- "Always save your best trick for last."
- ―Luke Skywalker
Force projection, also known as Similfuturus, was a Fallanassi Force technique recorded in the sacred Jedi texts and utilized by Jedi Master Luke Skywalker during the Battle of Crait. The technique allowed a Jedi to create an illusory doppelgänger of themselves that could be transmitted through the Force across vast distances.
- "What, are you suggesting that you're fighting a bunch of Jedi, able to project themselves from place to place like Luke Skywalker?"
- ―Branwayne Spiftz, to Aderat
Force projection required extreme concentration and focus. The Jedi poured their Living Force presence into the Cosmic Force, allowing them to create a simulacrum of themselves and small objects over distances of several light-years.
Using this power was extremely taxing; Kylo Ren noted that Rey, whose power in the Force rivaled his own immense powers as a Skywalker, would die just by trying. Although Luke Skywalker maintained a projection for several minutes, giving all of himself to the Force to allow him to physically interact with his surroundings, the strain cost him his life.
The simulacrum, being only a projection, allowed one to appear to perform seemingly impossible feats, such as being unscathed after taking a barrage of blaster bolts, or disappearing from one position and reappearing in another. It also allowed one to project something other than one's true physical appearance, such as making oneself appear younger, or appearing to have an object not currently in one's possession. Despite being otherwise immaterial, the user was at least capable of physical contact with others and could even fool advanced sensors and droids.
- "See you around, kid."
- ―Luke's projection, just before vanishing before Kylo Ren's eyes
The power of Force projection originated with the Fallanassi order. In 34 ABY, Jedi Master Luke Skywalker projected his appearance from Ahch-To to Crait, where he confronted his nephew, Kylo Ren, during the Battle of Crait. The feat was so strenuous that it led to Skywalker's death, after which he became one with the Force. He carried a copy of Han Solo's dice with him that he left with General Leia Organa, who left them at the old Rebel base on the planet. Ren discovered the dice, which disappeared shortly after Skywalker's death.
Skywalker's ability to project himself became known in the wider galaxy after his death, so the story of his stand against tyranny spread hope as the First Order invaded. Though some believed in Skywalker's power, others—such as First Order Commander Branwayne Spiftz—saw it as nothing more than a myth; Spiftz referred to the ability mockingly while chastising Lieutenant Aderat over the "disappearing" Minfar resistance fighters.
Behind the scenes
- "I've heard something like this described as a Force power, like actually projecting a vision of yourself elsewhere. But we've actually never seen it in the movies. It's something a little different. This could be a way that he could win this sequence."
- ―Rian Johnson
Force projection first appeared in Star Wars canon in the 2017 film Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi, the second installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Dopplegänger was originally introduced in the Star Wars Legends continuity in Dark Empire 5, which was authored by Tom Veitch, penciled by Cam Kennedy, and released on August 18, 1992.
In a special feature called Balance of the Force, Rian Johnson explained that, although he had imagined a scenario where Luke would be present on Crait and would accomplish incredible feats with the Force, he didn't want the Force to be reduced to a mere superpower. Instead, he wanted to find a way for Luke to beat Kylo Ren without causing him physical harm. Using the same approach he had employed for Rey and Ren with the Force-bond, he used the Force projection as a way to allow Luke a final, intimate confrontation with Ren.
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 72 (Highlights of the Saga: Luke's Journey in the Force)
- Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary (First identified as Similfuturus)
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian: Making of the Season 2 Finale
- (First identified as Force projection)
Notes and references
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
- The Last Jedi Adaptation 6
- Spark of the Resistance
- Star Wars: Battles that Changed the Galaxy
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens in 34 ABY. Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi takes place immediately after the end of The Force Awakens.
- Dark Empire 5