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New ‘Star Wars’ book from Luke’s perspective teases potential twist in ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

A new book reveals Luke was talking to his father. Will Anakin appear in ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ later this year?

A look at the book cover for “The Secrets of the Jedi.”
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SALT LAKE CITY — Sure, you might hate “The Last Jedi.” You may take umbrage with cranky Luke Skywalker, the blue/green milk, and how Luke felt about the Jedi Order.

But here’s the deal — Luke Skywalker knew about almost everything there was to know when it comes to the Star Wars universe. In fact, he knew about the Old Republic, the Clone Wars, his father Anakin Skywalker and so much more.

That’s according to a new “Star Wars” book that’s due out soon. “Star Wars: The Secrets of the Jedi” is a new book from author Marc Sumerak, which will chronicle the history of the Jedi Order written from Luke Skywalker’s perspective.

“It’s always a great pleasure to get to return to a galaxy far, far away for another project, but having the chance to explore the path of the fabled Jedi Order through Luke’s eyes was an honor like none I’ve ever had before,” Sumerak told StarWars.com. “The Skywalker saga has always been such a crucial piece of my own personal pop culture landscape over the years, so being able to write this book in the words of Luke himself was a dream come true.”

The new book — which “is filled with lush paintings and special interactive features, including a pop-up holocron, a translator card, a Jedi equipment booklet, and more,” according to StarWars.com — will be released on Nov. 19.

But it’s actually pretty revealing about what Luke understood when he appeared in “The Last Jedi.” For example, the text — seen in this image available on StarWars.com — proves that Luke knew about the events of the Clone Wars and about the Jedi High Council.

And it appears he learned a lot from previous Jedi, including Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and yes, his father, Anakin Skywalker — all three of whom appeared at the end of “Return of the Jedi” after the destruction of the Second Death Star.

He also knew about Qui-Gon Jinn, who received training from “Ancient Force Priestesses” to learn how they could become one with the Force and appear as a Force ghost.

“That knowledge was passed down to a select few, including Obi-Wan, Yoda, and my father,” Luke writes in the “Spirits” section of the book, according to Inverse. “Their spirits guided me for many years but vanished when I shut myself off from the Force. It’s a relief to feel their presence after all this time.”

So what does that mean? Well, for one, it proves that Luke has been talking with his father in the years after Darth Vader’s death. And he never stopped communicating with Yoda or Obi-Wan Kenobi.

In fact, it brings additional context to the scene in “The Last Jedi” when Yoda appears as a ghost to poke fun at Skywalker. This isn’t the first time they’ve spoken since Yoda’s death in “Return of the Jedi.”

While this doesn’t necessarily give any direct spoilers for the upcoming “Rise of Skywalker” film, it suggests that Luke is prepared to appear as a Force ghost (that was confirmed already in previous reports, including one from the Deseret News).

And given that Luke’s voice can be heard saying that “no one is ever really gone” in the “Rise of Skywalker” trailer, we may just get to see some older “Star Wars” legends appear again, especially now that we know Luke has done it before.