There he is. This is the first picture of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker since 1983. Honestly, he looks a lot like I had imagined he would. A lot of Obi-Wan, but still the farm boy. There have been several articles on Episode VII released lately and I promised I wasn’t going to get into details, but I will say that what sold JJ Abrams on doing this film was the question “Who is Luke Skywalker?” The cryptic answer for now is “”War distorts any soul, and getting older always comes with compromises. Each one takes a piece of you — parts that can’t be replaced like a cybernetic hand.”
I think we all assumed the original trio were going to only be in Episode VII; that this trilogy wasn’t really their story, but I think it may end up being both the next generation’s and Luke’s. I think for whatever reason Luke has been hiding, he’s about to go through a metamorphosis as profound as the one he went through in the first three films. That excites me even more, and at this point I’m about as excited for this film as any since The Fellowship of the Ring, but I knew what was going to happen there largely. Here, and I have only indulged in very mild spoilers, I really have no idea what the story is, but for all that ignorance, I feel very confident that something special is about to happen. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens opens December 18, 2015.