Luke Skywalker’s ‘Episode VIII’ Costume Sounds a Little Less Distinguished Than ‘The Force Awakens’
Luke Skywalker’s reveal at the end of The Force Awakens was one of the coolest parts of the movie, and it helped that Mark Hamill and Mark Hamill’s Bushy Goatee looked appropriately distinguished, for a Jedi who’s been living alone on an island for... however long he’s been there. But now, it sounds like his costume redesign for Episode 8 will be taking him in a considerably less-distinguished direction. (Be warned, minor spoilers may be ahead for those who want the new getup to be a surprise.)
Luke Skywalker wears a darker costume compared to what we saw in The Force Awakens. This costume is more evocative of his Return of the Jedi clothes in cut and color. His undertunic reminds me of Count Dooku but his very dark grey cape drops over the top of his shoulders and chest like a shawl. This leaves his right arm free but half of his chest covered by the cape. It’s almost similar to the asymmetrical cut of Captain Phasma’s cape, but more like a shawl in the way it cover his chest.
Now, they have even more information, and, no, it doesn’t sound like we’ll be getting quite the same thing as those fashionable black robes we saw Luke in at the end of the original trilogy.
In the film, the costume is apparently just filthy most of the time. Skywalker is more like Yoda on Dagobah in terms of style than the white regal costume he wore to meet Rey at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This costume gets a lot dirtier in the film than the cartoon depiction by Lumberjack Nick. You will also notice there isn’t really any belt or anything for his lightsaber. It makes us wonder if what our friends in Ireland saw was actually a saber or not during the filming, as there seems to be some contention as to if Luke ever actually uses one in this film.
We know that for some probably very important reason, Luke gave up his saber and had it hidden away, so it’s unlikely he’ll grab it from Rey in the first scene of Episode 8 and start swinging it around just like that. Having him be similar to Yoda in this movie makes sense, if they were going to continue the trend of paralleling the new movies to the original trilogy that The Force Awakens started: The Force Awakens is equivalent to A New Hope, which means Episode 8 will be our Empire Strikes Back.
But on the other hand, The Force Awakens got a lot of criticism for sticking too close to a formula, so they’d better be careful not to have Luke become simply a surrogate for a character who came before him. Rey will, more likely than not, train with Luke the way Luke trained with Yoda. Let’s just hope that they find some way to subvert the established tropes they’re working with and bring something new to the table.
Star Wars: Episode 8 hits theaters December 15, 2017.