Do You Think Luke Will Turn to the Dark Side?

Star Wars has always been a source of inspiration to dreamers and filmmakers the world over, but what if this next film ruins it? What if Luke turns to the Dark Side?

When I was little, I used to pretend to be a Princess Leia, always asking my mom to put my hair into two giant buns and using our flashlight as a light saber. I’ve always loved Star Wars and it influenced me to become a filmmaker.

But I’m nervous about this next installment.

The film will already be a bit tragic. It’ll lack the presence of the best princess a girl could look up to, and we’ll also be missing every boy’s favourite hero, Han Solo. So when I heard that Mark Hamill announced it being a possibility that Luke turns to the Dark Side, I was shocked. I don’t know if my little heart can cope with this.

Watching the trailer, I was enthralled by the amazing cinematography, the beautiful scenery and the little hints of the story to come, but Luke’s words cut through me.

… it’s time for the Jedi to end.” – Luke Skywalker, The Last Jedi

What do you think? Will Luke turn to the Dark Side? Will The Last Jedi be the end of the world of Star Wars as we know it? Or is there still hope for The Force to right the chaos and bring unity back to the galaxy?

Trust The Force Luke!!!

Watch the trailer and let us know what you think in the comments below. Let’s be dreamers and bring some hope to each other, the world of Star Wars isn’t over yet!


  • Charis Joy Jackson

    Producer, Director, Writer, Actress

    Charis Joy Jackson is a writer, director, producer and teacher working with The Initiative Production Company. During the day she makes movies and in her spare time is writing a novel. She's a self-proclaimed nerd who wishes she could live in Hobbiton. You can follow her on Instagram @charisjoyjackson

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  • Nola Passmore

    Interesting question, Charis. I must admit I haven’t kept up with the latest Star Wars films. I still have to go back and watch the last two with Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford (so sad she died). But I’d be very surprised if Luke turned to the dark side. Even if he’s tempted, or it seems like he has turned, there’ll be a twist. The hero has to be the hero … I hope 🙂 Looking forward to seeing a pic of you with the Princess Leia donut hairdo 🙂

  • Janet

    I must confess I’m more of a Star Trek gal than a Star Wars one … however having said that I’ve always seen so many parallels between the (original) Star Wars movie and the gospel …

  • Lynne Stringer

    There was a lot of this kind of speculation prior to The Force Awakens because Luke wasn’t really in the trailer but the reason for that turned out to be that he was hardly in the film, so I think it’s reading a bit too much into the comment in this trailer to assume that it means he’s turning to the dark side.
    One of the main reasons I think it’s unlikely that Luke will turn to the dark side is that it would be so cliched. Like father, like son. That’s a battle he fought in the original trilogy – the lure to turn. Having him go there again would be repeating more old ground, something the creators were rightly criticised for with The Force Awakens. I can’t see them being that obvious, especially since Kylo Ren (the grandson) is also there.
    But it’s clear Luke’s going through something unusual in this movie. Mark Hamill has said that he isn’t happy with some of the developments in his character. Honestly, rather than this meaning he’s turned to the dark side (which I think Mark would like because of the acting challenges), it’s more likely that he’s become disillusioned and is reluctant to do anything for fear of ruining everything; that kind of thing. I think it more likely that Mark would be annoyed by a sulky Luke determined to do nothing than one who turned to the dark side which would provide some really interesting scenes to play.
    Also, he’s said in another interview that they’ve tried to steer clear of everything that’s already been written about Luke, including fan fiction. I’d be surprised if there weren’t multiple fan fictions dedicated to Luke turning to the dark side, so again, I think it’s unlikely.
    Of course, Mark has also freely said that he’s become really good at lying about all this, so maybe he’s deliberately trying to lead people astray.
    Exactly what the comment in the trailer means and what Mark means when he says he’s disappointed in the direction they’ve chosen for Luke is something that none of us will know the answer to until we get to December.

  • Jeanette O’Hagan

    Hi Charis – What a chilling question. I tend to agree with Lynne. Besides with Kylo Ren already turned – it would make it a bit unbalanced if Luke also turned. I took Luke’s statement ‘It’s time for the Jedi to end’ to mean ‘it’s time to do things differently’ as obviously it hasn’t been working. Well, that’s my take anyhow. We will have to see. It will be different not have Hans and Leila (or at least not Carrie Fisher) in this next film.

  • Raelene

    Like you Charis, Star Wars 1977 was the beginning of my journey into sci fi. I’m not sure Luke’s comment in the trailer is about him going dark. What if he is the catalyst for something new? He is ‘the New Hope’ after all. As for Hamill himself looking for villain roles, have you seen ‘The Flash?’

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