‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Director Confirms Luke’s Absence is “No Accident”

By October 27, 2015

J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, and the rest of the marketing team at Lucasfilm and Disney have done a spectacular job at promoting Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens up until this point. Even the most recent official trailer for the film managed to show us more spectacular visuals and give us some new interesting character details, without giving away anything about the film’s actual story. We still have no idea what The Force Awakens is even about, and with the movie two months away from its theatrical release too – I think it’s going to stay that way.

Out of all of the posters, images, and trailers that have been released so far, there’s been one key character missing from the film’s promotion though, and that Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker. There’s been a lot of talk over the past few weeks about why Abrams and co. are refusing to show us anything involving Luke in the film, and while we here at GeekNation firmly believe that he is not Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) like some fans have speculated, it does provide an even more interesting aspect of mystery to the film.

Looks like it’s all been planned out from the beginning too because after recently speaking with the Associated Press on a red carpet, J.J. Abrams confirmed that the exclusion of Luke from the film’s promotion has been intentional, but he wouldn’t reveal much more than that. Check out the video below:

It is interesting to hear and see not only his reaction to those Luke questions (that gleeful smile he got on his face), but also to get an update on how far into the film’s process they are. It sounds like The Force Awakens is incredibly close to being done at this point, with some more visuals still waiting to be completed, and one more scoring session left with the masterful John Williams, who’s iconic music was heavily referenced throughout the last trailer.

With the film officially less than two months away now though, it’ll be interesting to see how Disney and Lucasfilm are planning on promoting the movie through TV spots and clips over the coming weeks without revealing more than they already have. It’ll likely involve more voice overs on top of flashes of action, and while some fans out there might want to see more still, I’m more than okay with going into the theatres on December 17th with what I’ve already gotten so far. Nothing more, nothing less.

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.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • Matt Hooper

    He’s either Kylo Ren’s master, killed off early and is a force ghost the entire film, only seen in flashbacks, or JJ is saving him for a grand heroic entrance at the end of the film. The first two possibilities are being pushed upon the public by mentally ill Star Wars fans–and trolls.

    • I hear you. I’m not buying the the collective thinking of the internet that Luke is evil or the “master” of Kylo Ren. I think Snoke (Andy Serkis) is the “master” and Luke will make a grand entrance at the end, setting up the “Obi-Wan/Yoda roll of training new Jedi through VIII and IX. My thinking at least.

  • Shawn Balint

    I think he is Kylo Ren.

  • David Johnson

    Ohhh I want an Evil Luke,have Him turned Grumpy Old Sith yelling at kids to get off His Lawn!!!!

    • Laura

      I don’t. But thank you so much for the visual. Lol