A Blind Luke Skywalker? The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson Once Toyed With The Idea


The Last Jedi tidbits are coming in thick and fast.

From the First Order’s scheming Supreme Leader to General Leia Organa – and, by effect, Carrie Fisher – this week alone has brought forth a ton of new intel pertaining to Rian Johnson’s much-anticipated sequel, with the latest placing the focus squarely on Luke Skywalker.

Truth be told, Mark Hamill’s jaded Jedi has been a constant point of fixation among the Star Wars community ever since his silent cameo in The Force Awakens. Toss that by-now famous “it’s time for the Jedi…to end” line into the mix and you have the foundation for copious fan theories and baseless speculation. But isn’t that all part of the fun?

As a matter of fact, during the early days of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, writer-director Rian Johnson toyed with the idea of a blind Luke Skywalker.

Did I ever tell you that early on when I was trying to figure out the story for this, I had a brief idea I was chasing where I was like, ‘What if Luke is blind?’ What if he’s, like, the blind samurai?’ But we didn’t do it. You’re welcome. Didn’t stick.

On paper, it’s a cool twist to the mythical legend that is Luke Skywalker, but we imagine a number of fans would take issue with the idea – if nothing else, it would certainly undercut the finale of The Force Awakens, when the silent, shocked Luke watched as Rey reached out with his long-lost lightsaber.

It’s that moment that will seemingly jumpstart Star Wars: The Last Jedi, too, given Johnson’s sequel is expected to get the ball rolling right where we left off in 2015 – a first for Lucasfilm’s Star Wars saga, which so often employs the famous crawl to explain the year-long gaps between each instalment.

And after Rogue One ditched the opening crawl to better establish Lucasfilm’s anthology series as their own separate thing, Star Wars: The Last Jedi will shift the focus back to the core Skywalker saga on December 15th. And we couldn’t be more excited.