Why Luke Used A Blue Lightsaber In ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Finale

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi left fans with tons of unanswered questions. One of the mysteries that has been one of the most talked about regarding the The Last Jedi, revolves around the epic final showdown between Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren. Fans have wondered why Luke decided to project himself wielding his father’s lightsaber, as he had used the force to project himself in order to grant the rebels enough time to escape.

Director Rian Johnson recently spoke about Luke’s decision to use the blue lightsaber and explained why Kylo Ren would not have recognized the lightsaber that was destroyed just before this encounter.

According to Johnson, Luke chose to wield Anakin’s blue lightsaber in an attempt to make the greatest impact on his former apprentice:

“[Luke] is basically tailoring this projection to have maximum effect on Kylo. He knows that Kylo’s Achilles heel is his rage, and so that’s why he kind of makes himself look younger, the way Kylo would’ve last seen him in their confrontation at the temple,  and that’s why he decided to bring Kylo’s grandfather’s lightsaber down there — the lightsaber that Kylo screamed at Rey, ‘that’s mine, that belongs to me.’”

Kylo Ren didn’t recognize that Luke was using the same, previously destroyed lightsaber. Johnson stated that Kylo would have been blinded by the flash of light from the lightsaber’s destruction and knocked unconscious during the confrontation between him and Rey. Clearly, he would not have seen the destruction of the iconic blue weapon.

Luke Skywalker’s peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy.

Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran and Benicio del Toro.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now playing in theaters!

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