'Star Wars: Episode 8' spoilers, plot news: Luke Skywalker to follow in Yoda's footsteps?


More than a year before the opening of the next “Star Wars” film, theories about what will happen in “Episode 8” have started coming up online based on leaked footage from the set. The latest leak suggests that Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who was seen towards the end of last year’s “The Force Awakens,” will continue the Jedi tradition of living simply, just like Master Yoda (Frank Oz) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness/Ewan McGregor) did in previous films.

In “The Force Awakens,” Rey (Daisy Ridley) travelled to Ahch-To to find Luke, who has been in hiding for 30 years. As it was discovered that Rey also has the Force, it was speculated that she might ask Luke to train her in the ways of the Jedi.

The leaked footage released by Making Star Wars gives a glimpse of the film’s set in Ireland. While the video appears to be taken from quite a distance, iDigital Times noted how one can catch a glimpse of the dwellings which Luke has set up for himself and Rey on the site of the first Jedi Temple on Ahch-To. It was pointed out how Luke’s place appears to be very similar to Master Yoda’s home on Dagobah, which was seen in 1980’s “The Empire Strikes Back.” In that movie, Luke travelled to Dagobah to find Yoda to ask if the Jedi master could teach him the ways of the Force.

It remains to be seen if Luke will take on Rey to be his new padawan, as he appears to have completely isolated himself from everyone he knows and loves. If he agrees to teach her, then audiences can expect to see some training sequences featuring him and Rey.

It is also expected that the reason why Rey has the Force will be revealed, as “Star Wars” canon explains that the ability can be passed down by a parent. It was previously rumored that Rey, who audiences met as an orphan in “The Force Awakens,” might be Luke’s daughter.

“Star Wars: Episode 8” is the second installment in the sequel trilogy of the hit movie franchise. The film is slated to premiere on Dec. 14, 2017.