– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Star Wars: The Last Jedi won’t be out for another eight-plus months, but that doesn’t stop the likes of J.J. Abrams from taunting audiences from what we’re missing. As we reported a few weeks back, the CEO of Disney, Bob Iger, has already seen the movie. Of course, the big news there was that they had a cut of the film to begin with this early on, which is encouraging. While they’ll likely be heading into reshoots soon — with notes taken from this early cut — you can bet that they’ll take this opportunity to tantalize us once more.

Well, it didn’t take long for Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams long to start waving one fact in our faces: the fact that we’ve yet to see Luke Skywalker utter a singleword. We expected that he’d have a little more to say in The Last Jedi, but now J.J. Abrams has gone and raised the expectations.

Speaking with New York Daily News, the director said:

“I think we are all going to be very upset if he does not win an Oscar, and no one more upset than Mark.”

Like any first impressions given from someone on the inside, we need to take his words with a grain of salt. Additionally, it’s worth noting that it’s impossible to gauge his tone from the text report. For all we know, he could have just been speaking from a pure, fanboy perspective, not a realistic one. Either that, or he could be kidding, and his last comments in regards to Mark potentially being upset seems to indicate as such. However, if we are to take this quote at face value (and we know we’re a bit foolish for doing so), this means we’ll have a lot to get excited about.

It makes us wonder what we can expect from the character this time around. What kind of emotional range will we see that would be worthy of an Oscar performance? We have to assume Luke will be having some internal struggle — why else would he maroon himself on a distant island on an even more distant planet? The possibilities of where this character can go are endless.

What do you think of Abrams’ comments? Do you think he was being serious when he said it, and do you trust him? Let us know your thoughts down below.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017.

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SOURCE: New York Daily News (via CinemaBlend)

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.