After fans didn't get one single sneak peek of Mark Hamill during the production of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, or in any of the footage, we finally got to see the Jedi master at the very end of this adventure, when he comes face-to-face with Rey at the remote Jedi temple. After a brief close-up of Luke himself, the final aerial shot looked down at both Rey and Luke. And while many fans were certainly hoping to see more of Luke Skywalker in the movie, it turns out we may have seen even less of him. Producer Ben Rosenblatt revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that the final shot almost didn't feature Luke at all.
The producer says that the final aerial shot, looking down on Rey and Luke Skywalker, was shot from a helicopter, but director J.J. Abrams was conflicted about using that shot or ending the movie with a close-up of Rey. He added that the decision was driven by John Williams' score. It's believed that the director wanted to originally end the movie with a Rey close-up because the force was "awakening" inside of her. Here's what Ben Rosenblatt had to say about the ending, and how the look of the film was an homage to George Lucas.
"(It) left you with this sweeping emotional epic [feel], and you're going to see a lot of that in Star Wars: Episode VIII. It was J.J., but J.J. was honoring George's original vision. But J.J. brought his own visual language to the film."
LucasFilm announced last week that production is under way on Star Wars: Episode VIII, sharing a new video from the set that featured Luke Skywalker. Last fall, director Rian Johnson shot scenes at Skellig Michael Island in Ireland, long before principal photography got under way, because they only had a certain amount of time they were allowed to shoot on the island, which served as the seclued hideaway where Luke Skywalker put himself into exile. The video LucasFilm released last week to mark the start of principal photography appeared to be taken on the island, so it could be footage that was shot several months ago.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is written and directed by Rian Johnson. This highly anticipated sequel continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Coming back are cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.
Last month, we reported that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD April 5, but that date has still not been confirmed by LucasFilm. The studio hasn't announced any bonus features yet, so it's possible that this alternate final shot may be included in deleted scenes, although that hasn't been confirmed. Do you think J.J. Abrams made the right choice by ending Star Wars: The Force Awakens with an aerial shot of Rey and Luke?