Cutting to the Chase: Luke Skywalker is NOT Kylo Ren

By October 22, 2015
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Let’s just cut to the chase: Luke Skywalker is NOT Kylo Ren in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.

This is a rumor that has been gaining quite a lot of traction over the past few days, and while we here at GeekNation are more than happy to spend our time speculating about Star Wars, this one has gone too far in our humble opinions.

A lot of this stems from the fact that Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has been, almost, completely absent from any of the trailers and promotional materials released from the film thus far. We also believe that’s his hand patting R2-D2 in the second teaser, and that’s definitely his voice over as well; but that’s about it. He’s not even on the poster!

Because of it, a lot of people have assumed this is because J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm cannot show Luke without spoiling a major twist in the film instead of ya know, just wanting to keep as much about the film as secret as they can. While this is a somewhat understandable conclusion, we also have yet to see anything from Andy Serkis’ Supreme Leader Snoke (except for his voice), Domhnall Gleeson’s General Hux, or Max von Sydow’s still unknown character. Just because we haven’t seen Luke in any of the trailers or images, doesn’t mean he’s gone evil. It could just mean the creative team wants to save as much of his character for the film itself.

But fine, if you want to think that Luke has gone over to the Dark Side, we might not agree, but we’re not going to rain on your parade. However, this idea that Luke is actually Kylo Ren is something we cannot hear without rolling our eyes and igniting our lightsabers, ready for battle.

Let’s stop and think about why using some good ole’ fashioned logic.

darth vader helmetOne of the coolest moments in the final trailer is when Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is speaking directly to Darth Vader’s helmet, promising to finish what he believes Vader himself started. This not only establishes Ren as a Sith-obsessed maniac, but also gives his character a strong tie to the Original Trilogy. But it also capitalizes on something a lot of people have forgotten about Return of the Jedi too…

Luke was the only one who witnessed Vader’s final redemption.

He’s one of the few major characters in the franchise to interact with Emperor Palpatine as well. Outside of that, as far as anyone else knows, Vader was the face of the Empire and was evil right up until the moment he lost his life in the burning Death Star.

Sure, Leia (Carrie Fisher) might have sensed it and maybe someone from the Endor celebration snuck away from the party long enough to witness the burning of Vader’s body, but as far as the rest of the Galaxy is concerned, Vader was bad all the way to the very end. Kylo Ren worshiping Vader would therefore, make sense.

However, if Kylo Ren IS Luke Skywalker then why wouldn’t he be worshiping a shrine of the Emperor? Luke was well-aware of the Emperor’s plan all along and would not be promising to finish what his father started because he didn’t start it. We will also not accept Luke as the “master” to Kylo Ren either. The same logic holds here – if Luke fell to the Dark Side somewhere after Jedi and before Awakens and is Master to Kylo Ren’s apprentice then he would have told Kylo Ren everything about the Emperor’s plan.

Point number two – that very sloppy/makeshift lightsaber that Kylo Ren wields (and is one of the coolest parts about his character so far for us fans) is another reason why he’s most definitely NOT Luke Skywalker. Why?

luke lightsaberBecause Luke can build a fully-functioning, clean looking lightsaber! He created his green lightsaber in the time between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi (Daddy Vader approved) so based on that reasoning, there is no way he would create another, lesser version.

This brings us to the final, and most obvious point…

We see Kylo Ren unmasked at the end of the final trailer.

kylo ren unmaskedI’m sorry, last we checked, Mark Hamill does not have long, flowing locks of black hair. You know who does? Adam Driver. J.J. learned from his mistakes in Star Trek: Into Darkness when he fake-cast Benedict Cumberbatch as a new character named John Harrison, and I don’t think having The Force Awakens’ major twist involves Luke being the real Kylo Ren (let’s not forget about what happened in Iron Man 3 people). That’s not something J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Lawrence Kasdan, or anyone else involved in the film would do.

So no, Luke Skywalker is not actually Kylo Ren, and to all of you posting that Dinner For Five video where Mark Hamill talks about wanting to turn Luke evil at the end of Return of the Jedi in 2005 as evidence, let’s all take a step back and think about what everyone said about Star Wars in 2005. Try not to dig up a failed idea from the past as evidence for now.

Okay, we’re going to go and watch that trailer about a million other times now, we’ll see you later.

(“Cutting to the Chase” is a new feature we’ll be running here and there at GeekNation, where we’ll use it to settle (or expand) on theories and/or discussions running rampant on the Internet).

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is set to hit theatres on December 18th.

Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.

This article was co-authored by Alex Welch & Mark Reilly.

Mark Reilly
Born a geek a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away - Tustin, CA - Reilly is a seasoned writer and producer with over twenty years experience in the film industry. He is the co-host of 'Far, Far Away' here on GeekNation as well as 'Meet the Movie Press' on the Popcorn Talk Network; which airs live every Friday morning at 9am pst. Tweet him at @Reillyaround