So how was your Easter weekend, and how much of it did you spend re-watching the Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser again, and again (and again, and again, and again)? Probably a few times, and then there were long, contemplative periods thinking about the line, “It’s time for the Jedi to end.” What does that mean? Was Luke serious, or was he caught in a moment of self-doubt? Or perhaps he’s – gasp – turned to the Dark Side! Well, Mark Hamill knows from where you speak, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to shed any new meaning on the line he’s heard to utter in that teaser.
In an interview with ABC following his appearance at Star Wars Celebration, Hamill said he got caught off guard by the line too when he first read the script, but like any good Jedi, he urges patience amongst fans to wait and see what it all means.
“There’s a difference between teaser and a trailer,” Hamill explained. “A teaser is supposed to show you dynamic images that heighten your awareness and make you want to see the trailer, but avoid all story points if at all possible. [But] I think that’s the only story point that’s in the teaser, which is Luke saying it’s time for the Jedi to end. It was as shocking to me to read what Rian [Johnson, the director] had written as I’m sure it will be for the audience.”
One of the most persistent rumours about the new film is that Rey might turn to the Dark Side of the Force, perhaps after being shunned by Luke who seems to have no interest in bringing back the Jedi, which would be quite the blow for Rey who’s looking for some place in the universe where she fits in. As for Luke’s chances of following his father’s journey down the dark path, all Hamill will say is, “It’s possible, anything’s possible.”
Yes it is. Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be in theatres everyone on December 15.