Has Luke been getting bigger? Has R2-D2 been getting smaller? Is somebody not great with Photoshop? These are questions Mark Hamill has raised in regards to a photo from the recent Vanity Fair cover story for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The photo in question seems normal enough on its own, but when compared side-by-side with a photo from the original trilogy, it does raise an interesting question.

One of the most intriguing photos from the Vanity Fair Rise of Skywalker spread sees Luke alongside his old pal R2-D2. The two are set against a fiery background and, given Luke's fate at the end of The Last Jedi, it raises some questions.

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But Mark Hamill has some questions of his own. When this photo is placed next to a photo of Luke from A New Hope, also with R2-D2, there appears to be a size discrepancy. Here's what Hamill had to say about it in a post on Twitter.

"Then vs Now: Have I been growing taller over the years or has R2D2 just been shrinking? You decide! #LargerLukeTheory #DiminutiveDroidTheory"

Not that this is meant to be taken seriously, but let's have some fun with it, shall we? The odds of R2-D2 shrinking seem far less likely in this scenario. At least if we're talking about the in-universe R2 unit and not the actual various R2 units that are built for the movies. So, more likely, somehow, Luke has gotten bigger, if we're running with the relative size of both figures in comparison to one another as accurate. Maybe all of that time in exile, drinking that green milk and eating those big space fish gave Luke a little bit of extra bulk? That is, if one of them has actually changed in size over the years.

Truthfully, it's more likely that this is just a result of the composition of the photos, or perhaps some Photoshop work that makes it appear as though Luke is bigger, or that R2 is smaller, in the more recent photo. It's highly unlikely that director J.J. Abrams consciously decided to significantly change the size of either character. Whatever the case, Mark Hamill couldn't resist having at least a little bit of fun with it.

The far more interesting question here is, how is Luke going to come back in this movie? The photo doesn't make him look like a Force ghost. He looks like Luke in the flesh. Since he died at the end of The Last Jedi, a Force ghost seemed to be his most likely path of return. Could he actually be resurrected somehow? Will this photo be part of a flashback? We have far more questions than answers right now. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set to arrive in theaters on December 20. Feel free to check out the post from Mark Hamill's Twitter account below.

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