The Last Jedi: Luke Wields Anakin’s Lightsaber On New Poster

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The lightsaber, an elegant weapon for a more civilized age, has been a cornerstone of the Star Wars universe ever since George Lucas first introduced moviegoers to that iconic galaxy far, far away in ’77.

It’s a legacy that continued through the release of The Force Awakens, too, which reached its conclusion just as Daisy Ridley’s Rey delivered her lightsaber to its rightful owner: Luke Skywalker. Mark Hamill’s Jedi Master spent much of J.J. Abrams’ franchise reboot in a self-imposed exile, and we understand that absence will have huge ramifications for Luke’s budding relationship with Rey come December. She’s the student to his all-powerful master, essentially, and though he believes it’s time for the Jedi to end (!), it appears as though a fair portion of Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be devoted to Rey’s intense training regime aboard Ahch-To, the far-flung planet that has become Luke’s home away from home since Return of the Jedi.

But what about the chances of Hamill wielding a lightsaber in Rian Johnson’s hotly-anticipated blockbuster? If you ask us, it’s nigh on certain that the Star Wars veteran will at the very least, hold a ‘saber at some point, given that The Force Awakens ended with Rey reaching out to return her weapon to him. Whether he actually uses it in a fight though is another question entirely, but a brand new international poster has arrived today that all but confirms that the character will indeed be seen with one at some point.

What’s interesting to note here is that Luke’s got Anakin’s blue lightsaber in his hands, and not the green one he wielded in Return of the Jedi. Why that is remains unknown, of course, but just the very fact that Luke’s holding the weapon at all is hugely exciting, as this is the first time we’ve seen him with it in The Last Jedi‘s marketing campaign. As such, this is a pretty big reveal and one that’s sure to have fans talking right up until the film hits theaters.

Thankfully, there’s not long to go now before that happens, as on December 15th, Star Wars: The Last Jedi will blast onto the silver screen and lay down a new series of rules for this most precious of cinematic universes. It’ll be followed in relatively quick succession by Ron Howard’s Han Solo spinoff, before J.J. Abrams brings the curtain down on Disney’s rebooted trilogy with the release of Episode IX on December 20th, 2019, placing it right alongside Warner’s Wonder Woman 2.

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