Earlier this year, a description of the outfit Luke Skywalker would wear throughout Star Wars: Episode 8 arrived online, revealing that the exiled Jedi master has at least one other set of clothing in his wardrobe besides that white and grey get-up seen at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The original report came our way via the ALWAYS reliable Making Star Wars, who reported that Luke will spend the next chapter of the saga in a darker outfit that is more in line with his Return of the Jedi wardrobe:
Luke Skywalker wears a darker costume compared to what we saw in The Force Awakens. This costume is more evocative of his Return of the Jedi clothes in cut and color. His undertunic reminds me of Count Dooku but his very dark grey cape drops over the top of his shoulders and chest like a shawl. This leaves his right arm free but half of his chest covered by the cape. It’s almost similar to the asymmetrical cut of Captain Phasma’s cape, but more like a shawl in the way it cover his chest.
Making Star Wars were able to get artist Lumberjack Nick to do an accurate representation of Luke Skywalker’s Star Wars: Episode VIII costume. This depiction is from a training sequence where Rey is frustrated with Luke’s teachings. Nick decided to go with the mechanical look of the hand because we couldn’t tell if Luke had a robotic hand or the black glove in this sequence. He also didn’t appear to have a lightsaber at all but was holding either a thin spear, thin walking stick or a piece of junk so we gave him a placeholder object for his hand in the picture. The point of the photo is that you can see what the design is for Luke’s costume used in those rainy sequences between Skywalker and Rey. Rey’s costume is also accurate:
This takes us to an interesting tid bit by Making Star Wars
In the film, the costume is apparently just filthy most of the time. Skywalker is more like Yoda on Dagobah in terms of style than the white regal costume he wore to meet Rey at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This costume gets a lot dirtier in the film than the cartoon depiction by Lumberjack Nick. You will also notice there isn’t really any belt or anything for his lightsaber. It makes us wonder if what our friends in Ireland saw was actually a saber or not during the filming, as there seems to be some contention as to if Luke ever actually uses one in this film.
Luke has been living on an island for years, of course he hasn’t been taking care of himself and would look more like an old hermit than a put-together warrior monk. Especially interesting is the note about Luke not actually using a lightsaber in the film. Would a Jedi of Luke’s power even need one? And more importantly, would he even want to handle a Jedi weapon again after watching Ben Solo, his own student, betray him and murder so many innocents? The imagination reels, especially since writer/director Rian Johnson is apparently taking Star Wars in some pretty extreme directions.
Star Wars: Episode 8 is set to open on December 15, 2017.