Posted on Thursday, December 31st, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
Disney has sent out the Star Wars: The Force Awakens screenplay to members of the Writers Guild of America for awards consideration. The screenplay pretty much reflects the final film, including lines improvised or changed during the filming, and excludes any form of deleted scenes that were most definitely in the shooting script. That said, the descriptions in the screenplay give us some confirmations and clues that you might find interesting.
Hit the jump to get more info about Luke Skywalker, get confirmations about what exactly we see in Rey’s vision, dive into the the internal conflicts of Rey and Kylo Ren, and discover new details about The Force Awakens ending.
Warning: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens follow. If you haven’t yet seen the film, do not read the following post. It should also be noted that the following screenplay has not been uploaded to Disney’s official For Your Consideration website, and was obtained through third hand sources. While I can’t personally 100% confirm the legitimacy of the screenplay, it looks to be far too accurate to not be the real thing.
Luke Skywalker’s Planet
The script gives a name for the planet that we find Luke Skywalker on at the end of the film. The planet is referred to as “AHCH-TO” in this official script. The planet is described as having a “pristine and mighty OCEAN” with “endless BLUE, dotted with random, beautiful, mountainous BLACK ROCK ISLANDS, dotted with countless GREEN TREES.”
Interestingly Ahch-to is not a known planet in all of Star Wars lore, but “Ahch” is a Hebrew word meaning “brother.” Is this somehow a subtle way of suggesting that Luke is somehow her brother? How would that be possible? It could also speak towards Leia sending Rey to find her brother on this planet. It might also be a placeholder name — I could see them using it to stand in for “Act 2” as this moment leads to the second act of this sequel trilogy.
Luke Skywalker Immediately Knows Who Rey Is and Why She Is Here
The script describes Luke Skywalker as being older now, with white hair and a beard. It says that he looks at Rey with a “kindness in his eyes, but there’s something tortured, too.” Most interestingly, it says that Luke “doesn’t need to ask her who she is, or what she is doing here.” Does this mean that he knows Rey is his child? Or does this mean that he knows because of the Force? The script only adds that “his look says it all.”
After Rey pulls Luke’s lightsaber from her pack, the script describes her holding it out to him as “An offer. A plea. The galaxy’s only hope.” And of course the script ends on “HOLD ON LUKE SKYWALKER’S INCREDIBLE FACE, amazed and conflicted at what he sees, as our MUSIC BUILDS, the promise of an adventure, just beginning…” It’s interesting that the script says Luke is both amazed and conflicted.
Rey’s Vision Confirmations
The screenplay confirms a bunch of the imagery that we see in the vision Rey experiences when she touches Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber:
- We pretty much knew that the first image is that of a hallway in Cloud City, but this script confirms it, calling it “a hallway of from deep inside Cloud City” and mentions a “mechanical breathing sound” and also that “disembodied voices fill the air.”
- Some people have argued that the image of Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 was not from the attack on Skywalker’s new Jedi Training Academy, but the script confirms that we “see a BURNING TEMPLE AT NIGHT” in the background.
- As for the man stabbed with a lightsaber, some fans have incorrectly identified that as Constable Zuvio, but we’ve previously debunked that claim. The script says that it is “A WARRIOR” who is stabbed by “A FIERY LIGHTSABER!”
- And while we have assumed that the men around Kylo Ren in this vision are the Knights of Ren, the screenplay officially confirms this: “We PIVOT AROUND HER to REVEAL KYLO REN, and the six other KNIGHTS OF REN, who flank him!”