Ever since the supposedly final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens dropped last week and smashed every YouTube record in sight, there’s been one burning question towering above everything else in the mountains of analysis that have been published in the last week: where in the hell is Luke Skywalker?
So, we already know that Mark Hamill is definitely returning alongside fellow original stars Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. However, although we’ve seen Han and Leia out in full force in the footage released, Luke has remained suspiciously absent throughout bar an electronic hand touching R2-D2 that may not even be his!
It comes as no surprise, then, to hear that The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams was bombarded with questions about Luke when he attended an Associated Press red carpet event in America.
“These are good questions to be asking. I can’t wait for you to find out the answer,” Abrams replied, admirably refusing to be drawn in on the line of questioning and keeping his spoiler-free marketing strategy very much in place. “It’s no accident,” he confirmed, when asked if there was ‘a reason.’
Abrams also provided an update on what stage the post-production process is in, confirming that he will be tied up in visual effects tweaking for the next few weeks.
“The visual FX process goes on for so long, that my guess is that we’ll probably be doing visual FX for the next three or four weeks, even though the cut will be done before then,” he explained.
It sounds like a final cut is finally in sight for Abrams and his team. He also mentioned music, telling the press that “we still have another scoring session with John Williams, who’s a god when it comes to music.” We can’t wait for the score, we can’t wait to see what happens to Luke – hell we just can’t bloody wait for the whole film!