Luke Skywalker ‘Star Wars’ Rumor Debunked By Reuters Author

Well, that was fast. A recent Star Wars rumors which suggested Luke Skywalker would return for the next installment in the series was just that: a rumor.

According to Cinema Blend, the iconic hero of George Lucas’ universe may not be returning to train future Jedis at an academy he helped create. Although some fans might be crushed by the news, most people seemed to take the revelation with a grain of salt.

Instead of LucasFilm or Disney debunking the rumor, the author of the original Reuters article said the whole thing was a misunderstanding on his part.

The folks at got in touch with Michael McDonald, the man who wrote the article that sent Star Wars fans’ tongues wagging. He said that he misinterpreted what people had told him about the upcoming motion picture.

This is what McDonald had to say about the snafu:

“This was a mistake. I misunderstood what fan clubs had told me and shown me in book plots and that storyline has not been announced by Disney. Perhaps I should have written something along the lines of ‘Yavin 4 appears in several Star Wars book plots and while Guatemala fans said they hope film crews return to Tikal, the company has not announced plans for the new episode.’ “

While I’m sure not many people took the rumor very seriously when it was first reported, it’s likely some Star Wars fanatics took the news as gospel. According to Screen Crush, some folks thought the movie would be based on Kevin J. Anderson’s The Jedi Academy Trilogy books.

This is what the offending Reuters article had to say about Episode VII:

“Yavin 4 and the rebel base return to the Star Wars plot in the forthcoming ‘Episode VII,’ announced in October by the Walt Disney Co, in which Skywalker comes back to the planet to build a Jedi Knight academy. However, fans said that Disney will likely film those scenes in a studio rather than return to Tikal.”

Are you disappointed that recent Luke Skywalker Star Wars rumors aren’t true?