If you’re like me, you read way too much into things. The ending to Star Wars: The Force Awakens always felt a bit off to me. No, I’m not talking about Luke Skywalker almost opening his mouth before the credits rolled, nor am I talking about R2-D2 waking up for no damn reason once all the battles had been fought. No, I wondered why it was that Rey took R2-D2 with her to the remote planet of Ach-To to find Luke Skywalker.
At least, that was my initial thought. In my mind, the droid that should have gone with her was BB-8 since he was around for the duration of the adventure she was on, and she hardly even knew R2. Of course, when I took an extra five seconds to think about it, the reason made sense. R2-D2 was a familiar face to Luke, and for all we knew, there could be something important R2 could do for Luke that no other droid could.
However, it turns out my initial instincts were spot-on. Speaking with EW, Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson revealed the real reason why R2-D2 went with Rey at the end of The Force Awakens.
“Yes … 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?’”
Obviously, J.J. Abrams did him that solid and switched the droids for him. We currently have no idea what plans Johnson has for R2-D2, but rest assured that the droid will do some important things going forward. And BB-8? Luckily for us, they won’t be throwing him aside anytime soon. He’ll be with Poe Dameron this time around, which makes perfect sense since he was Poe’s droid to begin with.
It’s always cool to hear bits and pieces of trivia like this. In an age where franchises and shared universes are a big thing, it’s not always clear how much say another director will have in another film? Do they simply have to play the hands dealt to them by the previous director, or do they have some say in how things shake out in the films leading up to theirs. This is proof that it’s not always cut and dry. There is always room for flexibility, cooperation, and collaboration in the filmmaking process.
This wasn’t all Johnson had to say. One of the big questions fans had coming out of The Force Awakens was why Luke Skywalker went into hiding. Johnson assured the outlet that they would be answering that very question in the film.
“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.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017.
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