J.J. Abrams on how characters view Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens


We know that Mark Hamill will be playing Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but what we haven’t seen in the recent trailers and promos is any sign of Luke. Director J.J. Abrams said before that it was intentional, but he has shed some light on who Luke is to different characters in the film. Is he a legend or is he a myth? In addition to that, there’s a new info from EW that seems to confirm a particular rumor about a particular lightsaber.

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“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,” Abrams says to EW. “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.”

For someone like Rey, who’s played by Daisy Ridley, she wouldn’t know much about Luke. She’s been living in a bleak planet, with only BB-8 by her side.

“To someone who is living alone and struggling without a formal education or support system, who knows what that person in the literal middle of nowhere would have ever heard about any of these things, or would ever know, and how much that person would have to infer and piece together on their own,” Abrams says. “So the idea that someone like that would begin to learn that the Jedi were real, and that the Force exists, and that there’s a power in the universe that sounds fanciful but is actually possible, was an incredibly intriguing notion.”

We have learned this week that the First Order Stormtroopers have been indoctrinated as children to become soldiers and to hate Luke Skywalker, the enemy of the Empire. Finn, played by John Boyega, definitely knows of Luke.

“For Finn, he’s been raised from the ashes of the Empire,” says Boyega. “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?”

If you have been following up on the rumors, new information seems to confirm them.

We have one about the Starkiller base rumor via Badass Digest and the official information on the site:

“So begins a quest to find the missing Jedi Master. Meanwhile, on an ice planet, nefarious forces are building a super weapon, one capable of destroying not planets but entire solar systems … ”

The official Star Wars site reveals a secret icy planet that’s actually a super weapon called Starkiller. It’s capable of destroying not just planets, but the galaxy.

In the same Badass Digest report, it says that Finn and Rey find Luke’s lightsaber, and now EW seems to be confirming the rumor.

“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.”

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

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