Following multiple rumors and fan theories about Hamill’s absence from all of the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailers, director J.J. Abrams and stars Mark Hamill and John Boyega addressed the #WhereIsLuke campaign as well as Luke Skywalker's legendary status in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" during an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“No one forgot about him!” Abrams assured. “We were hoping people would care, but there are a lot of things that are not on the poster, as busy as the poster is. Certainly Luke is a very important aspect of the story.”
“The idea that doing a story that took place nearly 40 years after 'Jedi' meant that there would be a generation for whom Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia would be as good as myth,” he explained. “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.”
He also weighed in on how a character like Rey would perceive such a legendary figure. “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.”
“For Finn, he’s been raised from the ashes of the Empire,” Boyega added. “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?”
Hamill also spoke about his role in the film, though he couldn't add much without giving too much away. “I’d like to answer that, but it would give away the secrets of Episode VII,” he said.
Directed by Abrams, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” also stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max Von Sydow. The film opens Dec. 18 in North America.