As I got to writing a piece on Luke Skywalker this morning, a conspicuous e-mail from Disney dropped into my inbox with exactly one line:
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So, obviously, I dashed over to their website, where I found one of the coolest photos of a logo that I've seen in decades (except for Moviepilot's, of course. Please don't fire me).
My immediate reaction is detailed below, since I subjected all of my co-workers to it first:
Before you hound the title, know that it makes a ton of sense if we go on the plot rumors that we've been given for months: Luke Skywalker, the original trilogy's hero, has apparently been in hiding for anywhere between a decade to thirty years. As the last remaining Jedi (before this movie, at least) Luke essentially was the Force (in that he was the last confirmed representative of it).
What's more, his apparent reasons for being in hiding fit pretty well with the story. Click for possible spoilers below from the folks at Making Star Wars:
"I’m told that in the back story for the film, Luke Skywalker does something amazing with the Force. He’s really powerful, more of 'wizard than lightsaber wielding warrior.' Basically, Luke Skywalker has a 'Force Unleashed' moment and realizes he might be bad for the universe.The aftermath of that event is difficult for Luke.
"Luke Skywalker has become the most powerful Jedi ever, but he doesn’t believe he’s the wisest. He doesn’t want to make the mistake his father made by thinking he knows what’s right for the universe. Skywalker becomes somewhat deranged in his seclusion. He is consumed by his fear that if he should return to “society” his power could be misused, he could be manipulated, and he may accidentally hurt the one’s he loves.
"For these reasons, to protect the galaxy and himself, Luke retreats into self-imposed exile for many years. I’m told he can’t always control the power. While he sits in a meditative state, he levitates things unconsciously and he’s not always in complete control and he’s never sure if he’s doing the will of the Force or acting on his own passions. Luke is seeing the past, the present, the future, 'old friends long gone' and other things that prey upon his sanity."
With that said, I feel like this works out great and directly refers to Luke's journey (and possibly, the new main characters' as well). Alongside any of the other multiple pieces I've written on concept art and plot rumors, I sincerely feel like this title works wonderfully for the first of a trilogy that we've all been waiting on for longer than I've been alive.
Oh, and for anyone wanting to join the discussion, Lucasfilm's Manager of Digital Content and Community Relations, Matt Martin, had this to say: