Rumor of the Day: These are the first words uttered by Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi

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Dec 17, 2018, 7:00 PM EST (Updated)

Yes, Luke finally speaks in Star Wars Episode VIII -- and what he reportedly says may throw a lot of fan theories into a tailspin.

First, a bit of context: When we last saw Luke (Mark Hamill) at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he was standing on a lonely cliff being presented with his lightsaber by Rey (Daisy Ridley). His facial expression was enigmatic and seemingly grief-stricken, and he did not say a word.

Cut to a Disney shareholders' meeting in Denver, Colorado, this morning (Wednesday, March 8), where Disney CEO gave the assembled audience a brief taste of footage from this December's The Last Jedi. According to a series of tweets from Los Angeles Times reporter Daniel Miller, who was at the meeting, the footage started out almost as a joke, with Rey handing the saber to Luke and the screen going black just as he was about to take it.

Before any real disappointment could set in, however, the throngs of investors got to see more immediately, including the first words spoken by Luke in the film, which may also be the opening line in the movie:

"Who are you?"

The fact that Luke doesn't appear to know who Rey is might have just knocked out a whole slew of fan theories, including that Rey is Luke's child and/or that Rey was a student at Luke's Jedi Academy before Ben Solo/Kylo Ren betrayed him and put that Academy out of business. Also, why would he not feel or know who she was simply through her presence in the Force?

Presumably those questions will be answered over the course of the film. As for the rest of what the shareholders saw, Miller reported that there was a brief shot of the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, along with glimpses of Chewbacca and a conscious Finn (John Boyega) -- I mean, you didn't think he was going to stay in a coma for the whole movie, did you?

A couple more of Miller's tweets are below. We'll keep an eye out for any other reports about the footage that was shown, which will probably get its next public viewing at Star Wars Celebration next month in Orlando. Until then, however, I suspect an entirely new raft of fan theories will begin making their way around the Interwebs.

"Who are you?" -- what are your thoughts on the meaning of/answer to that question?

(via Slashfilm)