The big moment of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was when Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) killed his father Han Solo (Harrison Ford). This moment is going to define a lot of characters going forward and no one is feeling pain more than Chewie (Joona Suotamo). Han might be gone, but his presence will be felt throughout the movie going forward according to director/writer Rian Johnson in Entertainment Weekly.
Chewie is dealing with the death of his best friend but he’s doing about as well as someone could expect.
“Chewie’s doing all right. It’s tough. It was obviously a big loss for him, but, you know, he’s Chewie. He’s resilient,” Johnson says. “He’s got broad Wookiee shoulders, and he also has a new mission. He’s got Rey, and she’s someone that Han, to a certain extent, handed the keys to. So I think that that helps.”
So Chewie is doing what most people do when they face a horrible loss; he’s throwing himself into his work or the mission. Much like anyone else who is dealing with loss if he were idle it would be worse.
“If Chewie was just unemployed and sitting at home, things might be a little rougher, but he’s got a task to focus on,” Johnson adds.
Han is dead but that doesn’t mean he’s gone. His death isn’t just effecting Chewie, it effecting everyone, but someone who is having a hard time wrapping their head around it is Rey (Daisy Ridley).
“She just doesn’t understand Kylo,” Daisy Ridley says. “When all she wanted was parents, why would a person who has parents do that? It’s so beyond comprehension, it’s ridiculous. So she has grief for the loss and then there’s anger. To be honest, she couldn’t understand doing something like that – let alone to your parents.”
Johnson talks about how Han will be hanging over the proceedings but is quick to correct himself that he doesn’t mean a literal ghost.
“Han, the ghost of – well, not literally,” Johnson says, interrupting himself with a laugh. “I don’t want to misguide. I have to be very careful with my words here. But a figurative ghost of Han had to be present throughout this entire film.”
Sorry Force Ghost fans; no Han Solo force ghost this time around.
Summary: Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson, stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, and Adam Driver. It will be released on December 15th.
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