‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Leaks Cast Luke Skywalker As The New Yoda

Star Wars: Episode VIII news regarding Luke Skywalker indicates that the Jedi Knight has evolved through the years in many different ways. Last seen at the close of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Skywalker, still played by iconic Mark Hamill, appeared to be little more than a hermit hidden away in a mountaintop retreat, but, as Luke’s own tutor once revealed, looks are almost always deceiving. Now, as Star Wars fans look forward to the evolving story in Episode VIII, it seems Luke Skywalker is now the mentor and a powerful one at that.

Star Wars: Episode VIII Gives Luke Skywalker A Powerful Upgrade

One of the most compelling reveals to come out of the Star Wars: Episode VIII camp is the idea that Luke Skywalker will have evolved as a Jedi Knight through the intervening years. As University Herald shares, it’s only natural that Luke should have spent the last three decades honing his skills, but it seems the Jedi Master is even more powerful than expected.

Not only will Skywalker be a stronger Jedi, sources report that Mark Hamill’s Star Wars character will also have achieved a new power, something called Force Vision. Reports indicate that this new form of looking into the future enables Skywalker to specifically look into the future of prospective Jedi Knights.

Force Vision is a power not even possessed by Yoda, as revealed in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke asks Yoda about the fates of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher).

“Will they die,” Luke asks Yoda.

“Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future,” replies Yoda.

Further news about Mark Hamill’s Star Wars character, who is expected to be seen more prominently in Episode VIII and in Episode IX, has the Jedi Master accidentally blowing up a Ahch-To hut, when he’s angered over a confrontation between Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).

It seems Luke Skywalker has definitely grown more powerful, so who knows what other new talents the Jedi Master might now possess. He might want to keep that anger in check, though.

Luke Skywalker Takes Rey Under His Wing

There’s still no leaks about Rey’s parentage and, as Morning Ledger shares, even Daisy Ridley herself doesn’t know the truth of the matter, but that doesn’t stop Luke Skywalker from mentoring the young prospective Jedi. In fact, taking on the role of tutor to Rey likens Skywalker even more closely to his own teacher, Yoda.

Also similar to Yoda, Luke has suffered a significant yet unnamed defeat, preceding the rise of the First Order, which also forced him into hiding. As a result, it’s believed that Luke will train Rey as a Jedi Knight in the hopes that she can defeat the nemesis who bested Hamill’s Star Wars character.

Many Star Wars fans are in agreement that Luke’s big defeat came when his pupils were all wiped out by a dark agent. The most popular theory suggests Snoke seduced this person, a Jedi in training with Skywalker, to convert to the Dark Side. Further, The Force Awakens suggests this person is Kylo Ren.

More on Rey’s training indicates that it will greatly parallel the training Luke received from Yoda, which makes sense, considering most teachers instruct in the way that they learned as pupils themselves. Also reminiscent of Skywalker’s youth and indicating a possible genetic predisposition, Rey exhibits frustration and anger in her training, according to sources. Like father, like daughter?

Will Rey fail, where her mentor once succeeded in resisting the temptations of the dark side of the force? That may be the situation which ultimately angers Luke.

Star Wars: Episode VIII, starring Daisy Ridley, Domhnall Gleeson, and Oscar Isaac, opens in theaters on December 15, 2017.

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