How Star Wars: The Last Jedi Will—and Won’t—Echo The Empire Strikes Back

In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Finn has an important decision to make: will he ditch the group that took him in after he deserted the Empire? It hardly feels like a spoiler to say that of course he won’t—but according to Entertainment Weekly, the ex-Stormtrooper does think about it. Per E.W.’s new preview of the movie, Finn will also meet a fan, of sorts, who works as a mechanic behind the scenes for the Resistance: Rose Tico (played by Kelly Marie Tran). Once he sees that Rose idolizes him as a hero, Finn has something to live up to—or, at least, an image of himself that he can try to live up to.

This subplot—as well as a few other threads that have been teased from the Star Wars saga’s next installment—prompts another question: just how much of this film’s plot will be cribbed from The Empire Strikes Back?

When The Force Awakens hit theaters in 2015, some critics argued that the film borrowed too much from the original Star Wars trilogy, particularly the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope. Rogue One, by contrast, was praised for doing the exact opposite, adopting a tone distinct from those of the Star Wars films that had come before it. (As an anthology film, and not a part of the main arc, Gareth Edwards’s outing had the room to do just that.)

So it’s no surprise that as The Last Jedi nears its debut this December, curiosity is brewing about just how much it too might emulate the other Star Wars films—especially the second movie in the first trilogy, given The Force Awakens’s similarities to A New Hope. Last year, Adam Driver even indicated that the new film has a similar feel to The Empire Strikes Back—a comment that made waves online, forcing the actor to clarify that he did not mean the film mimicked Empire per se, but rather that it differed in tone from its predecessor, much like Empire did.

Yet these new plot details indicate that the similarities may run deeper than that. Finn’s spurned desire to leave his friends seems like an…

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