Star Wars Episode 7 Spoilers, Plot & Rumors: Is Luke Skywalker the New Cyborg Villain?
"Star Wars Episode 7" is one of the most hotly anticipated films of 2015. And because everyone is dying to find out everything about the film, rumors have cropped up. And they are of the rather surprising variety.
A few sources have reported on plot spoilers, making for some unique debate. The biggest one however revolves around Luke Skywalker, the main hero of the original trilogy. For the uninitiated (probably not many), Luke turns into a Jedi master throughout the opening trilogy and helps redeem his father Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker.
Many believed that Luke would then become the most powerful Jedi in the World for the new movie, but rumor has it that this could not be further from the case. Luke apparently has gone missing and the story actually revolves around finding him. Then suddenly he appears in Dagobah (where he first met Yoda during his training in "Empire Strikes Back"), but has turned to the Dark Side.
That's right. Rumors indicate that Luke is the enemy now.
According to Making Star Wars, Kira, supposedly played by Daisy Ridley is the main heroine and her job is to find Luke Skywalker. But when she goes to meet him, "The revelation beats 'Kira' and her quest becomes hopeless. She resigns herself to joining the figure who is the opposite of what she hoped to find. The evil she sought to vanquish with the power of Luke Skywalker, is Luke Skywalker."
Of course this is rather odd and the rest of the rumor indicates that Luke is a Cyborg similar to Darth Vader. This contradicts Mark Hamill's beard that has been shown in a number of pictures.
Other websites offer numerous theories on what to make of this rumor. For example, What Culture posits that this may simply be similar to the moment in "Empire Strikes Back" when Luke enters a cave and comes face to face with Vader. He destroys Vader's mask and he sees his own face in it. In that instance, Luke is both understanding the dangers of what he can become while also getting a hint of the film's big reveal at the end.
Maybe this plays a similar role in "Kira's" training. After all, it would not be the first time that a Star Wars movie repeats the same scene in a different form. Just see Anakin and Luke both blowing up space stations in the first film of their respective trilogies. Or even the multiple climaxes in both "Phantom Menace" and "Return of the Jedi."
Of course, this could also be a case of director J.J. Abrams pushing the franchise in a new direction while following some guidelines from the first franchise. In the prequels, Anakin's fall to the dark side has a great deal to due with his unstable emotions. Jedi are supposed to be trained from their birth to strip them of emotional entanglements and make them one with the force. Since Anakin came to his training as a youth that already had a strong relationship with his mother, he was never able to overcome this level of training and turned to the Dark Side.
Imagine the peril Luke must be in as he first comes to the force in his teenage years. Maybe he has in fact lost control in his maturity and he could be grappling with the Dark Side.
It certainly makes for a compelling take, but it seem a bit unrealistic because it nullifies the entire point of the beloved original trilogy. People adore the original films and by making Luke evil, Abrams would essential destroy the journey he went through in the first place. "Return of the Jedi" showed Luke overcome the temptation of the dark side. And now he is going to give in to it in his adult years when he should be wiser and stronger?
Of course it makes for a more complex situation for the heroes. If Luke is the most powerful jedi and evil, then it makes him a formidable villain.
However, this seems a bit extreme for Abrams and company. And of course it is hard to see Disney go for this kind of setup in which the iconic hero becomes a monster. Would it then become a story about Luke's redemption? Is that not a repetition of the original trilogy and thus a demonstration of no new ideas?
It will be interesting to see how this one develops.