‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Asks ‘Who Is Luke Skywalker?’


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We’ve been trying to keep up with all the new details about Star Wars: The Force Awakens revealed in this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly. Besides the new pictures and character backstory, we also learned more about an overarching theme for the film: « Who is Luke Skywalker? »

That’s the question Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy posed to J.J. Abrams when he initially turned down the directing job because he wanted to do an original project after Star Trek Into Darkness. Abrams reportedly changed his mind and took the job for a chance to tell that story.

The Force Awakens takes place 30 years after Return of the Jedi, when The Empire has, according to EW, « morphed into a junta known as The First Order, while X-Wing pilots like Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron now fly for a splinter group known as The Resistance. » That much…

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