For casual and die-hard fans who are wondering what would be the central theme of the upcoming Star Wars 8 movie, the anticipated but unofficial answer is: family.
This is not unexpected, as the iconic sci-fi film has not only revolved around the battle between good and evil, light vs dark, but what is within the DNA of the film’s main characters.
In fact, it has been quite obvious that the concept of family has been at the front and center of all “Star Wars” films – from the main saga, to its spin-offs, to the soon-to-be released “Rogue One,” and now Star Wars 8.
Familial ties has been the glue that has kept the movie’s protagonists and antagonists connected to each – albeit in varying degrees, according to Movie Pilot.
The best example is Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker who started out in the film as mortal enemies, but ended up as father and son, with the former laying down his life to save his own flesh and blood.
And Anakin Skywalker – who would eventually transform into the ruthless Darth Vader and lead the massacre of the Tuskens in the “Attack of the Clones” – was also driven by memories of his fallen family.
In “The Force Awakens” (2015), the movie’s new villain Kylo Ren fights an inner battle, as he is convinced by the Supreme Leader Snoke to fully commit himself to the “dark side.”
It is eventually revealed in the film that he is the son of Han Solo and Princess Leia, which makes him Luke’s nephew and Darth Vader’s grandson.
In the meantime, there are speculations that Han Solo (Harrison Ford) could make a comeback in Star Wars 8, according to Melty.
It was actually Ford himself who raised this possibility during an interview in the Jimmy Kimmel Show a year ago.
A lot of fans however are doubtful that that Han Solo could re-surface in the film, as he died in the hands of his son Kylo Ren in “The Force Awakens.”
Moreover, followers of the franchise argue that it would be impossible for Ford’s character to return as a Force ghost simply because he is not force sensitive like Luke.
But as they say, anything can happen, especially if you have a film like Star Wars 8.