Star Wars fans who’ve seen J.J. Abram’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens already had their broke their hearts over Han Solo’s (Harrison Ford) painful departure from the franchise however it seems like audiences are still going to feel the smuggler’s influence in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Speaking in an interview with Entertainment Weekly last week, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson decided to talk about how the “figurative ghost” of Solo would be present in the sequel trilogy installment, explaining that the character’s death would be one of the driving forces for Rey (Daisy Ridley).
“Han, the ghost of — well, not literally. I don’t want to misguide. I have to be very careful with my words here. But a figurative ghost of Han had to be present throughout this entire film.”
Han served as Rey’s father figure in The Force Awakens, and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) stole that away from her when he decided to murder his own father to complete his passage to the Dark Side. Ridley explained to the publication that Han’s death actually makes her conflict with Ren more personal.
“She just doesn’t understand Kylo. When all she wanted was parents, why would a person who has parents do that? It’s so beyond comprehension, it’s ridiculous. So she has grief for the loss and then there’s anger. To be honest, she couldn’t understand doing something like that – let alone to your parents.”
Meanwhile, Ren will be grudging over the fact that Rey had surpassed him in the lightsaber battle on the erupting Starkiller Base in The Force Awakens. It’s definitely going to be interesting watching Rey and Ren meet again in The Last Jedi.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits cinemas December 15, 2017.
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