Just yesterday we discussed the interesting fact that original Star Wars trilogy hero Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has been noticeably absent in the marketing materials for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. Luke is the only main character to not appear in the film's official poster nor is he present beyond a voice - and perhaps a shot of him cloaked - in the film's three teaser trailers to date.
And with that we can confirm you will not see Luke Skywalker's face - or him in action - in any of the trailers because there won't be any more. The Star Wars 7 trailer that debuted last week is indeed the final full-length trailer for the film.
The news comes from director J.J. Abrams himself who seems to be getting his wish of maintaining a sense of mystery about Star Wars 7. Perhaps that was part of what Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy had to promise Abrams when she finally convinced him to join the project. While attending the red carpet event for the GLSEN Respect Awards this week, Abrams told Extra that even though fans are dying for more clips and trailers for Star Wars 7, the latest trailer is the last of them.
“We’re getting very close, the next thing’s really gonna be the movie. There will be commercials, but no more trailers… We’ve all been working really hard to give people something that will be special to them. Our fingers are just very tightly crossed that when people see the movie they’ll like it.”
This is the same event where Abrams also teased that there's a very good reason as to why Luke Skywalker is absent from the marketing materials. That's an especially interesting mystery, given that Kennedy only got Abrams to say yes to directing by asking one simple question: "Who is Luke Skywalker?"
Extra also tried to dig for a big potential spoiler by asking the director if there's any truth to rumors that Luke could actually be an antagonist in the new trilogy, to which Abrams replied:
“I saw that too, I’m always interested in seeing people’s theories. What’ll be cool when people finally see the movie and see what it really is. Hopefully some people will say, ‘I was right,’ other people will be like, ‘All right! You want people to be debating things even before the movie comes out, it’s a dream!'”
We couldn't be happier to know that fans will have to wait for The Force Awakens to release in theaters before all of the big reveals. Disney and Lucasfilm don't need to show much, and certainly don't need to reveal any additional details to draw in audiences. Just the trailer alone helped set records and kickstart pre-ticket sales that also set records. That being said, we hope as we approach the late mid-December release date that TV spots don't start spoiling plot details like Disney infamously does with their Marvel Studios ads...
The film is directed by J.J. Abrams and stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th, 2015, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.