New Star Wars fan art reimagines Luke Skywalker from The Rise of SKywalker as Gandalf the White from The Lord of the Rings with the iconic staff.
Luke Skywalker is reimagined as Lord of the Rings‘ Gandalf the White in new Star Wars fan art. The famed Jedi, first introduced to the world in George Lucas’s Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope back in 1977, played by actor Mark Hamill, has been the heralded centerpiece for not only the original trilogy but virtually the entire Star Wars universe. Luke’s story of “naive farm boy,” turned “savior of the rebellion,” turned “galactic legend” is one that has spanned decades and generations, cementing him as one of the most iconic film heroes of all time.
Luke was last seen, canonically, in the final moments of Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker. As force ghosts, he and his twin sister Leia (Carrie Fisher) looked on as Rey (Daisy Ridley) lay their lightsabers to rest on Tatooine and set off out into the galaxy. Rise of Skywalker, directed by J.J. Abrams, was highly divisive among fans, much like its predecessor, Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi, with both films heavily criticized for their treatment of Luke. Rise of Skywalker attempted to walk back some of the issues fans had with Episode VIII, but many were still unsatisfied, feeling Luke should have been more active in his final sendoff.
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Borrowing from another film fantasy juggernaut, The Lord of the Rings, directed by Peter Jackson and based on the classic novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, Twitter user JR_Bartok imagined what Luke Skywalker would look styled after that trilogy’s old bearded hero, Gandalf. In the fan art, Luke appears to be standing on the cliff of Ahch-To, his self-exile planet in The Last Jedi, brandishing a staff/ walking stick, strapped with a metal long sword at the waist, and decked out in a combination of Jedi attire and wizard garb. You can check out the pic below:
‘Luke Skywalker? I thought he was just a myth.’
Went hard on the Gandalf the White vibes with this one. I also added a sword because honestly? I just felt like drawing one. Helps add to the fantasy feel. pic.twitter.com/wAb0WS0Y7U
— Jake Bartok (@JR_Bartok) November 22, 2020
Luke, in Disney’s sequel trilogy, runs along many parallels with Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings films. They are both crotchety, wise, and powerful, serving as mentors to the central protagonist. In Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Gandalf the Grey, played by Sir Ian McKellen, dies, but then comes back in Return of the King at the turn of the tide, as Gandalf the White. Similarly, Luke dies in The Last Jedi to then return in The Rise of Skywalker to aid Rey in her hour of need. Thus, the two heroes’ combination fits thematically, as it does in the artist’s terrific rendering.
Many fans were saddened by Luke’s death in The Last Jedi, felt his passing was a bit premature and wished he’d been granted a more actively heroic last ride in his final film, similar to Gandalf. Force ghosts were generally depicted in the original trilogy as passive presences. The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker expanded on their capabilities to interact with the physical world. However, Luke was still only left as little more than a cheerleading bystander to a legacy he was once the backbone. It would have been fantastic to see Luke Skywalker get the “Gandalf” treatment and take arms one last time to close out the Star Wars saga properly.
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