Star Wars: The Force Awakens concluded with a truly epic lightsaber battle in the snow, as Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) took on Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) in a no-holds-barred duel that led to the severe injury of both Finn and Kylo.
It’s a hard scene to top – but naturally that seems to be exactly what Star Wars episode VIII director Rian Johnson is attempting to do, based on recent reports from the set of Star Wars. Obviously the following details include spoilers for the upcoming sequel, so look away if you don’t want to know anything at all.
Still here? OK then – according to fan site Making Star Wars (who accurately predicted the entire plot of the Force Awakens last year), the new film will see a sequence where Kylo Ren attacks Rey and her teacher Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) near a Jedi temple with his Knights of Ren (described as “black-helmeted medieval figures, as they appeared in episode VII), only to see his team completely destroyed by Luke.
Apparently the scene was filmed on the coast of Malin Head (doubling for Jedi planet Ahch-To in the film), and features a one-on-one duel between Kylo and Rey while Luke uses enhanced force powers and his classic Return of the Jedi green lightsaber (!) to cut through the dark side warriors like he’s carving a cake.
The Knights of Ren pre-Skywhacking
In the words of Making Star Wars: “Luke Skywalker is a badass Jedi and he’ll destroy your squad.”
Basically it all sounds absolutely amazing, and it seems like we’ll finally be able to see Luke at the height of his powers (including the use of wires which suggest he’s doing cool Jedi jumps all over the place) in the new movie, which is something we’ve all been waiting to witness for decades.
All, that AND apparently Luke gets a new costume in this film, apparently a mix of his Return of the Jedi black gear and his Force Awakens robe based on set descriptions and this artist’s impression from Natalia Trykowska.
So yeah to sum up, episode VIII is sounding pretty great about now – we just hope all these scenes make it into the final cut (and are, you know, actually accurate descriptions of what was filmed).
Star Wars Episode VIII will be released in December 2017