Originally Posted by Ambler
First major leak just happened with someone who's seen some concept art. Originates from an Italian website, but it's been translated to English. Sounds pretty epic (could even be the final act of the movie, so beware):
SPOILER SPACE I GUESS (man this is starting early...)
And yet more
A little more
That should be enough.
I really, sincerely was hoping we wouldn't see Luke use a lightsaber at all in this trilogy. It strikes me as one of those things fans THINK they want to see, but anything they put on screen is going to be a letdown.
And there's real STORY reasons not to have him use a saber at this point in his mastery of the Force as well:
Did Yoda use a lightsaber in Empire? No? Did the Emperor in JEDI? No? There's a reason. At some level of power you shouldn't NEED a laser-sword to fight your battles. This was one of the biggest disappointments of the Prequels, that they so utterly missed the mark on what mastery of the Force should Mean. Yoda can lift an X-wing with his mind, what the heck does he need a sword for? I get that Obi-Wan used one briefly before going ghost, and this franchise seems hell-bent on turning Luke into Obi, but there's a beautiful non-mystery-box question hanging over the new films that putting a lightsaber in Luke's hands simply ruins:
After 30 years, exactly HOW POWERFUL IS HE? THAT'S the question we all want to know, and see answered in an organic, emotionally fulfilling way that pays off the arc of growth for the character we saw in the OT.
Someone up-thread (at least I think it was this thread) mentioned what a battle between JEDI masters should look like, and referenced Voldemort vs Dumbledore in Order of the Phoenix. Take away the wands and I agree 10000%. Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren, some new bad guy, sure let them duke it out with the Force and their lightsabers. But when Jedi Master Skywalker is forced to finally enter the battle, it shouldn't be with a sword. After building up his presence into legendary-level McGuffin of the ENTIRE FIRST FILM status, Skywalker should basically be Neo from Reloaded. I'm not saying the flying part because that's not Star Wars at all, but the "You don't have to dodge bullets" stuff. The reality-warping, mad-wizard powers that seem to bend reality itself. After all the buildup to finding him after 30 years, to have Luke be yet another bearded Jedi with a laser-sword is, well, boring. And something the Prequels gave us oodles of. We don't need to see Luke being Obi-wan with better choreography. Or being Qui-Gon. Skywalker should be something we haven't seen before at this point in his life.
Want to put a lightsaber in his hand? Have him use it while he's training Rey, that makes total sense. But when the chips are down and it's time to FIGHT? To quote Dr. Jones misquoting Charlemagne: "Let my armies be the rocks and the trees and the birds in the sky."