Star Wars: The Last Jedi Director Asked For A Change To The Force Awakens' Ending

Rian Johnson asked JJ Abrams to do him a solid.

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THIS STORY CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

Star Wars: The Force Awakens could have had a slightly different ending. In the original script, it was BB-8 who accompanied Rey to the island where Luke was living, according to EW. However, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson asked The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams if he could swap droids.

Abrams agreed, and it ends up being R2-D2 instead of BB-8 that makes the journey.

"The big [favor] was, I asked if R2 could come with Rey, and if BB-8 could stay behind with the Resistance," he explained. "Originally, it was BB-8 who went with Rey, which makes sense for the story in a way. But I asked, 'Can you do me this solid and switch the droids?'"

Also in the EW interview, Johnson spoke about how Luke's story will be essential to The Last Jedi. The "entire movie" explores the reasons why Luke left to go live on the island, Ahch-To.

"Figuring out where his head was at was the very first thing I had to do when writing the movie," Johnson said. "I had to crack this. And it had to be something for me that first and foremost made sense. Why did Luke Skywalker go off to this island? That was the starting point, and that's what the entire movie explores."

You can read the full interview here at EW.

The Last Jedi arrives in theaters on December 15, 2017. It stars Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Laura Dern, Domhnall Gleeson, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis.

The identity of Rey's parents has been the subject of much speculation ever since The Force Awakens was released in 2015. In a recent interview, Last Jedi director Ryan Johnson confirmed that the new movie would deal with this. "It's something that is absolutely going to be addressed," he said.

In Star Wars video game news, EA's Star Wars: Battlefront II launches in November.

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lfebaggins

Should've asked to change the whole movie.

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Rodro

Hope they learn from rogue one, that movie was the star wars we deserved.

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lfebaggins

@timmyp1982: No. The Force Awakens was absolutely terrible.

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suprsolider

@rodro:

No, that movie was complete shit and as far as I am concerned it's not canon. Any Disney Star Wars in my opinion and head canon is NOT CANON.

Disney is just milking Star Wars now. Star Wars ended at Episode 6 Return of the Jedi, Anakin got redeemed since the whole story was about him anyway, everyone lived in peace since the Galaxy was free from Palpatine, The End.

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Isamu_36

@suprsolider: The Ewoks are canonical too?

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nparks

In the second installment of the Star Wars trilogy, the protagonist, a young, promising, but inexperienced Jedi will travel to a remote planet to meet with a legendary, but reclusive, Jedi Master who has not been seen in a long time. The Master will have deep reservations about training a new Jedi, especially one so old, but will be convinced that they are the best hope to stop the evil of The Dark Side from conquering the galaxy. The protagonist will grow in both power and understanding as they learn to master The Force and confront their own personal demons, fighting the alluring pull of The Dark Side.

Meanwhile, our protagonist's friends and their ragtag group of fighters will suffer a setback in their fight against the seemingly unstoppable galactic power led by a deformed master of the Dark Side and his black-masked apprentice. This power, obsessed with locating and acquiring the protagonist, will seek out the compatriots instead, and the threat they pose will force our protagonist to return from training, perhaps too soon, to save them and any hope for a brighter future for the galaxy.

And maybe somebody loses a hand; just sayin', that's usually fun. In the end, the heroes will gain a Pyrrhic victory tainted by loss, but mostly survive to fight on against The Dark Side, preserving hope despite the overwhelming strength of their adversary.

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el_swanno

@nparks: God help us if you're right.

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Isamu_36

@nparks: Is The Empire Strikes Back being re-released in cinemas?

OMG.
OMG.
OMG.

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suprsolider

@e-matic:

**** off

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yukushi

These movies are just a cheap pimping of the star wars brand, these days its all about money nobody cares about legacy and greatness anymore.

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march202002

He should have asked for a change to the whole move: "could you please not have made it suck...? oh you have to?"

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runstalker

@march202002I don't care if it was a completely different franchise with different names for key characters, worlds, special powers, etc. - the fact is, on a scale of "actually not a good movie to actually quite a well-assembled film" Force Awakens was clearly a good sci-fi flick. I'm really not too hung-up on legacy when we're this far removed from the originals. It was an entertaining film with accomplished action, excellent effects, solid writing and competent acting. :

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SlenderTony

@runstalker: Solid writing? LMAO. Where is this solid writing? Oh you must have heard that on rotten tomatoes so must be true...

