We've all been wondering for some time now, where the hell is Luke Skywalker? We know the Jedi Master features in The Force Awakens because Mark Hamill, and his beard, have been on set, in promotional videos and chatting at conventions. So isn't time for some more information? Yep. Get the latest from EW below...
Let me bury the lead and say we won't find out where Luke is until the movie drops in December. We won't get any insight into his post Jedi fate until that film starts rolling, and we won't know what lay ahead for him until then either so don't expect too much from Anthony Breznican's EW article. We do can some answered though like:
"No one forgot about him! We were hoping people would care, but there are a lot of things that are not on the poster, as busy as the poster is. Certainly Luke is a very important aspect of the story.”
- J.J. Abrams
On the subject of the characters being viewed as legends:
“It was the thing that struck me the hardest, which was the idea that doing a story that took place nearly 40 years after Jedi meant that there would be a generation for whom Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia would be as good as myth. They’d be as old and as mythic as the tale of King Arthur. They would be characters who they may have heard of, but maybe not. They’d be characters who they might believe existed, or just sounded like a fairy tale.”
- J.J. Abrams
One particularly interesting reveal here is how Luke Skywalker is viewed by the First Order. Did this point of view start with Snoke? That's something that'll be revealed later, but one things for sure we will be viewing Luke through the eyes of one of our new characters:
"For Finn, he’s been raised from the ashes of the Empire. He’s been taught about Luke Skywalker, he knows about his history. For him it’s like joining the army and then learning about one of the great enemies of your country. It has that effect on him. But in terms of the Force, and the magical stuff that happens, that is the point where Finn kind of questions what is what. What is the Force, what part does Luke Skywalker play in all of this?”
- John Boyega
According to EW-
He ends up in possession of the lightsaber that once belonged to Luke, and to Luke’s father before him. It was last seen tumbling down an air shaft after Darth Vader sliced off his hand and revealed that he, he was Luke’s father. In this film … it’s an important piece of the puzzle that will reveal Luke’s fate and whereabouts.
Anthony Breznican also draws a line under the whole, "Is Luke actually Kylo Ren ?" theories. As Anthony points out, Adam Driver plays Kylo Ren, there's no trick here.
The Kylo theory comes from our concern about Luke's fate post Jedi. Would he have been tempted by the dark side? Mark Hamill chimes in:
“That’s the beauty of the story, is it leaves it up to the audience’s imagination. It was the story of a boy going from a farm boy to a Jedi Master, and I always thought it was amusing, and if you put it in terms of James Bond, it would be like telling the story of how he got his license to kill, and then stopping and never telling any stories of what his adventures were. But that was just the structure of the movie, so it leaves it to the audience.”
- Mark Hamill
Mark goes on to suggest that we will be catching up in this movie, learning as we go. He compares that to what George did with the renaming if A New Hope to include Episode IV-
“Even I said to George, ‘What’s going on with that?’ And he said, ‘Well, I want the audience to get the feeling that they’re just coming in to an adventure, and they’ll catch up.’ They know that all these things have gone on, and things are going on in front of their eyes, and it just ups the excitement factor, and so just on that basis alone, you should go in fresh and not have any questions.”
- Mark Hamill
So there it is, straight from the Jedi's mouth: we need to stop fretting over what has happened and what might happen, we will soon find out exactly what's going on and the joy is in the act of learning. The truth will out in December, but if you want to take anything away from these articles, it's that Star Wars is in good hands and we, as dedicated, lifelong fans, will be thrilled with the results...
Read the article in full over on EW, via the source link below.
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