It’s been a running question for months now and fans are still asking, where is Luke Skywalker? The beloved Jedi has been consecutively missing from all the promotional material that has been released for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and JJ Abrams is finally speaking up about it.
Appearing on Monday’s (Nov. 30) episode of Howard Stern, the director is asked his exact reasoning for keeping one of the franchise’s biggest characters out of all the trailers. Defending his stance, Abrams says, “Here’s the thing … I really want to make sure we’re not ruining the movie for people, that they’re not seeing too much of it before it comes out.”
His reasoning relies on the trend of movie trailers giving away every plot detail from said film. He continues, “I hate when I go and see a trailer and I feel like I’ve just seen a whole movie in an encapsulated form.” It’s a move studios make time and time again in order to sell a movie. But as the director states, “You don’t have to do that to sell a movie!”
“I’d rather be asking questions than feel like they’ve been answered for me,” he says, harkening back to his classic TED talk and the idea of the mystery box. If anything, the unanswered questions of Skywalker’s whereabouts does add a nice sense of the unknown going into the new movie. It looks like with that, at the very least, Abrams has accomplished his goal.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” for those of you not in the know, hits theaters everywhere on December 18th.