STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, (aka STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI), Mark Hamill, 2017. ph: John Wilson/ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures /  Lucasfilm Ltd. /Courtesy Everett Collection

If you have not currently heard the news, Mark Hamill has officially joined the star-studded cast of The Rise of Skywalker, returning to his iconic post as Luke Skywalker. Even though it is most probably that Luke will return as a Force spirit, what if he does not? The film’s very first trailer options Hamill in a voiceover, in which he ominously says, “No one’s ever actually gone.” Positive, this could just be plain old wisdom, but it could also be foreshadowing for Luke’s return in an unexpected type. In reality, there is a fairly convincing theory floating out there that Luke may possibly be a clone.

Try to remember, Vader brutally slices off Luke’s hand in The Empire Strikes Back. Offered that the hand does not get destroyed, it would include prime, cloneable DNA. This twisty concept dates back to Timothy Zahn’s 1993 Star Wars novel The Final Command. The Dark Jedi Joruus C’baoth requires the severed hand to make an evil Luke, i.e. “Luuke,” who sooner or later gets defeated by the actual Luke. This book is not canon, but that does not imply that filmmakers will not and can not borrow tips from it. If Luke’s lightsaber could survive (as we obtain out in The Force Awakens), it is probably that the Jedi’s hand did not get destroyed and could have been salvaged for DNA in the sequel trilogy.

As a side note, there is also a sturdy subset of people today who think that Rey may possibly be Luke’s female clone grown from his severed hand following all of this time, which may possibly clarify her present with the Force. Episode IX may possibly not show a duplicate of Luke, but as an alternative, could reveal this secret. Positive, Kylo Ren tells Rey about her parentage in The Final Jedi, but he’s not precisely the sort of individual that you can trust.

With Rey and Kylo Ren going face to face in The Rise of Skywalker, introducing clones could make items beyond convoluted, suffice to say. If Luke gets cloned, who knows who else could have been cloned? Star Wars has featured so considerably dismemberment more than the years, with Mace Windu and Darth Vader as other prominent examples. The Luke clone theory could yield a fruitful narrative if crafted properly, but we’ll just have to wait and see how and if it pans out.