'Star Wars: Episode 8' spoilers, plot: More information on Rey's 'The Force Awakens' vision; Adam Driver relates upcoming movie to 'The Empire Strikes Back'


A little over a year before they yet to be titled “Star Wars: Episode VIII” makes its way to the cinemas, a developing rumor has taken over the lore. Piecing some of the previous leaks, it appears that fans will know more about that highly mysterious vision that Rey (Daisy Ridley) saw in “Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.”

To say that the short clip has launched multitudes of theories is an understatement. The scene has been captured and dissected over and over to make sense of the montage. A new report from Making Star Wars suggests that the vision is actually from Rey’s perspective meaning what she saw was not a vision but a fragment of her memory.

The article also revealed that late adolescent kids were brought to the set to play Luke’s (Mark Hamill) dead Padawans. Fans already know that the Jedi tried to take on mentees as he hoped they would continue the Jedi way after he is gone. Unfortunately, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Leia’s (Carrie Fisher) son, Ben (Adam Driver), who was part of the group, was seduced to the dark side by Snoke (Andy Serkis); hence, taking on the persona of Kylo Ren. Since then, the Jedi Master decided to go under the radar.

Should this rumor turn out to be true, it coincides with previous theories that Rey was part of the Padawan bunch that Luke was training. This somehow explains her knowledge of tapping into the Force. Furthermore, it also supports speculation that the scavenger and Kylo Ren previously had an encounter before they even met in Takodana. It can be remembered that at one point in the vision, Darth Vader’s (James Earl Jones) grandson seemed to have saved Rey from one of the Knights of Ren after he went after her. Supplementary information courtesy of Claudia Gray’s novel “Bloodline” reveals that six years prior to the events of “The Force Awakens,” Luke was still training Ben. Hence, it hasn’t been that long since Snoke had Kylo Ren by his side.

A separate leak, on the other hand, courtesy of fan videos taken from filming in Skellig Michael Island in Ireland, disclosed that Rey’s training with Luke will be disrupted by Kylo Ren with the Knights of Ren with him. A battle between the two sides will ensue alongside Chewbacca who flew with Rey to the planet Ach-To.

Since “Episode VIII” will be picking up where “The Force Awakens” left off, it is possible that last remaining Jedi will start teaching Rey in the same solitary confinement that she found him in.

Meanwhile, in a new interview with Collider, Driver talked briefly about the next “Star Wars” film which is being helmed by Rian Johnson.

“It’s great. It’s similar to how The Empire Strikes Back has a different tone. For that people always go ‘oooh, it’s dark’ but I don’t know that it necessarily is,” he pondered. There has always been the connotation that in the “Star Wars” trilogies, the second movie dives into more serious territory but Driver explained that it is somehow not that way for “Episode VIII.”

“It’s just different in tone in a way that I think is great and necessary but also very clear. He trusts [that] his audience is ready for nuance and ambiguity. He’s not dumbing anything down for someone and that’s really fun to play,” he added while referring to Johnson.

Principal photography for the flick has finished and post-production is already in full swing. “Star Wars: Episode VIII” is set to blast through cinemas on Dec. 15, 2017