Star Wars: The Last Jedi is full of incredibly dramatic and visually beautiful moments. One such moment is in the latter half of the film when, in an act of desperation, Vice Admiral Holdo turns the Resistance ship, the Raddus, into a weapon and jumps to hyperspace, bisecting Snoke’s ship, the Supremacy. Like many elements in The Last Jedi, this tactic is new to Star Wars, but it turns out that the idea for it actually came from the past. The inspiration for jumping directly into a solid object in hyperspace came from something Han Solo once said. As director Rian Johnson explained:

I’m sure that a lot of fans had thought ever since Han was talking about if you don’t get the calculations right you could go through a star… I always wanted to see what that would look like, and at some point, one of the guys at ILM hit upon that exposure idea of everything going silent. We were struggling with how do we make this visually impressive and when we hit on that, we loved it.

The line of dialogue Rian Johnson is referring to in his interview with Empire Online comes from A New Hope. In it, the Imperial forces are pursuing the Millennium Falcon and Luke is frustrated with how long it is taking Han to make the jump to hyperspace. Han responds saying that without precise calculations, they could fly through a star or bounce too close to a supernova. Rian Johnson took this notion and ran with it, to see what would happen if you intentionally jumped through a solid object. While there have been criticisms directed towards what Rian Johnson’s film has done to Star Wars lore, it is clear that he has an appreciation for what came before. He took a small piece of dialogue from the original film and turned it into one of the key moments in his story. Vice Admiral Holdo’s kamikaze move works to save The Resistance and results in one of the film’s most stunning images.

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