Star Wars: Episode 8 Director Rian Johnson on Rey, Luke Skywalker, and the Film’s Opening Scene

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The opening scene will show Rey and Luke’s first confrontation.

Star Wars: Episode VIII will pick up right where The Force Awakens left off, with Rey confronting Luke Skywalker on that remote island.

While speaking to USA Today, Episode VIII director and writer Rian Johnson explained that he has no desire to skip ahead a few years after Rey and Luke’s first meeting. Johnson wants to see and show “the very next moment of what happens” after Rey approaches Luke with his lightsaber.

Johnson also revealed that most of Episode VIII will be about the relationship between Rey and Luke and the specific ways they relate to each other. The film will address exactly why Luke went into hiding on the mysterious island of Ahch-To, while Rey will be dealing with her newfound powers and strong connection to the Force.

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“She’s taking her first step to coming to terms with this thing inside her that she never knew was there and is just starting to reveal its potential,” Johnson said.

Star Wars: Episode VIII hits theaters December 15, 2017.

Kylo Ren actor Adam Driver recently shared how Episode VIII will explore Ren’s “humanity” and terrorism. Driver has been praising Johnson’s filmmaking, and compared Episode VIII’s script to The Empire Strikes Back.

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