'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Photo Teases Return of Luke Skywalker?!

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.

You've GOT to See 'Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker' Vanity Fair Photos by Annie Lebowitz
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, photo by Annie Leibovitzfor Vanity Fair

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 AbramsStar Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters. Keep an eye out for more Vanity Fair photo goodness!


About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always).

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence.

Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

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