The Last Jedi will arrive in theaters in just a couple of weeks, and one of the things that most excites fans is the return of Luke Skywalker to the big screen.
He had a brief cameo in The Force Awakens but didn’t say a line, so this film will be the first time in over three decades that fans will hear the legendary Jedi speak once again. But he’s not the same person we last met at the end of Return of the Jedi, as this Luke has thirty years of experience and heartbreak and difficulty and who knows what else. So now he’s in self-imposed exile on Ahch-To, and the movie picks up with Rey having found him and trying to recruit him back into the fight.
Luke doesn’t seem particularly happy to be found, however.
A behind-the-scenes clip has recently been showing as part of a Noovie pre-movie feature in select theaters, and it features a short clip of dialogue from The Last Jedi:
After some behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Rian Johnson, Daisy Ridley, and Mark Hamill, we see a shot of Rey and Chewbacca standing together with Rey saying, “We need your help.” Then we see a shot of Luke Skywalker saying, “you think I came to the most unfindable place in the galaxy for no reason at all?”
This certainly isn’t their first dialogue in the film, as Rey is with Chewbacca (who didn’t initially make the trek up the mountain at the end of The Force Awakens) and appear to be in the midst of the village with stone huts. Similarly, the shot of Luke shows him in his darker outfit and looks to be in front of another stone structure. I don’t think these two shots are actually together in the movie and I think there’s important dialogue that we’re missing to this conversation, but it’s still very interesting.
Basically, it seems that Luke had a very good reason for going to Ahch-To, at least in his mind. Whether that’s because there’s something on Ahch-To he was searching for (the first Jedi Temple) or simply because he didn’t want to cause any more damage or hurt, it seems that Luke feels very justified in his reasoning for being on the remote planet. And that might make it harder for Rey to convince him to get back into the fight.