J.J. Abrams Talks Luke Skywalker’s Absence From the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer
Disney and Lucasfilm are trying very hard to preserve the secrets of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There are reports that the film won’t screen for critics until the day before it opens in theaters. And there are rumors that not only will there be no more trailers, but that the TV spots that run won’t use any new footage and everything you’ve seen so far, is all you’re going to get. But, even as they try to keep a carbonite fist on spoilers, J.J. Abrams has to leave his house. As much as Disney would like, they can’t keep him chained up in a Rancor pit until December 17. The dude has to go out in public. And that he did just the other day, and as people shouted at him “LUKE!!! WHERE’S LUKE!!!!” he was obliged to answer.
Of course, Abrams answered in that way that only a master of the Mystery Box can. At an event for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (good on ya, J.J. for supporting such a cause) in Los Angeles, Abrams was literally shouted upon as he walked the red carpet. With a wry smile, Abrams just shook his head and said, “These are good questions to be asking…”
After some prodding, Abrams did say that it was “no accident” that Luke has been largely missing from all the Star Wars marketing materials so far. When someone pleaded WHAT DOES THAT MEAN???, he added, “I can’t wait for you to find out the answer.”
He did not, however, correct the screaming throngs by mentioning the Luke IS in the trailer. This is him, metal hand and all, hanging out by a campfire/funeral pyre with old buddy R2-D2.
Abrams also did not address the ridiculous rumor that Luke Skywalker is Kylo Ren. As we previously mentioned, a few conspiracy minded Star Wars fans have come up with the fan theory that a) because we haven’t seen Luke and, b) because Kylo Ren wears a mask, then Luke Skywalker = Kylo Ren. And, if you really want to know why Luke Skywalker has been absent, it’s because his appearance would give away a big secret that Disney and Lucasfilm are trying to preserve (see: the beginning of the very article). We promise it’s not because Lucasfilm and J.J. Abrams just enjoy torturing you.
You can see Luke Skywalker for yourself when Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18.