So far Mark Hamill’s iconic Jedi has been famously absent from any marketing or promotional material, sans a unconfirmed possible appearance in the second teaser – the hooded figure with a robotic hand.
Abrams talks about how one of the things that drew him to direct the film, was how other characters in the narrative perceive Luke:
“It was the thing that struck me the hardest, which was the idea that doing a story that took place nearly forty years after Jedi meant that there would be a generation for whom Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia would be as good as myth.
They’d be as old and as mythic as the tale of King Arthur. They would be characters who they may have heard of, but maybe not. They’d be characters who they might believe existed, or just sounded like a fairy tale.”
Abrams goes on to use Daisy Ridley’s Rey as an example, a character on the remote desert planet of Jakku, who would only be remotely aware of the Jedi who helped bringdown the galaxy 30 years ago:
“To someone who is living alone and struggling without a formal education or support system, who knows what that person in the literal middle of nowhere would have ever heard about any of these things, or would ever know, and how much that person would have to infer and piece together on their own.
So the idea that someone like that would begin to learn that the Jedi were real, and that the Force exists, and that there’s a power in the universe that sounds fanciful but is actually possible, was an incredibly intriguing notion.”
John Boyega’s Finn is a different matter, trained to be Stormtrooper he certainly knows who Luke Skywalker is:
“For Finn, he’s been raised from the ashes of the Empire. He’s been taught about Luke Skywalker, he knows about his history. For him it’s like joining the army and then learning about one of the great enemies of your country. It has that effect on him. But in terms of the Force, and the magical stuff that happens, that is the point where Finn kind of questions what is what. What is the Force, what part does Luke Skywalker play in all of this?”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens on December 18th and stars: Daisy Ridley, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Warwick Davis, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Andy Serkis, Max von Sydow and Mark Hamill (Somewhere we hope).