BySean Bailey, writer at
A future film director and writer who's a sucker for superheroes, comics and monsters!
Sean Bailey

We've learned a lot about the characters of [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) this past week. I mean, we know a little more about Kylo Ren's origins, we have a pretty good idea that Finn and Rey are the children of somebody important, and we know why she's called Captain Phasma. What we don't know a lot about are the original characters. Sure, we know that Han and Chewie are back home (Where is home, exactly?), but what about the Skywalkers? Where are Luke and Leia? Obviously, LucasFilm is being very quiet about these two characters for a reason, but there might already be hints to their roles in Episode VII. Here's my take on the evidence we have so far.

Luke Is Going Ben-Kenobi-Mode

I think that Luke is going on a similar to path to that of Obi-Wan's, when he went reclusive on Tatooine, waiting for Luke to grow up and accept his destiny as a Jedi. Maybe Luke is doing the same thing, waiting for the new Jedi to present itself. After all, there seems to be a recurring theme of passing the torch in this movie.

I was looking through some of the articles on Moviepilot, and I saw Kit Simpson Browne suggest that Kylo Ren could be the first villain to transition into a hero, and Luke's role in the new universe is to be the one who can turn Sith into Jedi. I think this idea is perfectly plausible, and it completely fits with the title "The Force Awakens". Could Luke finally bring the Jedi back into the galaxy?

Leia is Leading the Resistance

From the very beginning, Leia has seemed like a natural-born leader, and a deep believer in the Rebellion. So wouldn't it make sense for her to take Mon Mothma's role as the leader of the Rebellion? I mean, she wasn't there with Han and Chewie in the second trailer, which means that they could be split up. It would make sense for her to put the Resistance first. And from what it sounds like, the remains of the Empire still pose a major threat to the galaxy thanks to the First Order. Now they've got a Sith who looks bigger and badder than the last, and worst of all, stormtroopers who can actually aim! The Resistance is going to need a strong leader, someone that people recognize and would be willing to fight for. Leia fits that part perfectly.

I know there are a lot of fans who want to see her become a Jedi Knight alongside her brother, but I just don't see that happening. It's like she said in Return of the Jedi, the power of the Force is something she feels she couldn't understand. Plus, because of her experience with Darth Vader, she might find the power too tempting, and could easily turn her into him. It's like they say: power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

So what do you think? Is Luke going to awaken the light Side of the Force? Will Leia lead the Resistance into a new war? Only time will tell, when Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens hits theaters December 18th.


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