Rian Johnson talked to Entertainment Weekly about the favor he asked Abrams, when it comes to that last scene with Rey (Daisy Ridley) meeting up with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and handing him his lightsaber. We know that scene will carry over into Johnson's "The Last Jedi," so it's understandable that he wanted some input on the details -- or at least one detail, to include Luke's old buddy R2-D2 instead of new droid BB-8.
"The big [favor] was, I asked if R2 could come with Rey, and if BB-8 could stay behind with the Resistance. 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?'"
So "The Last Jedi" will reunite Luke with his original "Star Wars" buddy R2, while BB-8 will hang with his own buddy, pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac).
In case you were concerned, Johnson also assured EW that Luke Skywalker is central to the story of Episode VIII:
"Figuring out where his head was at was the very first thing I had to do when writing the movie. 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."
We definitely need answers on why Luke says, in the trailer, that it's time for the Jedi to end. Answers will arrive when "The Last Jedi" is released in theaters on December 15.
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