Though Mark Hamill’s name is right alongside Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher’s in the credits for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the actor’s face and presence have been notably absent from all the marketing material for the film so far – not the poster, the previews, the tie-in merchandise, nothing.
Only one shot seen in numerous trailers, a hooded figure with a robotic hand petting R2-D2, is thought to be Luke Skywalker – but no-one has yet officially confirmed it. That has generated the obvious quesiton of where is he?
The Sydney Morning Herald recently caught up with the film’s director J. J. Abrams and straight up asked him that question. He deflected: “These are good questions to be asking. I can’t wait for you to find out the answers.” Pushed further, he did confirm that “it’s no accident” Luke has been absent from the trailers.
That certainly implies the character will serve an important plot point in the movie itself. Meanwhile Abrams says the visual effects work on the film is ongoing and probably won’t be done for a few weeks yet – even though the final cut of the film will be done before that. There’s also another scoring session with John Williams still yet to take place.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens on December 18th 2015. In related news, a fan named Medley Weaver has cut together a trailer for the original “Star Wars” trilogy in the style of last week’s ‘Force Awakens’ trailer.