Luke Skywalker may be back using a lightsaber in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Like The Force Awakens and Rogue One before it, details on The Last Jedi have been scarce. We've heard rumors, seen a few official stills, and been given a short teaser. Beyond that, there's still a lot of mystery surrounding this December's return to the Skywalker Saga. Still, every little thing that has been revealed so far has been interesting. And thanks to D23 this past weekend, promotion for the film has been taken up a notch.
Though we're yet to see a second trailer, Lucasfilm unveiled a behind-the-scenes sizzle reel. In it, we get a number of looks at the mechanics of the film, along with a few new shots of footage from the movie. Last weekend's event also unveiled some new posters focused on the main characters of the film, though they were just as cryptic as everything else we've seen. As for what the actors are saying about the movie, their comments have been vague yet tantalizing.
Fandago chatted with Mark Hamill about his role as Luke in The Last Jedi where he touched upon once again wielding a lightsaber and how it fits into his character's new philosophy.
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Underneath the wonky editing and baseless claims of a battle, the video is interesting for Hamill's comments. The actor seems to imply he does indeed pick up a blade again. The question, then, is what lightsaber is he using?
We know he isn't the owner of the Skywalker lightsaber, which Lucasfilm has confirmed is now owned by Rey, but it's unknown if he's been using his self-crafted one last seen on his belt at the end of Return of the Jedi. There's also the question Hamill raises as to what Luke's proclamation about the Jedi ending means for their ceremonial weapon. While plenty of non-Jedi use lightsabers, it will be interesting to see Episode VIII draw connections between the weapon and the faith.
Thanks to a new synopsis for Rian Johnson's film, we know age old aspects of the Force will be explored. Though previous films have touched on these ideas, it's mostly been other media that has explored the history of the Force, the Jedi, and lightsabers. With The Last Jedi, we may get our deepest dive yet into the lore surrounding the Jedi Order - and what it will mean moving forward.
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019