Luke Skywalker’s absence from Star Wars posters and trailers is “no accident”, says JJ Abrams

What are the director's dastardly plans for Mark Hamill’s Jedi in The Force Awakens?

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We’re getting a little bit worried about Luke Skywalker, you guys. Bar one cloaked figure who may or may not be him, we’ve seen hide nor hair of Star Wars’ boy Jedi in any of the promotional materials for upcoming sequel Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Trailers? Nope. Set pictures? Big nope. Poster? NERP.

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So what gives? Is Luke dead, in trouble, injured or – perish the thought – the secret villain, as hinted by a conversation actor Mark Hamill once had with Force Awakens director JJ Abrams? Time to ask the man himself…

“These are good questions to be asking – I can’t wait for you to find out the answer,” Abrams told Associated Press, adding that Hamill’s absence is “no accident”.

These are worrying times – clearly the erstwhile Star Trek maestro has a dastardly plan for poor Luke worthy of the Emperor himself, perhaps turning him to evil or transforming him into a wacky cyborg who falls over a lot. 

Alternatively, Abrams is engaging in a bit of his classic misdirection (see: pretending Benedict Cumberbatch wasn’t playing classic Star Trek villain Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness) and we’re all playing right into his scheming hands.

Search your feelings – you know this may be true.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released in UK cinemas on the 17th December