– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Last week was one for the books for “Star Wars” fans. Between the release of the final trailer for the “The Force Awakens,” and the box office-shattering pre-sales records, there’s really been no better time to be a “Star Wars” geek. Of course, while the tickets selling well is a great sign, most fans spent hours poring over the trailer, nitpicking every little detail.

If you’ve somehow managed not to see the new trailer, you can take a gander below:

While most seemed to really enjoy what Lucasfilm had to show in this final trailer, there were definitely a lot more details that fans would’ve wanted to see. Sure, the trailer made it clear that our main players will indeed be Finn, Rey, and Kylo Ren, but we don’t really understand their goals, motivations, or the general plot of the film (granted, it’s “Star Wars.” Sometimes less is more, and you don’t need to reveal much to convince audiences to come). To top it all off, they also left out one major character from this trailer: Luke Skywalker.

So what does that mean for us?

“These are good questions to be asking,” director J.J. Abrams told the Sydney Morning Herald. “I can’t wait for you to find out the answer…it’s no accident.”

There have been many theories behind Luke Skywalker’s role in the film, though I’d be remiss not to throw up a spoiler warning, just in case someone wants to remain pure before the film’s opening night.


While none of this is confirmed, rumors range from Luke hiding out most of the movie, all the way to him having turned evil in his thirty-year absence from the big screen. Some speculate he may even be the big bad for the trilogy. Either way, it seems incredibly likely that most of us will be left wanting more Luke when the credits roll in “The Force Awakens.” I wouldn’t be surprised if the man pops up in the last ten minutes of the movie, does one crazy thing, and then leaves. While whether or not Luke will be a huge player in the overall trilogy is a huge question, I have little question that he’ll at least be an integral figure, be it for good or evil.

Abrams has always been a secretive filmmaker, and right now, it’s very clear how coy he’s being with Luke. Hopefully all this anticipation will have a satisfactory payoff.

So what do you think? What will Luke Skywalker’s role be in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” or the entire new trilogy as a whole? Let us know your thoughts and speculations below in the comments.

SOURCE: The Sydney Morning Herald

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.