After audiences found out that Leia was Luke’s sister in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, it was assumed that Luke would teach his sister the ways of the force. But according to some new information given to fans, he didn’t get the best start when his sister refused his offer of a spot as his first Jedi padawan.
Writing in a new book called Star Wars: The Last Jedi – The Visual Dictionary, Lucasfilm Story Group head Pablo Hidalgo explained, “Skywalker’s first student was to be his sister, Leia. However, she ultimately decided that the best path for her to serve the galaxy left no room for the extended isolation of Jedi training.”
He further added, “As Leia on her new family and senatorial politics, Luke began his travels, largely disappearing from galactic view. During his lengthy journey, Skywalker gathered disciples who would go on to become his first true students.”
Leia continued to use the force throughout her adulthood, including in the recent Star Wars: The Last Jedi where it nearly saved her life. While she certainly could’ve been a great Jedi, Leia’s true place clearly seemed to be politics and leadership.
Directed by Rian Johnson, The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently running in cinemas across the globe.