The Last Jedi Luke

Mark Hamill on Leia using The Force and more Last Jedi fan theories

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Dec 15, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters today, and that means fans can finally put an end to their endless speculation about the plot. That also brings an end to another time-honored Star Wars tradition (at least for now): Fan theories.

Yes, in the absence of an actual movie, Star Wars fans have spent the last two years speculating about everything from who Rey's parents are to who Snoke really is. As a result, the cast and crew have often gotten their share of questions about what's really true. To set the record straight ahead of the new film, Luke Skywalker himself -- Mark Hamill -- hung out with Rolling Stone to finally tackle some of these theories head-on.

Hamill doesn't actually deliver any real spoilers for the film, but he does offer his own thoughts on the various ideas fans have created. There are several, but one of the most interesting is one fans have actually been asking about for decades: If Luke and Leia are both strong in the Force, why does he use it but she doesn't? Well, Hamill's just as puzzled as you are, and even reveals that George Lucas planned to address the issue in his own planned Star Wars sequels. 

"I always wondered, and I don't read the fan fiction, why she didn't more fully develop her Force sensibilities. And I think that's something that George Lucas addressed in his original outline for seven, eight and nine," Hamill said. "I was talking to him last week. But, they're not following George's ideas, so we'll have to wait and see on that one. But it seems like a waste of an innate talent that she should utilize in some way."

As for whether this is actually addressed in The Last Jedi...well, you'll have to see the movie to find out. Among the other fan theories Hamill tackled was the idea that Finn and Poe Dameron really do have the hots for each other. It might be the most popular 'ship in Star Wars, and Hamill's actually rooting for it, too.

"Fingers crossed," he said about their possible reunion.

Check out the video below. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters now.