‘Star Wars’: Rian Johnson Once Revealed an ‘Awful’ Idea He Had for ‘The Last Jedi’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Rian Johnson in front of a Star Wars poster

Director Rian Johnson made numerous controversial choices when he scripted Star Wars: The Last Jedi and he may need made yet another. Johnson considered making a serious character a secret robotic, nevertheless, he thought the concept was too foolish.

Rian Johnson in front of a Star Wars poster
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Rian Johnson’s’ ‘awful’ concepts for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

When he wrote The Last Jedi, Johnson needed to contemplate a serious query: Who are Rey’s dad and mom? The Force Awakens hinted they have been vital, however the movie by no means revealed their identities. Esquire says that whereas scripting The Last Jedi, Johnson created a doc the place he included each concept he had about Rey’s dad and mom — together with concepts he disliked.

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The trailer for The Last Jedi

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“I honestly listed everything I could think of,” Johnson recalled. “Even awful possibilities where I said, ‘This is not what we’re going to do.’ I mean the less silly one was, ‘Is she a clone?’ Anything that’s a theory on Reddit now I guarantee was listed on that document.” Johnson got here up with a sillier concept rooted in a small element in Luke Skywalker’s life.

“The silliest one was, ‘Is she a robot?,” Johnson continued. “Okay, we’ve seen a biomechanical realistic flesh hand on Luke, could the technology have advanced significantly in the 30 years, and then I just started laughing. Look forward to the ‘Rey was almost a robot’ headlines.”

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How the robotic twist can be precedented and unprecedented

Such a twist would have precedents. Star Wars has at all times been indebted to earlier science fiction movies. For instance, well-known sci-fi movies like The Stepford Wives, Alien, and Halloween III: Season of the Witch characteristic twists the place characters who look like human change into androids — humanoid robots. These characters, nevertheless, change into villains/managed by villains. Because of this, it might be slightly odd for a hero like Rey to be a secret android. 

In addition, Johnson can be breaking Star Wars custom by having a robotic protagonist. Some Star Wars materials has robotic protagonists — notably the animated collection Droids — however no theatrical Star Wars movie has. Also, androids are absent from the theatrical Star Wars movies. Rey would have been the primary robotic within the saga to appear like a human being.

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C-3PO and R2-D2 | Vince Bucci/Getty Images

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Where Rian Johnson’s final concept for Rey’s dad and mom got here from

Johnson’s final concept for Rey’s dad and mom — to make them look like nobodies — was rooted in a scene from The Empire Strikes Back. The movie incorporates probably the most well-known twists in historical past when Darth Vader reveals he’s Luke’s father. Johnson needed Rey to expertise the other of that second. In addition, he needed Rey to study one thing about her household which might be troublesome to just accept. Johnson’s script for The Last Jedi garnered loads of criticism from followers — however he did keep away from a twist he deemed too foolish.

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