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If you are a Star Wars fan, there's a pretty good chance that you love to speculate. Fan theories about the galaxy far, far away are easy to come by on the internet, and with Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi gearing up to debut in theaters on December 15, fans have dissected just about every piece of marketing material for Episode VIII. One of the most significant bits of speculation involves the growing fan theory that Luke Skywalker will turn to The Dark Side because of his placement on the latest poster for The Last Jedi, and now it seems that Rian Johnson is actually fascinated by all of the fan speculation. Johnson said:
Having been a Star Wars fan myself for the past 40 years, having spent most of my life on the other side of the curtain, I know the anticipation and the guesswork and theorizing is all part of the fun and game of it. So I love it. I love seeing what people are thinking, seeing what they're guessing, seeing what they're anticipating.
According to Rian Johnson's recent comments to THR, if you think that the latest poster for Star Wars: The Last Jedi hints at a Dark Side turn for Luke Skywalker, then that is just part of the Star Wars hype machine. Fan theories has been a fundamental aspect of looking forward to a Star Wars movie for decades, and as a fan himself, he thoroughly understands why we would spend some much time obsessing over the minutiae. He won't confirm or deny anything; he just finds it amusing.
It is not hard to see why some fans would think that Luke Skywalker would turn dark in the upcoming entry in the Star Wars franchise. After all, his look on the poster is far more solemn and red-tinted than one would expect from this typically noble and virtuous hero from the original trilogy. Check out the poster below.
In general, we have seen many creators take far more open attitudes towards fan theories in recent months. Like Rian Johnson's openness to the "Luke will go bad" poster theory, Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon similarly chimed in about fan theories and guesses about the series and admitted that he would not shoot any of them down until he absolutely has to do so. If nothing else, this seems to show that creators understand how much fans like to invest in their material.
Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi will debut in theaters later this year on December 15. If you're looking for more information on all of the films set to debut in cinemas over the course of the next year (Star Wars franchise or otherwise), then make sure to take a look at our 2017 movie premiere guide and our 2018 movie premiere guide and fill out your moviegoing calendars accordingly!