The eighth chapter in the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi, has yet to be released, but information about its sequel may have been revealed earlier than the filmmakers intended. If the recent revelations are true, the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX may have some scenes set in a familiar sandy planet that's bound to stir up more than just nostalgia.
That's right - recent reports suggest that Star Wars: Episode IX will be taking fans back to Jakku!
"Why Does Everyone Want To Go Back To Jakku?!"
During a recent episode of Everything Geek Podcast, DJ and Star Wars: The Force Awakens extra Mark Pickup (who played a scavenger on Jakku) was interviewed by the panel. When asked what it was like to work on the seventh Star Wars movie, Philip revealed that he may be going back to that galaxy far, far away because the trilogy's finale could be shooting scenes in the real-world #Jakku: Abu Dhabi.
"I've heard wind that number nine [Star Wars: Episode IX] is starting to be filmed next year, and they are doing a scene back in Abu Dhabi, so... I'm gonna, soon as I get back there after Christmas, I'm gonna put all my attention into trying to find out which team's gonna be on the ground doing it so... that's all I have to say at the moment."
Though it's not much to work with, Pickup's revelation gives potential insight into the upcoming finale for the third Star Wars trilogy. Not only does the possibility of revisiting Jakku show the new Star Wars movie's adherence to continuity, but could also reveal a lot about the trilogy's main characters.
The Poetry Of Star Wars And Sandy Planets
Though #Rey (Daisy Ridley) was not born on Jakku, she spent most of her life on the scavenger planet before destiny called in The Force Awakens. For reasons yet unknown, her family seemingly stranded her on Jakku without any explanation, and she's been looking for the answers ever since.
If Episode IX has scenes set in Jakku that aren't mere flashbacks, this may imply that Rey will return to the planet she knows as "home" to discover some previously unknown truths about herself, or to settle a few scores with certain shady personalities from her scavenging days.
This also mirrors the third Star Wars movie, Return of the Jedi, where #LukeSkywalker (Mark Hamill) returned to his home planet of Tatooine to bargain for the life of #HanSolo (Harrison Ford) from Jabba the Hutt.
Though no familial secrets were discovered on Tatooine, Luke's return to the planet served as a symbolic call-back to where his time as a Jedi warrior began. Similarly, the Star Wars prequels began and ended on Tatooine, where it was revealed that Anakin Skywalker was born on the desert planet, and his son Luke was later put in the care of Tatooine residents Owen Lars and his wife, Beru.
Episode IX has yet to begin filming, but based on its potential shooting location, the new Star Wars trilogy's finale may share thematic parallels and similarities to the original trilogy's conclusion -reminding us of George's Lucas's vision for the franchise when discussing The Phantom Menace.
"Again it's like poetry, so that they rhyme. Every stanza kinda rhymes with the last one. Hopefully it'll work."
Hopefully, Episode IX will have better luck that the poorly received prequel that may have went too far in a few places, and will give the newest Star Wars trilogy the satisfying conclusion that both old and new fans deserve.
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