JJ Abrams briefly talks about Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
If there is one thing fans want to know about Star Wars: The Force Awakens it is "Where is Luke Skywalker?" So far Luke has been missing from all footage and promotional materials. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly director J.J. Abrams spoke about Luke's story and how other characters in the upcoming film may perceive him.
(There are NO spoilers on the character of Luke in this passage.)
"“It was the thing that struck me the hardest, which was the idea that doing a story that took place nearly 40 years after Jedi meant that there would be a generation for whom Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia would be as good as myth,” Abrams says. “They’d be as old and as mythic as the tale of King Arthur. They would be characters who they may have heard of, but maybe not. They’d be characters who they might believe existed, or just sounded like a fairy tale.”
This is especially true of Daisy Ridley’s Rey, a young woman who was abandoned on the desert world of Jakku as a child and forced to eke out a meager existence as a scavenger amid its battlefield junkyards.
“To someone who is living alone and struggling without a formal education or support system, who knows what that person in the literal middle of nowhere would have ever heard about any of these things, or would ever know, and how much that person would have to infer and piece together on their own,” Abrams says. “So the idea that someone like that would begin to learn that the Jedi were real, and that the Force exists, and that there’s a power in the universe that sounds fanciful but is actually possible, was an incredibly intriguing notion.”
John Boyega’s Finn, raised from childhood to be a stormtrooper for The First Order, has actually heard of Luke Skywalker, but he was given a starkly different picture of him. “For Finn, he’s been raised from the ashes of the Empire,” says Boyega. “He’s been taught about Luke Skywalker, he knows about his history. For him it’s like joining the army and then learning about one of the great enemies of your country. It has that effect on him. But in terms of the Force, and the magical stuff that happens, that is the point where Finn kind of questions what is what. What is the Force, what part does Luke Skywalker play in all of this?”"I actually love that we haven't gotten to see Luke yet and that his role in the film hasn't been leaked. It really adds to the mystery and anticipation of the film. One thing is for sure, when Luke makes his first appearance ce on screen the audience is going to go crazy (myself included).
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be in theaters on December 18, 2015.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly