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Yes, Luke Skywalker Is Missing from Our Star Wars Cover, Too – but We Learned New Clues About Him

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For PEOPLE’s new Star Wars: The Force Awakens special issue, the talented artists at Disney helped design this exclusive magazine cover. In a reworking of the movie’s much buzzed-about poster, Han Solo and Princess-turned-General Leia are now front-and-center to help celebrate the legacy of the saga, along with the new faces in the galaxy and, of course, Leia’s latest stunning hairdo. Impressive, most impressive.

But there’s still no Luke Skywalker. Mark Hamill (and many of his costars and the movie’s behind-the-scenes power players) talked to PEOPLE for this issue, but just like in the posters, the trailers, the TV spots and the toys, the last Jedi has yet to show his face.

See exclusive photos, get a first look at new characters and learn more secrets from the cast and crew of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in PEOPLE’s Star Wars collector’s edition, on newsstands Dec. 9. And for more exclusive Star Wars news, come back to PEOPLE.com every day until it hits theaters Dec. 18

While fans continue to ask, “Where is Luke Skywalker?”, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy tells PEOPLE the question on her mind is “Who is Luke Skywalker?” “That was one of the questions that might be asked by one of the characters inside Episode VII,” she says.

RELATED: Director J.J. Abrams Shows Star Wars: The Force Awakens to Disney Executives

Cinematographer Dan Mindel admitted to PEOPLE that filming the scene finally revealing Luke Skywalker was intense, especially because The Force Awakens was shot the old-school way – on film, like the original trilogy. So unlike digital footage, the scene couldn’t be viewed right away. “We had to walk away from that scene not knowing, at that level, what we had,” he says. “I mean, we all knew what we had shot, but to wait and see, that was really very nerve-racking for me.”

The mystery of Luke may bring the new and familiar faces together. As director J.J. Abrams tells PEOPLE, The Force Awakens is “ultimately about family, friendship and loyalty.”