Mark Hamill is Just Sneaky Enough About Luke’s Whereabouts in The Force Awakens

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Most of the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens have been pretty tight-lipped when it comes to sharing spoilers–but with less than a month to go before the premiere date, it seems like those in the Lucasfilm camp are a little more willing to give us more to go on.

While the location of a certain Jedi had been something of a mystery (apart from a voiceover or two and a hand widely believed to be Luke’s appearing in a trailer with R2-D2), Mark Hamill has been dropping hints left and right–to a degree that some said he was maybe spoiling The Force Awakens.

So he’s not on the film’s poster and he’s barely in the trailer? Where is Luke, exactly? Per Hamill, in an interview with Empire magazine:

Rest assured, Luke will appear in TFA, although it’s a fair bet that he won’t quite be the innocent farm boy we met back in A New Hope. “Obviously you’re seeing him in a very different time in his life,” says Hamill. “There are lots of surprises in this movie. You’re going to love it.”

Hamill also goes on to share some anecdotes about filming on Skellig Michael in Ireland–which would lend credence to the theory that Luke has become some sort of Jedi hermit, far removed from the other characters during the events of the film:

If scuttlebutt is to be believed, much of TFA will concern the search for the reclusive Luke, and there’s a prevailing theory that Hamill spends a large part of the movie by himself. Certainly, Hamill’s strongest memory of shooting the movie supports that. “It reminded me of when I was in Tunisia on the salt flats. If you could get into your own mind and shut out the crew and look at the horizon, you really felt like you were in a galaxy far, far away. I had that same wave of emotion happen to me when I was on Skellig Michael in Ireland. I wasn’t anticipating it.”

Maybe it’s a requirement in order to achieve full Jedi Master status–that and growing an epic beard.

(via /Film)

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