‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Posters Showcase Han and Leia – But Still No Luke

As the Dec. 18 release date for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” looms, Disney and Lucasfilm have unveiled a series of new character posters featuring Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley), with all except Leia holding up their weapon of choice.

The images are the latest in an expansive promotional push for the hotly-anticipated film, which broke records last month for ticket presales, launched in conjunction with the final trailer.

Much like the previously released theatrical one sheet and all of the trailers, Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker is conspicuously absent from the promotional materials (although we may have seen a shot of his robotic hand reaching out for trusty droid R2-D2), an omission that director J.J. Abrams recently told the Associated Press is “no accident.”

Where is Luke and what happened to him? “These are good questions to be asking; I can’t wait for you to find out the answer,” the notoriously cagey director teased.

Luke Skywalker may be the driving force behind the narrative of the upcoming “Star Wars” sequel, in fact. Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy previously admitted that she piqued Abrams’ interest in signing on to “The Force Awakens” by posing the director a simple question: “In the context of talking about story and laying out what we were thinking, I said one thing to him: ‘Who is Luke Skywalker?'”

But could that mean a turn to the Dark Side for our humble hero? Kennedy recently told Entertainment Weekly, “The themes and ideas that we all continue to talk about are the themes and ideas that were the inherent in the original movies. We’re looking, obviously, for aspiration, for characters who are conflicted between good and evil, dark and light … George [Lucas] spoke often about that tension in everybody between what’s good and bad. He always felt that it was easier to be bad than good. I’m not sure all people would agree, but I think that that’s always an interesting conflict to explore. So that’s a big part of the themes inside of ‘Episode VII.'”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens” hits theaters on Dec. 18.

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  1. 85wzen says:

    How you gonna make a movie about the Force when it’s not there anymore? Can any one of you explain this to me?

  2. Joseph says:

    So much left eye illuminati imagery

  3. Leia’s tactical display is entirely appropriate. Her weapon of choice is Army.

  4. H.M. says:

    When was the last time Carrie Fisher was featured on a film poster?

  5. Sgt. Slaughterhouse says:

    Do you??? Do you??? Do you FEEL the Force???

  6. Darryl Anka says:

    I’m going to start a rumor (at least I haven’t heard anyone else suggest this yet): Luke IS on the posters. Who’s the only masked figure? Why can’t we see whose face that is? Maybe Luke did turn to the Dark Side and changed his name (after all, his father did). Just sayin’

    • Tom says:

      Kylo Ren is played by Adam Driver. We see him briefly from behind without his hood and mask in the final moments of the new trailer, and there is an officially released shot of him without his mask in a snow scene. His face is perfectly visible. Kylo Ren is not Luke Skywalker.

  7. Jack Dillon says:

    Biggest clue the Luke has NOT turned to the Dark Side:

    Mark Hamill has a full-grown beard.

    There was never been a Dark Jedi with a full-on beard. Nor will there be! Obviously!

  8. Kylo Drake says:

    Movie is gonna be epic!! This might very well be the best Star Wars film ever!! Haters need to stay quiet..Big JJ Abram’s fan as well as Star Wars…all the haters are Ppl who don’t know who JJ is or his movies or any of the Star Wars films and characters…The Force is strong with this one…

  9. zion says:

    Luke is hanging out at Yoda’s old pad with Yodas ghost. Ren is Han Solo and Leas son, twin of the girl.

    • WorthyStyle says:

      That’s what I’ve always said since they announced the film! Glad to see someone else agrees. That was a great plot point from the book series (Jacen and Jaina born around 9 ABY) – “Rey” and “Kylo Ren” are twin siblings from Han and Leia’s marriage… and Luke is now Yoda-like running a school for Jedi Knights. Maybe in this film series it starts around 40 ABY and Rey and Kylo Ren know each other exists but Kylo Ren is just too Dark whereas Rey is too good. Otherwise it’d be too duplicitous to have them not know each other exists… right? The dialogue of Rey on the Millennium Falcon with Han did make a few of us wonder if our they-are-related theory was null and void though. Plus, Abrams said it was intentional that Rey doesn’t have a full name shared with us yet. I wonder if maybe she’s trying to avoid “The Force” and ignore her amazing lineage… denial as a young adult situation. Maybe Leia is still protecting her like Yoda did and separated the children for their safety… Regardless, cannot wait.

  10. Alex says:

    Spoiler alert!! There is a poster with Luke, do they really think they’re that slick? Everyone has figured it out already! THIS MOVIE IS GOING TO SUCK!!

    • Luke says:

      1) That would be the most cliche plot of all time and too similar to the Anakin to Vader evolution
      2) I’m sorry but Kylo Ren is far too thin to be Mark Hamhill
      3) This movie will be AMAZING.

    • Daniel says:

      Kylo Ren is NOT Luke.

      Luke knows how to build a proper lightsaber whereas the one Ren uses is an unstable, amateurish attempt at reverse-engineering one. The “crossguard” is the result of him having to build in two extra emitters in order to vent excess energy and you can clearly see in his poster that the blade is still spitting sparks and has electrical arcs along the side.

      Luke didn’t put on a mask and become a Sith Lord. He’s in hiding.

    • Dunstan says:

      Alex, even if “everyone has figured it out already,” you have no way of knowing the “movie is going to suck.”

      So take two aspirin and don’t call me in the morning.

      Oh, and spare us your inane comments.

    • Leticia Robbins says:

      Have a coke and a smile and shut the hell up. Dick.

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