Who is Snoke? Who are Rey’s parents? Is Luke evil?!
These topics have been discussed endlessly since The Force Awakens, but the “Luke is Snoke” and “Luke is Evil” fan theories have gotten more and more traction, especially as so many promotion materials, from trailer to toy displays, paint Luke in a dark or gray light. Often literally.
Almost every official poster of The Last Jedi features Luke in an imposing, glaring, dominating position on the frame, implying that he’s a force to be reckoned with.
He almost looks like Senator Palpatine in this one!
While he might be opposed to Kylo in this poster, they’re both in red, he’s higher up and looking downward, and he’s on the left side of the frame. (In classic film techniques, like the films Star Wars copy, the left side of a frame is dedicated to villains).
And then let’s not even talk about his dubious lines in the trailer: “It’s time for the jedi to end.”
So is Luke evil?
It seems that Lucasfilm is pushing these theories almost on purpose.
Not only would it be consistent with the materials, but it would be fairly consistent with what actor Mark Hamill has had to say about his role:
“I at one point had to say to Rian, ‘I pretty much fundamentally disagree with every choice you’ve made for this character. Now, having said that, I have gotten it off my chest, and my job now is to take what you’ve created and do my best to realize your vision.’”
It would makes sense that Hamill would be against having Luke turn evil; however, he was one of the firsts to flaunt the newest Japanese poster that doesn’t feature him in a dark or evil light:
Hey you Dark Side theorists: Look who's looming at the back of the poster now! Another clue for you all… #TheWalrusWasPaul #WaitForVIII pic.twitter.com/ojizOaoYKu
— @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) November 1, 2017
But there’s one thing Mister @HamillHimself has been consistently telling fans: be patient.
Over the years, he’s consistently maintained that fans should not spoil themselves, at one point comparing films to surprise parties in which everyone works really hard for a few hours. He wants you to be surprised when you turn on the light!
Does that mean the Luke-is-evil crowd is onto something? Will theorists spoil themselves? Or will the film itself be much more boring by comparison?
Hard to stay, but Hamill seems to want the topic to go away in either case.
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