Even with the name of Star Wars: Episode VII revealed, we know little about just what will happen in the next Star Wars movie. A new rumor, though, says that big changes may be in the offering for Luke Skywalker and may give us a clue as to who exactly winds up “awakening” the Force.
Ever since the new Star Wars films were announced, rumors have been flying regarding just what JJ Abrams, Disney, and company have in mind for the Star Wars crew. Aside from a few strategically-timed leaks revealing the Millennium Falcon and some concept art from Episode VII, we don’t know too much.
That mystery has kept the rumors alive and well, and a while ago one particularly juicy one emerged claiming that Luke Skywalker, the hero from the first Star Wars trilogy, would in fact be turning to the Dark Side when what we now know as The Force Awakens hits theaters.
Later reports tempered exactly how bad Skywalker would get in The Force Awakens, saying that he would be straddling the line, possibly to be redeemed by whoever winds up possessing the Millennium Falcon. The newest report is in that vein, but it goes into much more detail.
Making Star Wars has been trying to suss out just what will go on with Luke Skywalker in The Force Awakens for months now, and now sources tell that outlet (h/t: io9) that Luke has undergone a significant change between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
“Luke Skywalker does something amazing with the Force,” the new report says. “He’s really powerful, more of ‘wizard than lightsaber wielding warrior.’ Basically, Luke Skywalker has a ‘Force Unleashed’ moment and realizes he might be bad for the universe. The aftermath of that event is difficult for Luke.”
“I’m told he can’t always control the power,” the report continues. “While he sits in a meditative state, he levitates things unconsciously and he’s not always in complete control…”
That momentary power surge, the new report holds, is what leads to Luke going into exile as previous rumors have stated. The Jedi redeemer, wary of the possibility that he will go out of control, withdraws in order to protect those he loves.
But he doesn’t stay withdrawn for too long, of course.
“The imbalance he feared bringing back into the galaxy is set into motion by the new evil,” the rumor continues. “But it is not only evil that brings Luke Skywalker out of exile. The good in the universe does as well when one of the heroes convinces him the place he is in is not where he belongs.”
If any of the rumors are true, it looks like Luke Skywalker will wind up being an extremely important character in the new Star Wars trilogy, or at least for The Force Awakens. Disney has gone to great lengths to ensure that most of the original Star Wars cast is on board to return for the sequel — even possibly bringing back original Ewoks — so it makes sense that Skywalker in particular would be central to the plot.
Still, these are all just rumors and speculation until we start seeing footage and trailers. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens still won’t hit theaters for more than a year now, so there’s sure to be even more leaks and whispers in the offing.