‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Screenplay Offers a Few Answers for Fans
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has officially surpassed James Cameron’s Titanic as the second highest-grossing film of all time, and will take over Avatar’s top spot in the next couple of days as the film hits theaters in China — basically, everyone has seen The Force Awakens, and many of you have seen it multiple times by now, but there are still some lingering questions. While many of those answers won’t be delivered until Episode VIII hits theaters in 2017, the screenplay for The Force Awakens appears to clear up at least a couple of things, specifically with regards to the ending.
Lucasfilm sent The Force Awakens screenplay out to the Writers Guild of America for awards consideration, and while Disney has not made it officially available to other critics associations, Slashfilm appears to have gotten their hands on a legitimate copy. The script follows the film beat-for-beat and does not include any deleted material (scenes which were in the shooting script and did not make the final edit), but it does have a few things the actual movie doesn’t.
For starters, the name of the planet where Mark Hamill’s Luke is living in self-imposed exile: it’s called Ahch-To in the script, and it’s where Daisy Ridley’s Rey finds the older, legendary Jedi in the film’s final scene. As Slashfilm notes, the planet has not been previously mentioned in any Star Wars stories, though the word “Ahch” is Hebrew for “brother.” Make of that what you will.
The biggest question fans have is about Rey’s family history — who abandoned her on Jakku as a child, and why? Is she Luke’s daughter? Or Leia’s daughter? Or neither? With her innate piloting skills and her connection to the Force (not to mention all those emotional moments with Han Solo and Leia), she could very well be Han and Leia’s offspring, hidden away when Kylo Ren went off the reservation. But those same abilities could also make her Luke’s daughter.
The Force Awakens screenplay makes it clear that Luke knows who she is the moment she arrives on his secluded planet, noting that he “doesn’t need to ask her who she is, or what she is doing here.” When Rey holds out his lightsaber, the script describes it as “An offer. A plea. The galaxy’s only hope,” while adding that Luke is both “amazed and conflicted.”
As for the Dark-er Side of things, the script also gives insight into Kylo Ren’s thoughts when he kills his father, Han Solo. The script describes Adam Driver’s emerging mega-villain as “weakened” by the act, and his “SHOCK is broken only when” Chewbacca lets out a mournful cry. Could there be a sliver of hope for Kylo yet, or will we see him truly follow in the footsteps of Darth Vader by becoming another tragic, damaged villain?
There’s plenty more at Slashfilm, including details on Simon Pegg’s alien character Unkar Plutt, Rey’s internal encounter with the Dark Side, and her intense vision sequence in Maz’s castle.
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