If you’ve been paying close attention to the marketing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, you know that not only are they trying to keep everything a secret, but also make us think one way when it could possibly be the completely opposite. But sometimes, and against the want or a director or even studios, marketers take the project into their own hands and feel the need to reveal some big moments of the film through trailers to just keep the interest alive as it draws closer, even though the interest was never lost. Sadly, that could be what just happened with Luke Skywalker and The Last Jedi.
I’d be wrong if I didn’t say that what follows could potentially be a spoiler for the movie. Still here? Okay, a brand new international poster has been released online, which bares heavy resemblance to the official one-sheet here in America, just with one big difference. The official one-sheet featured a looming Luke above everyone else, but that spot now belongs to Daisy Ridley’s Rey in this new poster. Now you may be wondering why its such a big deal. The positioning swap isn’t, it’s the swapping of Anakin Skywalker’s original blue lightsaber that is. It’s now in the hands of Luke.
This could be a giant reveal, as it’s not just the first time we’ve seen Mark Hamill’s Luke wield a lightsaber since Return of the Jedi, but more specifically, grip this specific lightsaber. The last time we saw Luke using his father’s original lightsaber, he was battling his father in Cloud City, where the saber and his hand were lost after being sliced off by Vader.
Not just for The Last Jedi, but our small amount of looks at Luke from before The Force Awakens have never featured him holding a saber of any kind until now. In fact, it can even be argued that Luke’s look in the final moments of The Force Awakens when Rey hands him his long lost lightsaber suggests that he possibly hasn’t touched a lightsaber in quite a long time, at least a few years. If that’s the case, showing Luke wielding a lightsaber could be a reveal that’s been kept out of the public eye here in the U.S. for a reason, but now revealed through an international poster.
While I would put money on this actually happening as it would make sense to reunite Luke with the lightsaber that started it all back in 1977, The Force Awkanes deceived everyone by heavily marketing Finn with the same lightsaber, and we all know how that ended up. Whether it’s a marketing ploy or not, hopefully I’m just chasing the rabbit down the rabbit hole on this potential spoiler reveal. Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits a theater near you on December 15th.