A new Star Wars trading card depicts what seems to be Luke Skywalker's final costume from The Last Jedi. Following the Jedi Master's wordless cameo at the very end of The Force Awakens, the character is set to have a far more substantial role in the highly-anticipated sequel, and fans couldn't be more excited. Lucasfilm, as always, has done an admirable job of keeping plot details under lock and key, but some details about Luke have been revealed over these past few months. In addition to his belief it's time for the Jedi to end, Skywalker is searching for the first Jedi Temple on Ahch-To and he won't be very welcoming towards Rey when the two first interact.
Another aspect about Luke in The Last Jedi that's received some coverage is his wardrobe. Since Episode VIII picks up just moments after its predecessor, Luke will be seen wearing the white robes he sported during The Force Awakens' final scene. However, it's well-known he will have a costume change at some point, sliding into an outfit that's darker in color. In some official images and merchandise (like the Funko Pop), Luke is in all-brown attire that resembles Anakin's main costume from Revenge of the Sith. Now, Luke's new duds get a moment in the spotlight thanks to the latest addition to Topps' ever-growing Star Wars card collection.
Appearing on the Star Wars Card Trader mobile app (via Making Star Wars) is an illustration showing the grizzled Luke in his Last Jedi costume. It looks like it could either be a piece of concept art from pre-production on the film or an artist rendering commissioned by Topps for a stylized card. You can check it out in the space below:
From a visual storytelling perspective, Luke's costume could be an illustration of his damaged psyche. In the years since Return of the Jedi, Skywalker became a broken man consumed by guilt after Ben Solo turned to the dark side and became Kylo Ren. His investment in Rey's training indicates Luke hasn't completely given up on the light, but whatever path he's discovered potentially could blend the two. This wouldn't be the first time Star Wars movies used these kind of cues to tease Luke's potential arc. In Return, he was decked in all-black, which was meant to symbolize his temptation to become a Sith. At this point, anything is possible in The Last Jedi, as Rian Johnson's script took Mark Hamill by surprise with the directions it went in. An alleged mockup of an "antagonists" Star Wars 8 theatrical poster even showed Luke, signaling he may not be the hero we all remember.
Lucasfilm has yet to debut a new trailer and the bevy of TV spots, so it will be interesting to see how much else of Luke's role is uncovered in the advertising. Hamill himself advised fans to avoid promotional materials from here on out, but it's unlikely there's anything too revealing in what's to come over the next couple of months. By the virtue of being the new Star Wars, Lucasfilm doesn't have to overdo it in terms of marketing, so whatever new footage comes out between now and December should essentially be spoiler-free. The fall will provide plenty of teases, but fans have to wait for the winter to learn all.
Source: Making Star Wars
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
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