JJ Abrams says Luke Skywalker’s absence from new ‘Star Wars’ trailer is ‘no accident’

Director responds to questions about the iconic character's recent low profile

JJ Abrams has confirmed that Luke Skywalker’s absence from recent Star Wars promos is intentional.

Though Harrison Ford’s Han Solo and Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia feature in the latest trailer and poster for Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the third member of the iconic original trio, Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker, does not appear in either.

Star Wars fans have come up with numerous theories to explain his absence, including the possibility that he is “living in self-imposed exile” or potentially “lost on a desert planet”.

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Asked about Luke Skywalker’s recent low profile, Abrams told the Associated Press: “These are good questions to be asking. I can’t wait for you to find out the answer,” before adding teasingly: “It’s no accident…”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release in the UK on December 17 and in the US a day later. It takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jedi though specific plot details are being kept tightly under the wraps. The film’s script was penned by Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan.

Alongside Daisy Ridley and the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, the film’s cast also includes Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and Andy Serkis. Meanwhile, it has recently emerged that the film will feature a character apparently named after a Beastie Boys album.