It’s not the mystery you were looking for.
“Star Wars” director Rian Johnson revealed the identity of the last Jedi in the upcoming movie, and it’s exactly who fans guessed: Luke Skywalker.
“It’s in the opening crawl of ‘The Force Awakens.’ Luke Skywalker, right now, is the last Jedi,” Johnson told the New York Times.
“There’s always wiggle room in these movies — everything is from a certain point of view — but coming into our story, he is the actual last of the Jedi. And he’s removed himself and is alone on this island, for reasons unknown.”
“Episode VII” did, in fact, give away the secret: “Luke Skywalker has vanished. In his absence, the sinister First Order has risen from the ashes of the Empire, and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi, has been destroyed,” read the opening scroll from J.J. Abrams’ 2015 movie.
But fans weren’t satisfied with such a simple solution, even after Luke’s voice can be heard in the movie trailer saying “It’s time for the Jedi to end.”
“It sounds pretty dire,” Johnson told the New York Times.
“That’s something that we’re definitely going to dig into. The heart of the movie is Luke and Rey. It follows all the other characters, but its real essence is the development of the two of them. And it’s absolutely tied up in that question of, What is Luke’s attitude toward the Jedi?”
“The Last Jedi,” starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie and Andy Serkis, hits theaters Dec. 15.