As the December debut of Star Wars: The Last Jedi nears, the interviews are ramping up right along with fan questions. One of the big questions going around for some people is whether Luke has gone to the dark side in Episode VIII.
The speculation was sparked by a theater standup and a poster that showed Luke looming over both Rey and Kylo Ren, hood down and hood up, respectively. We know the Luke on the light side poster. We've known him all our lives, but the dark side poster Luke is something new, and fans are very interested in what exactly is going on.
Speaking with Disney Rewards Insider, Mark Hamill says that, while Luke is definitely in a dark place, he's not on the dark side.
“In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Luke has lost confidence in his ability to make good choices," he said. "It haunts him to the core. But he hasn’t gone to the dark side. This isn’t an evil version of him. But it’s still an incarnation of the character I never expected. It has pulled me out of my comfort zone. It’s a real challenge.”
"The biggest challenge for me was actually in the time between Return
of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I had to know what had happened to Luke during those years," he said. "I had to glean decades of backstory from the script. And some of it I had to make up for myself. I had to know what he went through during that time. It’s not important to the storyline, but I did discuss some of my thoughts with Rian Johnson [writer and director] to make sure I wasn’t coming up with anything in my personal backstory that would affect Luke’s portrayal in this film."
But don't give up on wild and thoughtful speculation. Rian Johnson has heard your theories and he's enjoying them.
So is Mark Hamill.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens Dec. 15.