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runstalker

@slendertonyRotten Tomatoes doesn't write reviews. They are an aggregate review site that assembles the reviews and scores of many different outlets with many different perspectives. When I want a good sample set of opinions, I visit each site I personally deem credible and gather a range of perspectives.

When people say, "I read suchandsuch on Metacritic/Rotten Tomatoes" that doesn't really help anyone unless they can highlight specific reviews and thoughts from one or more of the collected outlets..:

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Bread_or_Decide

It's pretty self evident that the jedi are crap at what they do. Luke finally realized it after he watched the prequels and saw that no one figured out who palpatine was and how they blatantly trained a boy who was going to destroy them all.

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Isamu_36

@Bread_or_Decide: "Luke finally realized it after he watched the prequels" If Luke watched the prequels, that's some avant-garde meta cinema "stuff" going on.

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Rufus_the_rat

@Bread_or_Decide: Well people in multiple civilizations/countries through history have blatantly elected the leader who ended up destroying them all, so I guess that's just human nature, Jedi or not.

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dvdjedi

@Rufus_the_rat:

It's happening right now in the good old US of A.

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PrpleTrtleBuBum

@dvdjedi: Yeah the Trump thing mocks the whole subtle conspiracy plot of Star Wars. If Trump won then surely Emperor could have won by being the tyrannic jackass in the very beginning. Just say that the droids are an issue we need to build a wall against.

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Noshotskill

I'm guessing there will be an important point in the movie where R2 will be needed. I hate saying this guys, but R2 may bite the dust in this one. One last time he saves the protagonist and goes out a hero.

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Isamu_36

@noshotskill: R2-D2 is a Skywalkers' royal servant (on Padme's side). Once every member of the family is gone, it should be gone with them too; the same would apply to C3-PO.

The Skywalkers are a monarch family, pretty much like the pharaohs and they were buried with their possessions together with their servants, who were alive in several occasions.

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PrpleTrtleBuBum

@noshotskill: The guy crying on him scene will be either the most epic or the most awkward movie scene ever. Big risk with that idea.

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TruthSerum808

I don't think it's too much of a stretch to say that Luke probably said to himself "f' it all...just f' everything" when Kylo flipped out after falling to the dark side, which ended up with Luke's entire Jedi training class being dead. Hell, Luke might have had to kill them all himself if Kylo turned them all to the dark side.

So after all of that on top of his own dad turning to the dark side and wrecking half the galaxy Luke probably thinks being a high level force user is too dangerous for most people to control and more trouble than it's worth.

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EdwardNygma

No matter what ending nothing could save that trainwreck copycat of a film. Rey is easily one of the worst Star Wars characters ever. She could give Jar Jar a run for his money.

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megagood2345

@edwardnygma: The only people I've found who don't like Rey are ones who still have some oddly strong reaction to strong female leads. She's awesome.

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EdwardNygma

@megagood2345: If by "strong female leads" you mean "Mary Sue character that has no reason to have the powers she does or logic applied to how she learned it" then yes you are correct.

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nparks

@edwardnygma: As opposed to Luke Skywalker, who learned the force with maybe a couple days of lessons under Obi-Wan on The Falcon, then mastered it after spending another week or two with Yoda? The problem with Rey is that she's just a mashup of Luke and Leia, with a dash of Anakin and Padme, and there's nothing new or original about her. Like the old saying goes, fool me with one plot-hole, shame on you. Fool me with the same plot-hole and...you can't get fooled again.

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gnube

@edwardnygma: People like you are easily one of the worse characters ever. So sick of hearing how TFA did not meet your whiny expectations. Face it the SW EU was really really bad and nobody with an above average IQ wanted Disney to copy it. Every novel I read there had crappy plots, bad writing, and bad character development. TFA was hands down better than any EU novel ever published. Go watch and jerk off to Harry Potter. Most of us loved TFA as proven by the money it made worldwide...

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suprsolider

@gnube:

I don't give a **** about the old EU.

Star Wars ended at 6. The last movie that was needed was Episode 3 since Lucas for some stupid ass reason decided to call the sequel to Star Wars, Episode V, which was DUMB. Should have been Episode 2 and yet get the idea.

So by 2005, the saga of Anakin Skywalker was done and Star Wars IS THE STORY OF ANAKIN SKYWALKER, IT ALWAYS WAS BTW, just because you are too fucking dumb to realize 4,5,6 was about Ani doesn't mean some of us weren't. The End.

