Yes yes, we know, "no one is every really gone," and maybe this Annie Leibovitz photo from Vanity Fair's upcoming summer issue all about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is getting our hopes up too high with a tease of the return of….Luke FREAKING Skywalker.
The image shows the bearded/longhaired Jedi Master Skywalker (Mark Hamill) poised and ready for whatever The Force can throw at him next. He's joined by the bestest droid in the whole galaxy (FIGHT ME), R2D2.
It of course stands to reason that we COULD be getting yet-another-flashback sequence to fill in the blanks of some of Kylo Ren's (Adam Driver) delve into darkness, and the rise of the Knights of Ren.
It could be also, another example of something Luke has mastered that his teachers couldn't- Force Ghosting more solidly.
We're kind of going with the flashback notion though, HOWEVER- Luke's got his robohand all wrapped up there in his robe, so there is no telling when this moment takes place.
Needless to say, we're getting terribly excited for December 20th when JJ Abrams' Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters. Keep an eye out for more Vanity Fair photo goodness!