While “Star Wars” fans will come away from “The Last Jedi” knowing whether Leia has the Force (she does) or what made Ben Solo become Kylo Ren (Luke almost killed him, whoops!), the movie saves some mysteries for Episode IX.
J.J. Abrams will once again take the director’s chair for the next installment, due out December 20, 2019. Here’s what we’re hoping to learn when we next return to a galaxy far, far away.
How will Episode IX address Carrie Fisher’s death?
While the Rebellion said goodbye to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) at the end of “The Last Jedi,” sister General Organa (Carrie Fisher) is still very much alive when the credits roll. If “The Force Awakens” was Han’s movie and this one was Luke’s, it seems clear that the filmmakers were planning on making Fisher’s Leia an important force in the next film.
But with the actress’ death in December 2016, that will no longer be the case, with Kathleen Kennedy confirming the character won’t return. While “Last Jedi” does a great job setting up Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) as her successor, what remains unclear is how they’ll write Leia out of Episode IX.
Who Was Snoke?
After Andy Serkis’ deformed Sith lord appeared in “The Force Awakens,” fans immediately went into overdrive to figure out who Snoke really is.
Popular theories included: Darth Plagueis, the Sith lord who could bring people back from the dead, Mace Windu and even Darth Vader himself.
In “The Last Jedi” we find out he’s really … Snoke. Yeah, there’s no fleshed out background given to him before Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) kills him, and we still have no idea how the First Order rose back to power after “Return of the Jedi.”
- Are Rey’s Parents Really ‘No one’?
Another thread from “The Force Awakens” that had Reddit going crazy was the identity of Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) parents.
Some thought she was from the Obi-Wan Kenobi’s bloodline, others guessed she could somehow be a Skywalker or related to Qui-Gon from “Phantom Menace.”
Turns out, at least according to Kylo Ren, that her parents aren’t anyone special and they simply left her on Jakkuu. It seemed like Rey also believed this is true.
But is it?
Will Luke Return as a Force Ghost?
“The Last Jedi” saw the triumphant return of Yoda as a Force Ghost, giving Luke some guidance in his time of need.
While we saw Skywalker use up the rest of his power to distract Kylo Ren, before dying, we know that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the end for the character. In addition to the little green guy, both Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker have return in spectral form.
With Fisher’s Leia not returning as planned, maybe J.J. Abrams will use this as a way to keep someone from the original trilogy around?
Will Kylo Ren Still Switch Sides?
With Snoke out of the picture, Kylo Ren stepped into his role as Big Bad for Episode IX, but can he still be redeemed?
He definitely straddled the light and dark sides in “The Last Jedi” and there was a moment where it seemed like he would take off with Rey for what would have been one crazy development. But he didn’t and instead went HAM on the Rebellion.
Rey told Leia she thinks there’s still some good left in him, so maybe, just maybe, he’ll come back to the light.
Was That Justin Theroux?
Both Prince William and Prince Harry supposedly showed up as Stormtroopers, along with Tom Hardy. Ellie Goulding said she made an appearance as well, but we have no idea who she played