire Strikes Back and old Luke’s tutelage of Rey. ‘There’s a training element to it,’ he said, ‘but it’s not exactly what you would expect.’ This being the spoiler-averse world of Lucasfilm, the production company behind the Star Wars movies, that’s about as specific as the director is willing to get.“
Rian Johnson once again pushing Key Relationship™ with Luke & Rey, whoops!
I guess I saw it as the job of this middle chapter to challenge all of those characters—let’s see what happens if we knock the stool out from under them.
In drawing up his screenplay, [Rian Johnson] decided to raise the stakes further. “I started by writing the names of each of the characters,” he said, “and thinking, what’s the hardest thing they could be faced with?” (x)
So much of the Star Wars aesthetic is rooted in sandy desolation and scrapyard blight; it appealed to Johnson to carve out a corner of the galaxy that is the complete opposite. “I was thinking, O.K., let’s go ultra-glamour. Let’s create a playground, basically, for rich assholes,” he said.
What she means:
Where is the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi? The first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released in November. It's March. Lucasfilm, where are you hiding? What are you waiting for, Rian? Do you know how many problems in my life a trailer would fix right now? All I want is a single line from Luke Skywalker to purify my soul.