Poor old Luke has really been through the ringer. He lost his arm during a heated father-son moment and was shown in the latest Last Jedi trailers being buried under burning buildings as his metal arm scrabbles up through the wreckage. Now Rian Johnson has revealed a truly disturbing storyline. With just over two weeks to go until Episode 8 hits cinemas, will fans really see their favorite hero blinded?

Johnson made the shock revelation to Vanity Fair in the new Star Wars January issue. He said: “Did I ever tell you that early on when I was trying to figure out the story for this (The Last Jedi), I had a brief idea I was chasing where I was like, ‘What if Luke is blind?’ “‘What if he’s, like, the blind samurai?’”

Star Wars fans will know that a very similar-sounding character did indeed pop up in Rogue One. Johnson’s idea, however, predates the creation of Donnie Yen’s blind Chirrut Imwe in the Star Wars Anthology spin-off. In the end, Johnson ditched the idea. Mark Hamill, unsurprisingly, loved the comic potential in it. He suggested they could have ended The Force Awakens with Rey crying: “Luke, not too close to the cliff!” Mark Hamill has also been speaking to may outlets as the build-up reaches its end.

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