Even though Star Wars: The Last Jedi is just days away from being released, director Rian Johnson can’t stop himself from teasing out details.
[Warning: The following contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.]
Johnson sat down for an interview with Parade Magazine wherein he detailed a few interesting tidbits, including that Star Wars fans may see a new lightsaber hue in The Last Jedi. A blurb in the magazine feature, uploaded to Imgur, notes that Rey and Kylo Ren will continue to use their respective blue and red lightsabers, but another color may make its debut.
Aside from the classic green, red and blue lightsabers, there has only been one other notable lightsaber color that made its way into a Star Wars live-action movie. Samuel L. Jackson, who played the revered Jedi Master and member of the Jedi High Council, Mace Windu, sported a purple lightsaber in Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones. Jackson has recounted the story over the years of persuading Star Wars creator George Lucas to let him use a purpler lightsaber in the series.
The lightsaber was eventually written into Star Wars lore and backstory, with the assumption made that Jedi who wielded purple lightsabers were able to use both the light and dark side of the force, as opposed to those who used red, blue or green lightsabers. Let us reiterate: we’re just talking about the live-action movies. There have been an assortment of colors — including yellow, grey and black — showcased in animated series and other mediums.
It’s unclear if Johnson will bring back the purple lightsaber or if he’ll introduce a new color entirely, such as orange or pink. We do think a pink lightsaber would be pretty cool, though.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released on Dec. 15.