Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

The Last Jedi: Rian Johnson Defends Luke's New Force Powers

The Last Jedi: Rian Johnson Defends Luke's New Force Powers

In today's most obvious news, composer John Williams confirmed to Variety that he will score the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode IX".

The Luke Skywalker we see at the beginning of The Last Jedi has rejected the Force, so to have him showing off one of two things he learned from Yoda (the other: backflips) would have changed the movie entirely.

Rian Johnson responded to a Twitter exchange between Bungie project leader Mark Noseworthy and /Film head Peter Sciretta.

"[Luke] is basically tailoring this projection to have maximum effect on Kylo", he explained.

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African National Congress secretary general Ace Magashule briefs the media at the Absa Stadium in East London, on 12 January 2018. He said Ramaphosa would elaborate on this contentious issue when he delivered the statement on Saturday.

That actually makes a good deal of sense.

Last year, Mark Hamill set off a flurry of speculation when he told Empire Magazine there was a big, last-minute adjustment to the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, that would have changed something about the then-upcoming Last Jedi.

We see the Force perform acts of telekinesis but it also allows for mental manipulation. Noseworthy laid out how Luke's powers are foreshadowed by Snoke bridging Rey and Kylo, while Sciretta thought that the appearance of the last-minute astral projection came out of the blue. The truth is, we see the lightsaber split in half, Kylo sees a blinding flash of light and is knocked unconscious, and then Rey takes the lightsaber away before he wakes up. This will probably be explored over the next couple of years as Star Wars 9 nears completion.

The Last Jedi is marching on at the global box office and is still dividing fans between those that loved it and those that are straight up offended by it. However, during an interview with IGN that was published on Wednesday, Johnson revealed there was a very good reason behind the decision. That doesn't mean we're going to start shouting them from the rooftops, but it does mean we can start talking about them a little less cautiously out in the open, and that's exactly what the Lucasfilm Story Group just did.

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