A large section of the Star Wars fanbase was left disappointed by the handling of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but despite his demise in the divisive 2017 blockbuster, Mark Hamill is set to reprise his role as the Jedi Knight in December’s closing chapter of the Disney Sequel Trilogy, Star Wars: Episode IX.
While nothing is known of Luke’s return (presumably as a Force Ghost), a new rumour has surfaced which suggests that the character of Luke Skywalker is going to be extremely important to the plot of the movie, particularly in its opening scenes.
Now, you’ll certainly need to have a pinch of salt at the ready for this one given that the source is YouTuber Mike Zeroh, but apparently some “leaked” storyboard artwork has revealed details about the first act of the movie and included the following:
“A sequence in which Kylo Ren is giving a lecture to the Knights of Ren about the threat of Luke Skywalker even after his death. The main weapon of the Resistance is spreading word throughout the galaxy about the brave act Luke made in Crait.
“Another scene describes Kylo Ren on his throne with the Knights of Ren kneeling before him and showing them a hologram of Luke, reminding them who the enemy really is.
“The next describes the Resistance inside a large base that is very similar to the Great Temple on Yavin 4. Rey and Leia are spreading the word of Skywalker and his act on Crait throughout the whole galaxy.”
We’ll have to wait until December to see if any of this rings true, but let us know in the comments below how you think Luke will factor into Episode IX…
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Star Wars: Episode IX is set for release on December 20th 2019 with J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) directing a cast that includes Star Wars veterans Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix), Greg Grunberg (Snap Wexley), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) and Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa) as well as new additions Naomi Ackie (Lady Mabeth), Richard E. Grant (Logan), Dominic Monaghan (Lost), Matt Smith (Doctor Who) and Keri Russell (The Americans).