Luke Skywalker Evil: Are Fan Theories About ‘Star Wars’ Hero Accurate?

Is Luke Skywalker evil in The Force Awakens? That is one of the biggest mysteries regarding the new Star Wars movie, and we won’t know for certain until the J.J. Abrams blockbuster is released in about two weeks.

Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is the quintessential hero in the Star Wars original trilogy. He lives the life of a farmer in the galaxy far, far away and has no real concept of what is going on outside his home planet of Tatooine.

Additionally, Luke has no idea he is the son of a legendary Jedi turned evil. So you see, the idea of Luke Skywalker being a villain is not so far-fetched, and fans have been long speculating this is the reason Abrams has kept Luke Skywalker a mystery.

Things have certainly changed when it comes to Luke, his sister Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), and his friend and former smuggler Han Solo (Harrison Ford). About 30 years earlier, they were the heroes of the moment when they successfully destroyed the second Death Star, along with Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine, freeing millions from their clutches.

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The Empire Strikes Back (Lucasfilm)

With the passage of time, however, people in the galaxy begin to see things differently and forget about what it took to defeat the villains back then. According to Movie Pilot, Abrams recently explained how this could be possible and why the First Order has spread rumors that Luke Skywalker is evil.

“Doing a story that took place nearly 40 years after Jedi meant that there would be a generation for whom Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia would be as good as myth. They’d be as old and as mythic as the tale of King Arthur. They’d be characters who they might believe existed, or just sounded like a fairy tale.

Remember the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer where Han tells Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) that all the legends about the Jedi are true? That scene would confirm what Abrams is saying about Luke and why he is absent from all the trailers and promotional merchandise.

It may seem that Luke Skywalker is evil in the eyes of the new villains of The First Order and most notably, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and they may have spread lies all these years. You may also remember that Luke turned darker as the original trilogy moved along and seemed to become more introverted after the revelation that Darth Vader was his father — which happens in Empire Strikes Back.

Abrams’ comments about Luke Skywalker and the rumor that at the beginning of The Force Awakens Finn (John Boyega) believes the old Jedi is indeed a villain could be some of the things that lead many to believe the theory that Luke is evil is, in part, true. But this has not been confirmed by any official channels and so we will have to wait until the blockbuster is released on December 18.

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(Image via Lucasfilm)

As with his father before him, Luke struggled throughout the original trilogy with the concept of good and evil. According to Lucasfilm President, Kathleen Kennedy, one of the main reasons Abrams took the job was Luke Skywalker’s storyline.

“He said, ‘Oh my God, I just got the chills. I’m in. I mean, it really was almost that quickly.

So it seems that the many rumors about Luke Skywalker are not as crazy as we first thought and there is some truth to them. We will take this with a grain of salt until the movie comes out.

What do you think about the theory that Luke Skywalker is evil in Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

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