Whether you were one of the fans who absolutely LOVED Star Wars: The Last Jedi or you thought it was the worst film in the entire canon, you have to admit that you walked away thinking and feeling differently about a few characters.
Most notably, Leia. The Prince-turned-Resistance-General was seemingly blown to smithereens by a First Order Tie Fighter, however, she used the Force to float herself back to the ship safely.
And fans all over the world had the same reaction: WTF?
During a recent Q&A involving the cast at a BAFTA screening, writer/director of the controversial film Rian Johnson confirmed that, while Leia did indeed have Force abilities, she was not actually a Jedi.
The answer came about after Daisy Ridley spoke about how she did not grow up with the films and had several questions regarding the Force and who can manipulate it.
“Because I wasn’t so knowledgeable of the Star Wars thing, I still have questions about what it all means,” Ridley said. “Like when people talk about Jedi and stuff like that I remember having a conversation with one of our executive producers on VII, Michelle, and I said, ‘But surely Leia’s a Jedi, because she’s Force sensitive and she’s challenged.’ She’s not challenged in the same ways as Luke, but like she’s doing stuff for the good and everything like that. I still don’t quite have my answer, like is she a Jedi? I dunno.”
Knowing that the internet would jump on this quote and claim LEIA IS A JEDI, Johnson quickly chimed in.
“No, she’s not a Jedi.”
Leia, being the daughter and sister of two of the most powerful and influential Jedis in all of the galaxy, is sensitive to the force but her connection with it is not strong enough to require the extensive mental and physical training it takes to be a Jedi. However, the Force is still evolving and existing within men and women all over the galaxy.
Source: Walt Disney