If (like me) you are one of those people who likes to go into movies knowing absolutely nothing about them, you were foolish to click on this article and I strongly urge you to click away before your perfect viewing experience is ruined.
Unfortunately for me, this job dictates that I must constantly spoil things for myself for your benefit, and I have already sullied my future viewing experience by eking out a few neat little tidbits from ‘The Last Jedi‘ director Rian Johnson on the upcoming new instalment in the ‘Star Wars‘ franchise.
At this stage, the info is incredibly sparse, but, hey, it’s ‘Star Wars‘ – we will take what we can get and we will bloody love it.
Johnson has given us a little more background on the weird red-dust, salt-lake lookin’ planet that features briefly but eye-poppingly in the teaser, which I will post here again so you can bask in its warmth for a little while:
In an interview with ‘Entertainment Weekly‘, Johnson told us the planet is named Crait (drawn, obviously, from the lovely George Lucas tradition of naming things common nouns but just spelling them weird) and is the site of an old Rebel base that will end up “playing a key role in the movie” as the Resistance deals with a “very pressing and immediate threat“:
“It’s way out there. It’s very remote. It’s uncharted. It’s a mineral planet and so there are mines on it.”
More important than trivia about planetary set pieces, though, is some clarity about the syntax of the title – is “Jedi” singular or plural? In much the same way that an adorable and hypothetical film called ‘The Last Sheep‘ could be about many sheep, we are left with a singular ambiguity with ‘The Last Jedi‘.
A person might reasonably suppose that the last Jedi in question are Rey and Luke, but Johnson has specified that, no, it’s just the one Jedi. Again, a reasonably inclined person might assume that the last Jedi would be Rey, seeing as she’s just beginning her training, but that person would also be wrong – it’s Luke:
“In my mind, it’s singular. They say in The Force Awakens that he’s going to find the last Jedi temple, and Luke is the last Jedi.”
There you have it, folks: the question that has been keeping you awake at night, finally answered. Only like 8 months to go until the movie comes out, hooray!