Get ready for a load of new Jedi skills as the space saga expands its universe into a galaxy far, far away from the one created by George Lucas
If you, like me (and apparently Kylo Ren), were a little flabbergasted when Luke Skywalker pulled off his big moment at the close of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, writer-director Rian Johnson has set the record straight. Johnson did not just pluck a new Force power from his box of Jedi mind tricks. As the Looper film-maker revealed on Twitter, he borrowed the new skill from a somewhat obscure 2010 tome titled The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force, and specifically the chapter on advanced Force techniques.
The book reveals that a technique known as “doppelgänger” allows its user to “create a short-lived duplicate of himself or herself or an external object that is visually indistinguishable from the real item”. It adds: “Those who have perfected this ability can create phantoms of any person of their choosing or trick and enemy into seeing more objects, such as droids, than are actually present.”