Luke Skywalker's Role in New Star Wars Movie
“I think what’s always great about Star Wars is it’s a big galaxy, and we’re coming off what was a major war with the First Order. And now, Rey has made a promise to Luke and that’s really the core of where we’re going and what this story will be."
However, his progress - and his padawans - were destroyed when Ben Solo fell to the Dark Side and became Kylo Ren.
From the little fans know of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy's Star Wars story, Daisy Ridley's Rey will be following in her reluctant mentor's footsteps in rebuilding another Jedi Order once more.
Kennedy continued, noting how Rey's next chapter creates the "opportunity to introduce new characters" and "start with something fresh:"
"And I think it offers just tremendous opportunity to introduce new characters and start with something fresh, because we culminated with what George [Lucas] was creating, and now we take all of that and move it to the next chapter.”
This isn't the first time Kennedy referenced Luke Skywalker's role in the upcoming film. In the weeks following the film's announcement at Star Wars Celebration, Kennedy explained Rey would be building a New Jedi Order "based on the text that she was given and that Luke imparted..."
Does Luke Skywalker Want Rey To Rebuild the Jedi?
While Luke Skywalker's influence in Rey's next film makes sense, Kathleen Kennedy's comments are somewhat contradictory.
First of all, if the Lucasfilm President truly wants to "introduce new characters" and "move it to the next chapter," why this film?
From what has been revealed about Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy's movie, it sounds more like a sequel to The Rise of Skywalker than a fresh start, particularly since it involves another Jedi Master with the Skywalker name rebuilding an Order that failed twice before.
Yes, it's true that it's intended to be a "New Order." But if so, why the need for the old texts?
After all, in The Last Jedi, Yoda told audiences that "page-turners, they were not" and that the library "contained nothing that the girl Rey does not already possess."
While some fans speculate Yoda's comment means he knows Rey took the texts, again, it's unclear. As for Rey's promise to Luke, that's somewhat confusing as well.
In Episode IX, Luke only warned Rey that failing to face Palpatine would be the end of Jedi. He also gave her Leia's lightsaber, saying she was who would continue his sister's journey.
At the moment, it seems that "the core" of the franchise's next installment is based on what Luke and Yoda may or may not have said to do.
While only time will tell if all will make sense, Kennedy's comments about the next Star Wars film and Luke Skywalker suggest a struggle to balance the past with the future.
Hopefully, Obaid-Chinoy and her team will find that balance ahead of Ridley's return.
The next Star Wars film is currently aiming for a May 22, 2026 theatrical release.