Among the few answers we’ve gleamed about Star Wars: The Force Awakens from the advertising released so far, none of them has answered the question of Luke Skywalker. Where is he? What is he up to? Is he bad or good? All those queries and more are of primary interest for the classic character played by Mark Hamill, but the publicity has seemed to go out of its way to avoid Luke, forcing some fans to wonder if Hamill’s role will be more cameo than leading man. Not to fear, says master of the mystery box J.J. Abrams, no one will be singing a Simple Minds song in the relation to the Jedi Master.
In the new, huge, Star Wars centric edition of Entertainment Weekly (via Screen Rant), Abrams said that there is a point to keeping Luke on the down low. “No one forgot about him!,” Abrams affirmed. “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.”
An interesting little addendum to the lack of Luke-related Wars promotion is a poster designed by Adam Relf. Some say it was a rejected work meant the be the poster for the film, and others say that it’s just a piece of well done fan art, but in stark contrast with the actual official poster, this one features Luke prominently looking all Obi-Wan Kenobi-like, the image of a true Jedi Master. I suppose we’ll have to wait for the finished film to confirm whether or not its legit, but it does suggest an entirely different marketing strategy was considered, one that was Luke-centric.
Here’s the faux or alt-poster design courtesy of Twitter (and via MovieWeb):
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You still have questions though? Like what questions you should be asking as a diligent fan before going into theaters next month? Abrams says forget about them. “None! There should be no questions,” he added. “You go in and it’s a brand new fresh approach at a franchise that we’ve known all our lives.”
Of course, on the subject of new and fresh there’s the character played by John Boyega, Finn. It seems that Finn is the titular subject, the one in which the Force is awoken in, and given the fact that when we first meet him he’s a Stormtrooper, he has a unique perspective on Luke Skywalker.
“For Finn, he’s been raised from the ashes of the Empire. He’s been taught about Luke Skywalker, he knows about his history,” Boyega told EW. “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?”
As I’m sure you need no reminding Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be in theaters everywhere on December 18.