Where Is Luke Skywalker? Fan Theories Go Berserk After Mark Hamill Goes M.I.A. on New Star Wars Poster
Is this a Jedi mind trick?
The hotly anticipated new poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted over the weekend, instantly ratcheting up fan fervor as the film’s Dec. 18 opening date creeps closer – and ahead of the release of the film’s full-length trailer Monday night.
But one person was conspicuously missing from the one-sheet: Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, whose absence stuck out more glaringly than an obliterated Alderaan in space.
Indeed, other Star Wars vets scored some plum face time – including returning stars Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, plus trusty sidekicks R2-D2, C-3PO and Chewbacca – along with franchise newcomers Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver and John Boyega (who posted a short clip teasing the debut of the full trailer.)
Hamill, however – whose addition to The Force Awakens cast was announced with thunderous fanfare – remains gnawingly M.I.A. from the poster.
The omission is a telling one, considering that the actor’s name is prominently listed in the poster’s credits, Luke Skywalker got a clear shout-out in the teaser trailer, and Hamill was snapped during the cast’s much-hyped first table read, in April 2014 in London.
Star Wars devotees promptly went into overdrive, theorizing about Luke’s whereabouts.
Here’s some of fans’ most tantalizing Twitter talk: