Star Wars director J.J. Abrams explained Luke Skywalker’s absence from promotional material for the upcoming Star Wars movie, as the film rapidly approaches its release. Abrams said he avoided making Luke a central theme of the marketing campaign in an attempt to avoid giving away too much of the film.
“I really want to make sure that we’re not ruining the movie for people,” he said in an interview on the Howard Stern Show via Squareeyed: “I hate when I see a trailer and I feel like I’ve seen the whole movie in an encapsulated form.”
Fans have speculated on Skywalker’s absence since the release of the film’s first promotional material. Han Solo and Princess Leia both appear, but Skywalker is conspicuously absent. The most we’ve seen of him has been a hand.
While Abrams still won’t reveal exactly what happened to Skywalker, although he did reveal the first spoken word in the new movie in an appearance with Jimmy Kimmel last week.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens hits theatres on December 17th, 2015, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.