Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hasn’t even hit theaters yet, and the conversation is already turning to the next installment in the main saga, the currently-untitled Star Wars Episode VIII. This isn’t altogether surprising. Unlike most entries in the well-worn saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens left us with one heck of a cliffhanger.
Luke Skywalker may not have been in the movie much, but his presence permeated the film. The entire plot hinged around the Resistance and their desire to find Luke Skywalker, who had mysteriously disappeared. In the closing moments, Rey ventured to a distant rock on a distant planet, only to find Luke staring mysteriously into the distance at the top of the rock. Rey held out Luke’s old lightsaber, and in one swift, frustrating move, the film cut to the credits, not even allowing the audiences to indulge in Luke’s dulcet tones.
Given that Star Wars Episode VIII will pick up after that now-iconic shot, you can bet Lucasfilm damn well knows they’d better let Luke talk this time around. Teasing is one thing, but cruelty is another altogether. But, will we actually get to hear him before the film drops next year? That’s a question we’d like to know the answer to. Is the impact taken away from the reveal in the film proper if in the first trailer we hear Luke speaking? Fans will likely have conflicting views on that, but we’re now hearing some rumblings that he may indeed be speaking in that first trailer.
Before we go any further, it’s important to state that the authenticity of this rumor is quite questionable — even from the YouTuber who broke it a few days back. So take this all with a grain of salt.
According to YouTuber Mike Zeroh, who has been approached by “multiple individuals,” Luke Skywalker will indeed speak in the upcoming teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VIII, and the line that the Jedi will utter is:
“You contain the spark that will rekindle the fire.”
It’s definitely a cheesy faux-losophy kind of line we can lovingly expect from Star Wars, and we’re all for it over here at LRM Online. That being said, it can’t be forgotten that even in one of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teasers, we had an older Luke repeating some lines from Return of the Jedi, and that didn’t end up actually making it into the 2015 continuation. While I can’t say whether or not the same will happen with these lines, there is always the possibility that everything will change in context of the finished project. So even if this ends up as true, it may not make the final cut, or it may even carry a different meaning when all said and done.
Regardless, seeing Mark Hamill actually physically deliver a Luke Skywalker line on film for the first time in decades is something to rejoice, so while I can’t voice for the credibility of this rumor, I do hope it’s true.
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Star Wars Episode VIII hits theaters on December 15, 2017.