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What do we have in common with the characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens? We’re searching for Luke Skywalker. In every nook and in every cranny, we’ve searched high and low to get even the slightest glimpse of the iconic Jedi Master. Luckily the upcoming Blu-Ray release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens did us all a favor and gave us a brief but oh-so-wonderful glance at Mark Hamill’s iconic Star Wars hero. Check it out below.
That image comes to us courtesy of the official Star Wars Movies Facebook page. It’s not much, but dammit we'll take whatever we can get. Anyone who has seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens will recognize that small image of Luke Skywalker. The picture shows Mark Hamill as the former Jedi turned bearded recluse adorned in a traditional Jedi cloak looking out over the sea while living in exile on a mysterious planet.
Overall the image presents more questions than answers. Despite the fact that we know Kylo Ren’s betrayal led to Luke giving up on his quest to restore the Jedi order, the details of how it all went down remain shaky at best. The hope remains that the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII in 2017 will do a lot to help fill in some of these narrative gaps.
Despite the fact that he was pretty much the focal point of everything that occurred in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Luke Skywalker didn’t even show up in the film until shortly before the credits rolled. Many fans complained about the saga’s main character barely having a presence in the film, but at the end of the day we think J.J. Abrams made the right call. The Force Awakens needed to take time to ensure that the newcomers to the Star Wars franchise had enough room to grow on audiences, and that simply could not have happened with Luke in the picture. Hell, Han Solo almost stole the entire show all by himself, so to overcrowd the film with other iconic characters could have ruined the entire affair.
While we’re all clamoring to see even more of Luke Skywalker – and finally hear him speak – we know it’s only a matter of time. The Force Awakens set him up to mentor Rey and essentially do for her what Yoda did for him. We will just have to wait and see how this all pans out when Star Wars: Episode VIII finally blasts its way into theaters on December 15, 2017.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available in Digital HD format on April 1, and the Blu-Ray edition of the film will be made available on April 5.