There’s been much speculation about why Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is missing from the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster that was released this week. The other original cast members, Harrison Ford as Han Solo and Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia can be found right smack dab in the middle, so where’s Luke?
The main theory that’s being put forward is that Luke Skywalker has turned dark, like his father before him. There could be some basis for that, considering that in a 1991 Dark Horse Comics mini-series, Luke becomes a reborn Emperor Palpatine’s apprentice, in effect his father, Darth Vader, which puts Luke and Leia on opposite sides.
Additionally, during a 2005 episode of IFC’s Dinner For Five TV show, Mark Hamill and director J.J. Abrams were guests. Mark talked about the possibility of Luke turning evil, saying, “As an actor, that would be more fun to play. I just thought that’s the way it was going from when we finished [The Empire Strikes Back]. I figured that’s what will be the pivotal moment. I’ll have to come back, but it will be I have Han Solo in my crosshairs and I’ll be about to kill him or about to kill the Princess or about to kill somebody that we care about.”