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Just like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Episode VIII has done a good job of keeping most of its plot a secret as its shooting. Fortunately, every now and then, director Rian Johnson has released images from the set teasing what’s coming in the next main Star Wars installment. He posted his latest one today that promises some exciting stuff in the upcoming movie: a cape inside of a cave. Hold for applause.
To commemorate Star Wars: Episode VIII nearly finishing principal photography (or as he called it, the "home stretch"), Johnson posted this photo on his Tumblr page of a cape/cloak on a hanger in either a cave or right next to a cliff face near some production equipment. Okay, so this isn’t really the plot-revealing look we could have gotten, but we’re still left wondering whether Johnson took this photo for a specific, mysterious reason or simply because they were laying around and he wanted to throw fans the proverbial bone.
While it’s impossible to tell what planet this cave is supposed to represent (perhaps it’s in another area of Ahch-To), there’s a strong chance that the cape/cloak belongs to Luke Skywalker. Despite setting out to rebuild the Jedi Order after Return of the Jedi, he was later betrayed by Kylo Ren, a.k.a. his nephew Ben, and the other Knights of Ren. We still don’t know specifically what went down, but it resulted in Luke being the galaxy’s only Jedi again…well, temporarily. Now that Rey found his hiding spot at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he’ll instruct her in the ways of the Force and presumably provide details about her past. Maybe the picture’s environment is where some of her training will occur, or perhaps a big fight will go down there, and moviegoers will finally see how much more powerful Luke since they last saw him in action during Return of the Jedi.
In contrast with the rumors and reshoot talk surrounding Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, details have been scarce about what to expect from Star Wars: Episode VIII. Most of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast is returning for the sequel, along with new additions like Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro. Having previously helmed movies like Brick and Looper, Star Wars: Episode VIII is without a doubt Rian Johnson’s biggest blockbuster yet, but from what we’ve seen so far behind the scenes, he seems to have a good handle on a galaxy far, far away, even if his teasing pictures don’t provide all the answers to the questions wracking our brains.
Star Wars: Episode VIII hits theaters on December 17, 2017.