'Last Jedi' Director Rian Johnson Weighs in on That Dark Side Luke Theory


Some Star Wars fans fully expect Luke Skywalker to follow in his father’s footsteps in Star Wars The Last Jedi*. They seem to think that the tragedies of Luke’s past have grown to be too much for him to handle and that he’s given into his fear and anger once and for all.

Will Rey’s new mentor turn into her greatest villain?Last Jedi director Rian Johnson knows the answer, but he’s having too much fun watching all of you guess.

Johnson weighed in the internet’s current favorite Star Wars theory — that classic hero Luke will go Dark side — when The Hollywood Reporter asked Johnson his thoughts. Of course, Johnson couldn’t say too much; hence, his non-answer.

“Having been a Star Wars fan myself for the past 40 years, having spent most of my life on the other side of the curtain, I know the anticipation and the guesswork and theorizing is all part of the fun and game of it,” Johnson said in an interview published Friday. “So I love it. I love seeing what people are thinking, seeing what they’re guessing, seeing what they’re anticipating.”

When asked how The Last Jedi “recontextualizes” past movies, Johnson said: “Each new film hopefully recontextualizes what came before it. That’s part of the game. Yes, it’s a continuation of not only The Force Awakens, but also of the legacy leading up to it.”


Johnson, a life-long Star Wars fan, clearly enjoys the way that fans are talking about his film online — but just because everyone’s talking about it doesn’t mean it’s the truth. Fans will most likely have to wait until The Last Jedi premieres to get any real answers.

Johnson sure isn’t giving anything up in the meantime.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres in theaters on December 15.

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