Remember a couple years ago when Lucasfilm announced all the directors for the whole new trilogy of films that would usher in a new generation of characters along with the old?
JJ Abrams was announced first, then Rian Johnson and after the huge success of Jurassic World, director Colin Trevorrow was to helm the finale of the new trilogy.
Then late last year Lucasfilm announced that they parted ways with Trevorrow over “creative differences”.
At the time no one knew what those differences were, until now. There has been some word that the main reason Trevorrow was let go was due to the fact that his ideas for both Luke Skywalker and Star Wars clashed with Rian Johnson and Kathleen Kennedy.
And who gave us this hint, not other than Luke himself, Mark Hamill.
Remember late last year after the backlash that The Last Jedi received Hamill in an interview revealed that Johnson’s portrayal of Luke Skywalker was not his Luke Skywalker? He even went on to say that he was supposed to have a grander ending in the Force Awakens.
“When we were doing [The Force Awakens], Rian said, ‘We might have boulders floating to show your Force emanating’, so I was led to believe that I still had the Force and it was really strong in me,” Hamill said. “When I read [The Last Jedi] before [The Force Awakens] came out, I said ‘what?!” and called JJ [Abrams] or Rian [Johnson] to say, ‘Are you guys aware of this? Have you seen a cut? Is there floating boulders?’ And they said, ‘No, we caught that and we worked it all out.'”
Well now in a new interview from a German outlet, Hamill explained what Trevorrow’s idea for Luke was for Episode IX and why he was on board with it.
The changes in the directors have been hard for me because I admire Phil so much. I admire Chris so much. I admire Colin, and their body of work. But again, it’s got to be real difficult to come to a meeting of minds on something this massive. I had discussions with Colin. I was very excited because we were on the same page in terms of where we wanted to go and how we wanted to see Luke in a way that we never seen him. Even in this current version. But I don’t know what went on. I don’t want to know because there is no upside to that story. I like all those people. I like Kathy, and I like Lawrence Kasdan and all the people involved in that decision, but sometimes ignorance is bliss. And they don’t tell me anything [laughs].
Does this mean that Johnson had a different outcome for Luke since Trevorrow had a set vision that even Hamill loved? Did Kathleen Kennedy hate it so much that she changed his outcome?
Even a certain Redditor chimed in on the Colin Trevorrow situation:
There were two key things Trevorrow wanted to be changed – and they were not minor. These two things have been known for a while around Disney. Firstly, he wanted Luke to still be alive in 9. He strongly disagreed with killing Luke off in 8 when he had just been re-introduced. Luke and Leia were to be a pivotal part of his script, with Leia’s Force affinity revealed in a much more brother/sister way that was apparently going to be “beautiful and tragic”. Mark Hamill loved it. “We were on the same page,” as he’s said about Trevorrow’s storyline. However, Kennedy and Johnson wanted Luke dead – period. Second, he wanted Snoke to live, as his back story was to be more discussed. Fisher dying scuttled his original plan for the Leia Force affinity reveal, of course. But he still needed Luke alive for the story he wanted to tell to end the trilogy – more of a Luke handing off the baton to Rey and a Luke “walking off into the sunset” idea, in the last film – rather than Luke dying in 8. They refused. He argued. They fired him.
Well damn. This changes everything. Imagine if Luke would have lived. Imagine more Snoke.
It will be interesting to see what JJ does with episode IX, maybe he’ll change some of Johnson’s mistakes and finally give us the fans what we really want, a perfect conclusion for our childhood.