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Let's Talk Luke's Voiceover in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer

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April 20, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Thanks to all the excitement from Star Wars Celebration this weekend, the buzz on last week's new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still going strong. And thanks to a statement made by Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy and will reprise the role for Episode VII this winter, people are talking about his voiceover heard in the trailer, the only dialogue heard in the film besides the moment we see Han Solo and Chewbacca again. It's clear the dialogue is from Return of the Jedi, but Hamill has people thinking the dialogue was changed for the trailer. But that's not the case.

Just in case you need a reminder, here's the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer again:

Speaking to CBS LA, Hamill said he had some trouble while recording the voiceover for the trailer, explaining that he kept saying, "My father had it," instead of "My father has it." Some fans have taken this to mean that maybe Darth Vader isn't really dead, and he could show up in The Force Awakens. But let's be clear. The dialogue we heard prominently in the trailer is lifted directly from Return of the Jedi and its content hasn't been changed, with the exception of one of the lines ("You have it too.") being merely switched out of order. For your reference, here's the original scene (starting at 1:34) with the dialogue:

So what's Hamill talking about? Well, if you listen carefully to the dialogue in the trailer, you'll hear some reverberation and echo after each line. That's what Hamill recorded. J.J. Abrams wanted to contrast the voice of older Luke Skywalker with the voice of young Luke Skywalker. This isn't new dialogue from The Force Awakens, and Luke isn't speaking directly to anyone. The point of the voiceover is to hint at a new hero that has the powers of the Force within them. The question is whether it's Finn (John Boyega), Rey (Daisy Ridley) or Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). Only time will tell. Check out our trailer breakdown for more.

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  • TheOct8pus
    It's Rey. Come on!
    • Chris Groves
      I don't know about that. I'd prefer Finn be the new 'hero' over Rey. Maybe Gleeson is ACTUALLY playing Luke's son, and HE is who this whole film is secretly about.
      • TheOct8pus
        It's possible. Knowing JJ there's likely some twist right out of left field. I always thought of Luke as sexually ambiguous, and thus unlikely to ever have kids (I know, I know...). I always thought the Skywalker offspring would be Han and Leia's.
        • Chris Groves
          Which could be true. It is difficult to predict this sort of things. Of the 3, Finn, Poe, and Rey...the one that seems 'most likely to be a Skywalker offspring' would be Rey...but then I begin to wonder if that would be too obvious. You almost get a sense that maybe they want to use 3 completely fresh characters to bring us into the world, and back to the old characters and any characters stemming from them. Luke didn't come into play until a good while into A New Hope, Anakin wasn't met until really far into The Phantom Menace. Maybe the same will be true for whoever the 'Skywalker' is in this film?
  • OfficialJab
    I want a let's talk voiceover post for the BvS trailer too.
  • TheOct8pus
    That scene is so awkwardly acted...
  • SacLA
    I've never thought about it before but how is it possible that Leia "remembers" her mom when Luke and Leia are twins and Padme died while giving birth to them, as we saw in Episode 3? I'm sure this has been discussed all over the web when Episode 3 first came out, but I didn't notice it until now.
    • avconsumer2
      • SacLA
        Okay, I can buy that explanation.
    • theslayer5150
      I always assumed it meant her "adoptive mother" was who she remembered.
    • redtie
      If you get a chance, read "The Secret History of Star Wars." The book covers how unplanned and chaotic Star Wars was while being created. Remember, George Lucas is the king of retconning.
  • avconsumer2
    Such a fan, knew all this already. Instantly recognized the lines. Sadly, may have figured out a major plot spoiler as well.
  • Weird, Yahoo reported that it was all newly recorded for the teaser.
  • NarcolepticNinja
    Hamill actually explained during his solo outing at Celebration that he DID do a voice recording for J.J., and went on to further state that J.J. used both the old recording from RotJ and the new recording that Hamill did. The newly recorded lines are added as the reverb.
  • DAVIDPD
    He has some serious skills in voice acting. I was taken right back to the original films when I heard his Skywalker voice over.
  • Dick Cockburn
    Again, I think the writer of this is wrong. I've said this on many other sites, after Luke says "the force is strong in my family" right after that you hear Han say "my family" referring to he and Leia's child I'm guessing... it has to be. Now who that child is we do not know. But that part is NOT reverb. Listen again. It could refer to Daisy Ridley....but why is she living alone as a scavenger on a desert planet? Or it could be Adam Driver who we saw both as an xwing pilot and as rumor has it the sith in the snowy forest. But so far all we've seen use a lightsaber is the sith, so I am guessing Driver at least.
    • The Bandsaw Vigilante
      Actually, Oscar Isaac plays the X-Wing pilot (Poe Dameron) in the trailer; Adam Driver plays Kylo Ren (the Revan/Vader-looking Sith with the broadsword-lightsaber).
      • Jack Goff
        Do a yahoo search, there is a picture of Driver in an xwing pilot uniform.
        • Guest
          yahoo?
        • The Bandsaw Vigilante
          Oh, I thought you were just talking about the trailer, there. Sorry.
  • redtie
    Metachlorians ruined the force forever. Want to know how strong someone is with the Force? Measure the metachlorians in her blood. "The force is strong in my family" Yeah? No shit, it's genetic asshole.
    • The Bandsaw Vigilante
      The concept of measuring the Force goes back decades; the 1976 ANH novelization makes mention of the "Jedi scientists" who attempted to measure the Force via physical means. The Force is still the universal energy field described by Alec Guinness in the original film; I've personally never had any trouble reconciling them.
      • SubSumeYou
        What??? No, it doesn't, dude.
        • The Bandsaw Vigilante
          Um...wait, which part of my post are you talking about, here? (Not trying to be snarky or anything.)
    • Darkside1
      Midichlorians didn't really measure how strong someone was with the force, it measured their connection with the force, just because someone had a strong connection to the force it doesn't mean they are more powerful, just have the potential to be. Also, the force is not genetic (Although in the Skywalker case I guess it kind of is..) as people can be born force sensitive even if neither of their parents are, or vice versa for that matter.
  • Joynal Abdin
    I think I'm going slightly mad. I'm convinced there's a woman's (Leia?) murmur in the echo / reverb after Luke says '...my sister has it...'.
    • Jack Goff
      Read Dick Cockburn's comment
  • AlbinoRhino
    I can't wait to see the opening weekend numbers for this film. It's going to be a monster.
  • David Garrard
    Very Cool.....can't wait

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