J.J. Abrams Addresses The “Where Is Luke Skywalker?” Question … Sort Of. Spoilers?
For those of you who are avoiding all possible news about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, lest any scrap of information count as a spoiler, well … what are you still doing here? You read the headline, didn’t you? Move along!
As for me, I ain’t scareda no spoilers, and the “Is Luke evil?” speculation is one of my favorites—I think that would be a badass direction for the narrative to go, so I’m definitely crossing my fingers for it. As a result of my own biases, then, I was delighted to hear these quotes from J.J. Abrams to EW as to why Luke Skywalker hasn’t appeared on the posters for The Force Awakens:
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.
Ahh, but important in what way? Abrams elaborates that Luke will be seen as a mythical figure during this film:
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.
This quote that Abrams shares about Finn, however, really lends credence to those “Luke is evil” theories:
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?
The follow-up sentence via EW clarifies that Finn wouldn’t feel that same “fear” about, say, Han Solo—whose story has been “watered down” over the generations. Too bad for Han!
But, seriously, this sounds like the closest we’ll get to a confirmation that Luke Skywalker won’t be a “good guy”—at least not to Finn, and not according to the myths told within this new 40-years-later world. What do we think, folks? Could Luke be a Sith Lord?
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