Star Wars Episode VIII director Rian Johnson briefly spoke about the plot of his movie, and specifically discussed the bond between two characters and what plot element teased in The Force Awakens will be given focus.
From USA Today:
Remember that Star Wars: The Force Awakens cliffhanger with new heroine Rey (Daisy Ridley) bringing Jedi master Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) his old lightsaber on a remote intergalactic island? Writer/director Rian Johnson is picking up right where they left off in the beginning of the Star Wars saga’s still-untitled next chapter. “I don’t want to skip ahead two years,” Johnson says. “I want to see the very next moment of what happens.” How Rey and Luke relate to each other is the key relationship in Episode VIII, and Johnson says “a large part of the movie” will be spent addressing why Luke’s there and what he’ll do next. Like Luke, Rey has been pulled into a bigger world by connecting with the Force, “but part of what’s she’s dealing with is the realization that she has this power and this gift,” Johnson adds. “She’s taking her first step to coming to terms with this thing inside her that she never knew was there and is just starting to reveal its potential.”
Recently, rumors that much of the movie would be spent on Ahch-To came into prominence, mostly due to the Episode VIII coverage found over at Making Star Wars. Now, it looks like there’s some solid evidence to suggest that a good portion of the Luke-Rey section of the movie will indeed take place on the planet… Which, of course, naturally raises questions about what the other characters will be up to.
Also worth noting is that the article mentions that how Luke and Rey relate to one another is an important aspect to the movie. Maz Kanata previously implied that Luke had a role in Rey’s past, and Daisy Ridley said that she felt that The Force Awakens made it obvious who her parents were. Are we headed for another Skywalker familial reveal in the Sequel Trilogy, or is it simply that Luke sees Rey as a kindred spirit in their presumed teacher-and-student relationship? We’ve only got about a week and eleven months to go until we find out!
Thanks again to The Cantina patron Magnar The Great for the great find.