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JJ Abrams admits Luke Skywalker trailer omission is no accident

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Story by Jack Foley

LUKE Skywalker’s omission from the final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is entirely deliberate, according to director JJ Abrams.

The latest trailer, which debuted on October 19, sparked numerous conspiracy theories among Star Wars fans over why Skywalker does not appear, especially since the original trilogy placed him as the central character, and in light of a past interview with Abrams in which the filmmaker said he felt compelled to make the film because of one single question: “Who is Luke Skywalker?”

Primary among the theories is that Skywalker – to be played, once more, by Mark Hamill – has turned to the dark side and might be working with the film’s new villain Kylo Ren, while others have speculated that a hooded figure who places a black, artificial hand on the droid R2-D2 might be the Jedi Knight in disguise.

Speaking to the Associated Press at the GLSEN Respect Awards, Abrams responded to a question asking if there was a reason why Skywalker was absent by confirming: “It’s no accident… These are good questions to be asking. I can’t wait for you to find out the answers.”

In the same interview, Abrams also revealed that he has yet to complete work on the movie, which is due for release in UK cinemas on December 17.

“My guess is we’ll probably be doing visual effects for the next three or four weeks, even though the cut will be done,” he continued. “We still have another scoring session with John Williams, who’s a god when it comes to music, so it’s been an ongoing, surreal experience. I just cannot wait for the movie to be out in the world.”

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