J.J. Abrams left out Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens promotions for a reason


It’s no surprise that we’ll be seeing Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However, what’s surprising to some fans is that Luke isn’t featured in the latest trailer and in any of the posters. (He was narrating in the second trailer, and the mysterious figure touching R2-D2 is likely him.) So what’s the deal? Well, director J.J. Abrams has left him out intentionally.

In an interview with The AP, Abrams talked about how he’s still working on post-production.

“The visual effects process goes on for so long, my guess is that we’ll probably be doing visual effects for the next three or four weeks even though the cut will be done before then,” Abrams said. “We’re in the editing room, and you know working on the cut, going over visual effects and doing reviews. We still have another scoring session with John Williams, who is a god when it comes to music, and so it’s been an ongoing surreal experience and I just cannot wait for the movie to be out in the world.”

Abrams then talked about the reactions from the trailer:

“We were all thrilled that the trailer was seen and embraced, especially people who were saying they’re not even really fans of Star Wars but they’re interested in seeing this thing now and it’s a testament to all the amazing work that this cast and crew have done, and the studio in rolling out the movie the way they have.”

And now he talks about why Luke Skywalker has been missing from the marketing materials:

“These are good questions to be asking, I can’t wait for you to find out the reason… It’s no accident.”

The film stars John Boyega as Finn, Daisy Ridley as Rey, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18, 2015.

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