Now Star Wars is being tricked out like a cheap hooker and it annoys me to death. This whole reboot,remake and unnecessary sequel culture is getting god damn old and IT NEEDS TO STOP NOW.

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EdwardNygma

@gnube: LOL! Right. I am sure it had nothing to do with the Star Wars name. The plot to TFA is completely recycled from the original movies. You do know that right? It's not original or even a good copy. It made money because it was Star Wars. Period.

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Bread_or_Decide

@edwardnygma: Hyperbole thy friend is the internet.

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Fursnake

@edwardnygma:

She was not as bad as Jar Jar by far, but her character in the final act of the movie did reek of fan fiction quality writing.

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Spaced92

@edwardnygma: She could have been done better but that's some strong hyperbole. IMO if she's done right in the next two movies she could easily be one of the series best characters. Having Ren lose the duel because he was injured was poorly done however, it's not just that Rey beat him, but Chewie also shot him and even Finn nicked him. He was just too shit despite showing amazing control with the force at the start, and the actor did an amazing job with the fight scenes.

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suprsolider

@spaced92:
Look people, we all know this movie Episode 8 is just going to completely copy Episode V.

Disney has already proven twice now that if you do nothing but fan service and pander to the dumb Star Wars fans, that they will make bank. They aren't going to change a damn thing, it's going to play out just like Empire with a few minor changes and called Episode 8. The it's going to go on and make tons of money because gullible Star Wars sheeps are too fucking dumb to use their brains and will accept anything with the name Star Wars.

Hell watch this. This shows how fucking DUMB fans truly are.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjVFmaKtksg

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suprsolider

@suprsolider:

@spaced92

Look the tide is already turning against Rogue One and Force Awakens. Just like they did with the prequels.

Everyone loved each of the prequels when they came out, then it sunk it that they were duped and were watching shit, then the hate came.

Same thing is happening again. It's funny how history repeats itself. People are waking up to Disney's shit and are starting to realize Disney fucked them.

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lionheartssj1

@spaced92: Yea, they completely neutered Ren by the end and Rey's power curve was wayyy off the charts. Somebody should've noticed that fan fiction before the screenplay went to print.

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Noshotskill

@lionheartssj1: Agreed, its my biggest complaint about the movie. Rey's character "awakens" way to many force powers in a very short period of time. Its one thing to let her use the force to grab the lightsaber, but the mind tricks, the memory reading, and lightsaber fighting was way to much. Especially when shes supposed to be fighting one of the strongest force users since Vader...

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Richardthe3rd

@noshotskill: it's the only hangup I have with the he movie. If they put something in with the green floaty guys coming to her at night and subliminally training her in that stuff, I don't know maybe it would work?

Her command of the force does need to be explained. If they can somehow manage that it would go a long way.

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Rufus_the_rat

@noshotskill: In all likelihood Rey is the second coming of the chosen one. The title "The Force Awakens" likely refers to Rey.

Making her the most powerful force user since Vader, or maybe ever.

She is literally the force personified. The force unleashed. Blah blah blah.

Yeah, it's really cheesy fan fiction, but then that's what people apparently crave.

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runstalker

@Rufus_the_ratI suppose she was already a trained fighter, although with a staff and not sword. Nonetheless, it wasn't her first rodeo with regards to melee combat. So if they spiked her force powers with a full-on hypnotic awakening (in the storage area under the bar) and we combine that with some fighting experience, I suppose her Ren battle isn't massively over-powered - despite her awakening scaling up rather quickly.:

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aaron25m

@runstalker: Well scaling up rather quickly is par for the course a lot these days. She probably used micro-transactions to do so...........

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runstalker

@aaron25m"Rey doesn't know how to play her character. She's pay to win!"

Har har.:

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gamingdevil800

I hope they don't cut scenes that were in the trailers again... They've done it twice now with the force awakens and Rogue One. It will be even more annoying if they cut out the Luke skywalker scenes again that were supposed to be in force awakens. (Jedi Temple on fire and he puts his hand on R2)

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Bread_or_Decide

@gamingdevil800: Didn't the hand on R2 appear in Rey's hallucination/dream sequence when the lightsaber called to her?

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eggs_benedict

@Bread_or_Decide: Yes, you're right. The scene gamingdevil800 is referencing was in the film as part of Rey's awakening flashback/vision.

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