THIS STORY CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
Star Wars: The Force Awakens could have had a slightly different ending. In the original script, it was BB-8 who accompanied Rey to the island where Luke was living, according to EW. However, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson asked The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams if he could swap droids.
Abrams agreed, and it ends up being R2-D2 instead of BB-8 that makes the journey.
“The big [favor] was, I asked if R2 could come with Rey, and if BB-8 could stay behind with the Resistance,” he explained. “Originally, it was BB-8 who went with Rey, which makes sense for the story in a way. But I asked, ‘Can you do me this solid and switch the droids?'”
Also in the EW interview, Johnson spoke about how Luke’s story will be essential to The Last Jedi. The “entire movie” explores the reasons why Luke left to go live on the island, Ahch-To.
“Figuring out where his head was at was the very first thing I had to do when writing the movie,” Johnson said. “I had to crack this. And it had to be something for me that first and foremost made sense. Why did Luke Skywalker go off to this island? That was the starting point, and that’s what the entire movie explores.”
You can read the full interview here at EW.
The Last Jedi arrives in theaters on December 15, 2017. It stars Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Laura Dern, Domhnall Gleeson, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis.
The identity of Rey’s parents has been the subject of much speculation ever since The Force Awakens was released in 2015. In a recent interview, Last Jedi director Ryan Johnson confirmed that the new movie would deal with this. “It’s something that is absolutely going to be addressed,” he said.
In Star Wars video game news, EA’s Star Wars: Battlefront II launches in November.