The lack of Mark Hamill in any of the three Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailers released so far has been a source of intrigue and frustration for fans in these days leading up to the release of the seventh Star Wars film. Even the recently released poster for the film featured images of the other returning characters – Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, C-3PO and R2-D2 – but no sign of Hamill or his iconic character Luke Skywalker. What the deuce? As it turns out, according to director J.J. Abrams, “Where is Luke Skywalker?” is exactly the question you should be asking walking into Star Wars in December.
“Exactly,” the master of the mystery box Abrams told the Sydney Morning Herald. “These are good questions to be asking. I can’t wait for you to find out the answers.”
Well thanks for the insight J.J.
Abrams added that “It’s no accident,” that we have yet to see Luke in any officially released material because the questions of where he is, what head space he’s in, and what he’s been up to since the end of Return of the Jedi are all key to the plot of The Force Awakens. Many have assumed that the hooded figure that lays his robot hand on R2 in the second trailer is Luke, but that has not been confirmed.
In other news, Abrams told the Herald that there’s about a month left on post including weeks of visual effects work and a scoring session with John Williams. “The visual effects process goes on for so long that my guess is that we’ll be doing visual effects for the next three or four week, even though the cut will be done before then,” Abrams said. “We still have another scoring session with John Williams, who is a god when it comes to music. It’s been an ongoing surreal experience and I just cannot wait for the movie to be out in the world.”
We can’t wait either, but we will have to until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters everywhere on December 18.