At this point, who the hell even knows how many rumors there have been about the plot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and however many there are, there are only going to be dozens more before we hit the December 18 release date. With all the swirling, conflicting reports, we don’t know what to believe, and we won’t know anything for certain until we finally sit down in that darkened theater—Disney, Lucasfilm, and J.J. Abrams sure as hell aren’t going to tell us much, if anything. But returning franchise star Mark Hamill have outed one of the biggest rumors floating around as being total BS.
Just a warning, there are potential spoilers beyond this point, but you probably already knew that.
Last fall a report started making the rounds that, while unconfirmed, was still totally huge enough to throw Star Wars fans for a loop. We won’t get into the specifics, but the general idea was that Luke Skywalker, unable to completely resist the lure of the Dark Side of the Force, would start down a path blazed by his father, Darth Vader.
That, however, doesn’t appear to be the case. Hamill, pumping up his new movie, Kingsman: The Secret Service, which you should totally go see even though it’s not all that sci-fi, stopped by the Schmoes Know podcast, and, as it always does, the subject of Star Wars came up. He talked, in vague terms, about Luke’s arc and where he is in the new films, saying:
Well, part of the answer to that question involves what I thought of the script to my final chapter. The way Episode [VI] indicated that Luke would be terribly conflicted and possibly be giving in to his darker impulses to achieve short term goals. Now I had no question that he would redeem himself at the very end, but I thought as dangerous as the Empire was that George would go in the direction of me betraying someone before I realized the error of my ways, Ebenezer Scrooge style. So I was enormously mislead. I mean I was completely wrong on that assumption.
Part of the earlier rumor was that Luke, who has reportedly been missing for some time, has become evil and twisted by the Dark Side, hiding out in isolation. One of the most recent reports we’ve heard, however, while supporting the hiding out portion, indicates that he is trying to protect an ancient burial site that houses an old Sith power, keeping it from falling into the wrong hands. Though he is said to be conflicted, tortured by visions and spirits, it sounds like he is still very much working for the good guys in this scenario, and when you combine that with what Hamill said, it appears to support that.
That earlier report was based heavily of pieces of concept art, which, perhaps taken out of context, could have been misinterpreted by whoever saw them. Or it could be misinformation, or it could be some complete and total nonsense. Again, we won’t know what is or isn’t true until Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens later this year, but however it turns out, we can’t wait to watch.