Luke Won't Join the Dark Side in 'The Last Jedi,' Mark Hamill Hints

Friday, 03 November 2017 - 10:26AM
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Friday, 03 November 2017 - 10:26AM
Luke Won't Join the Dark Side in 'The Last Jedi,' Mark Hamill Hints
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With The Last Jedi almost a month away, fan speculation is ramping up to fever pitch. Now, Mark Hamill may have dropped the biggest fan-theory bombshell we've heard yet. 

Every new trailer and piece of promotional material that we see from this movie seems to hint at the same terrifying possibility: the idea that, stricken with rage and fear following the destruction of his Jedi academy, Luke Skywalker has turned to the Dark Side.

The biggest piece of evidence for this theory is Luke's presence at the top of one of the posters for The Last Jedi, wrapped up in a dark cloak, and glowering menacingly at the camera.

Fans of Star Wars have noted that the spot at the top of the poster for these movies is generally reserved for the Big Bad, whether that be Dark Vader, Darth Maul, or Kylo Ren.

Mark Hamill, ever the Twitter enthusiast, has taken to the online platform to make light of this particular fan theory, noting that a new poster for the film doesn't put his character at the top, but rather, focuses on Rey, the presumed hero of the piece.

The most entertaining aspect of Hamill's post is his use of the hashtag #TheWalrusWasPaul, referring to an old-school rumor that circulated among Beatles fans 50 years ago.

At the time, fans began to suspect that Paul McCartney had died and been replaced by an imposter and that the remaining Beatles were attempting to send out coded messages that revealed the truth, which were hidden on album sleeves and in song lyrics.

Essentially, Hamill is arguing that fans who love to dig for spoilers and rumors will always end up finding things that justify their personal beliefs, and that you can't always count on this kind of hearsay and speculation to give you the full picture.

That said, what Mark Hamill is overlooking is the fact that wild speculation is tremendously fun - in fact, it's safe to say that the entire marketing campaign for both The Last Jedi and The Force Awakens have been built around getting fans to theorize and discuss ideas.

That being the case, who's to say that Hamill isn't trying to deliberately mislead his Twitter followers by throwing suspicion away from his character.

We know that he's not pleased with the direction that the movie's director, Rian Johnson, has taken with Luke Skywalker, and no amount of backtracking can cover that up.

Perhaps Hamill is attempting to distract us from Luke's dark ways, in order to preserve the movie's spoilers.

Or maybe Hamill is playing #TheWalrusWasPaul himself. Perhaps he's pointing us to the true villain of the movie.

Another popular fan theory suggests that Rey might embrace the Dark Side in The Last Jedi, so perhaps her placement at the top of this most recent poster is entirely deliberate as well.

This kind of speculation will probably seem very silly after The Last Jedi finally hits theaters, but it's also a lot of fun, so fans shouldn't stop digging any time soon; no matter how silly Mark Hamill thinks this game might be.
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Mark Hamill: Luke Won't Join the Dark Side in 'The Last Jedi'