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Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"
The director of the latest "Star Wars" movie is striking back at critics who accused him of giving Luke Skywalker powers that weren't previously possible.
Rian Johnson attempted to prove Luke's ability to project an image of himself to another location through the Force in "The Last Jedi" is actually canon in the "Star Wars" universe by tweeting an excerpt from a 2010 "Star Wars" book titled "The Jedi Path."
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The novel describes an obscure power called "Doppelganger" that allows a Jedi to "create a short-lived duplicate of himself or herself."
"Those who have perfected this ability can create phantoms of any person of their choosing or trick an enemy into seeing more objects, such as droids, than are actually present," the excerpt reads.
Luke used this very power toward the end of "The Last Jedi" during a confrontation with the villainous Kylo Ren.
Lucasfilm ruled in 2014 that any "Star Wars" content outside of the franchise's main theatrical movies and a few approved animated productions would no longer be considered canon in a galaxy far, far away.
The 2010 book Johnson cites would technically fall into the non-canon category, but his tweets prove the concept of force projection existed long before "The Last Jedi" hit theaters on Dec. 15.
The film has grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide since its premiere.
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