If you’ve been confused about Luke Skywalker’s state of mind from the trailers and promotional images for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, then this new quote from Mark Hamill should clear things up…
When actor Mark Hamill appeared in the first teaser for Star Wars: The Last Jedi during the 2017 Star Wars Celebration, his iconic character Luke Skywalker uttered a phrase that seemed to send shockwaves through fandom — “It’s time for the Jedi to end.”
That phrase, along with images of a much darker and haunted looking Luke Skywalker has caused Star Wars fans to wonder if the one-time Light Side paragon would succumb to the siren call of the Dark Side of the Force.
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Well, thanks to a an all-new quote from Hamill in the Disney Rewards magazine, we can now put all doubt to rest, as the actor made a clear and concise statement as to Luke’s Force leanings in the film.
"In ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ Luke has lost confidence in his ability to make good choices. It haunts him to the core. But he hasn’t gone to the dark side. This isn’t an evil version of him. But it’s still an incarnation of the character I never expected. It has pulled me out of my comfort zone. It’s a real challenge."
To see Hamill says Luke hasn’t gone to the Dark Side should be quite comforting for fans who worried director Rian Johnson was going to do something radical with a character that once told the Emperor — in Return of the Jedi — “I’ll never turn to the dark side. You’ve failed, Your Highness. I am a Jedi, like my father before me.”
Now that we know Luke won’t turn to the Dark Side, concern should swing toward Rey, who we know from the full cinematic trailer, will be tortured by Snoke, in his throne room, at some point in the film.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters worldwide on December 15.