‘Star Wars’: Mark Hamill Disagreed With Luke’s Direction In ‘The Last Jedi’

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After making a brief but powerful appearance in The Force Awakens, Mark Hamill will return to the Star Wars saga in The Last Jedi with a significantly more substantial role to play. While details on Luke Skywalker’s role in the film are unknown, aside from the fact that he will be involved in Rey’s training, it appears Hamill himself had a few issues with the direction the character takes in the next chapter of the space saga.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Hamill discussed how he approaches the Star Wars films just like any other fan, which includes offering his own fan theories and occasionally disagreeing with the creative minds behind the film in question. The actor specifically recalled recalled his initial reaction to a climatic moment during the lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo on his first reading of the script:

“The moment in the forest, when the saber rattles? I go, ‘Oh, baby, here I come!’ And then it flies into her hands? I said, What the hell, she hasn’t even trained!”

Hamill also expressed his disagreement over the creative choices made for Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi to director Rian Johnson:

“I at one point had to say to Rian, ‘I pretty much fundamentally disagree with every choice you’ve made for this character. Now, having said that, I have gotten it off my chest, and my job now is to take what you’ve created and do my best to realize your vision.”

Noting his respect for directors J. J. Abrams and Rian Johnson, Hamill explained that he approves of the final versions of both films and revealed the warning he delivered to both filmmakers regarding his ideas:

“I have thousands of really terrible ideas I would love to share with you, among which you might—just law of averages—find a nugget of something and go, ‘That’s not as terrible as the other 35 you just told us.'”

Considering Hamill played the character for considerable amount of time during his youth, it is understandable that he would have specific ideas on which direction Luke Skywalker’s story should or should not go. However, with many fans curious or possibly even concerned over Luke Skywalker’s journey in the next Star Wars film, perhaps some of those fears can be relieved by Hamill’s ultimate approval of the finished film?

Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran and Benicio del Toro.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released in theaters on December 15, 2017.

Source: Vanity Fair

10 Best Moments From The ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Teaser Trailer

The Last Jedi 1The wait is finally over, folks. The first trailer for the eagerly-anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiered at Star Wars Celebration Orlando to rapturous applause. Now that the world has been given an official first look at what happens following the events of The Force Awakens, let’s rundown through 10 of the best moments from this incredible trailer.

These moments will range from what new story details have been revealed to just plain exciting moments of cinematic wonder that only a film series like Star Wars can conjure up. So without further ado, let’s rundown 10 highlights from this new trailer.

1. Ahch-To at sunset

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In one of the first shots from the trailer, we get this gorgeous image of the island we last left Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on. We already saw how director J.J. Abrams visually caught the imagery of this beautiful island, but seeing Rian Johnson’s unique aesthetic capture the environment already sets an exciting precedent for what is certainly going to be one of the most visually dynamic Star Wars films yet.

2. Kylo remnants

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In this shot, we see the crushed up remains of the mask of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). When we last left him, we see him vulnerable after his embarrassing loss against Rey in their incredible lightsaber duel. Now, Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) is ready to help Kylo Ren complete his training. Does this crushed mask symbolize a new transformation for the character?

3. A mysterious book

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We then get a close up of a gloved hand gently surveying this mysterious book. From the looks of it, it looks related to the Jedi. But could this be the Journal of the Whills? Is this book used by Luke as a reference in Rey’s training? Perhaps we will have to wait and see.

4. Lightsaber training

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“It’s so much bigger.”

This incredible helicopter shot around the island is truly beautiful. We see Rey swinging around her lightsaber as she continues her training with Luke. She’s only getting a hint at the true scope of what the Force really is all about, and she still has no idea at how big her journey will truly get.

5. AT-ATs on the horizon?

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We see three ships piloting down some interesting terrain on an unknown planet. The design of these ships is intriguing, but if you look closely at this shot you can see what looks like AT-AT walkers on the horizon. Much like how The Force Awakens paid tribute to A New Hope, perhaps The Last Jedi finds ways to pay tribute to The Empire Strikes Back. 

6. Still asleep…

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Finn (John Boyega) was left in a coma after suffering a major blow in a lightsaber duel against Kylo Ren. This is the only shot we get of him in the trailer, but it looks like he has been transferred to some sort of rehabilitation chamber. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see the former stormtrooper in action, but perhaps they are saving some of his exciting adventures for the next trailer. Hopefully, he won’t be taking a backseat. After all, he is one of our new heroes in this trilogy.

7. Poe & BB-8 on the run

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The dashing Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and his trusty droid BB-8 are shown running through a Resistance base as a major attack has been unleashed. As they run towards their X-Wing, a major explosion occurs. We don’t get to see if their X-Wing survives the explosion, but this one helluva pilot is certainly going to shine in The Last Jedi. 

8. Falcon takes flight

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There is no such thing as too many Millennium Falcon shots. We see the iconic ship soaring through the cloudy skies as TIE Fighters are shooting towards it. Rey took the Falcon along with Chewbacca and R2-D2 to Ach-To to find Luke. Maybe the four of them eventually escape the island at some point in the film.

9. Ben
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Here, we have an intimidating shot of Kylo Ren with his lightsaber ignited towards the camera. Is he ready to duel against Rey again? Or maybe he’s about to fight against his uncle Luke Skywalker… Who knows, but he’s certainly not going to embarrass himself this time around.

10. “It’s time for the Jedi to end.”

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In what will undoubtedly be the most quoted line in this trailer, Luke laments to Rey that the Jedi must come to an end. Daisy Ridley expressed during the panel that sometimes, meeting your own heroes may lead you to different directions. This quote is certainly an indication that something’s up with Luke. But what? Looks like we’ll have to wait until December 15 to get all the answers (and perhaps even more questions).

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will arrive in our galaxy on December 15.

Sebastian Peris

Sebastian Peris

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  • Math

    Spoilers warning… I know what happens in the movie so don’t read this if you don’t want to know…

    …I don’t know if it’s the fact that Luke tried to kill Ben Solo while training him that Mark disagreed with. I know it’s a source of conflict between Rey and Luke while she’s training. Luke does not want to train her and she even needed Chewbacca’s help to make Luke listen to her. At one point, Rey talks to Kylo through the force and he tells her what happened and she confronts Luke about it. Then we see a flashback of Luke unable to bring himself to force choke a sleeping Ben, but when he lights up his saber, Ben wakes up and blocks his attack just in time. Seeing Luke trying to kill one of his apprentices, even though you can see the conflict in his eyes as he tries to do what he feel he must do, it is surprising and not what you would expect from Luke Skywalker. I personally find the decision very ballsy and a very intriguing path to take.

    • Carl

      I doubt that’s real but we shall see. Doesn’t sound good either.

      • Math

        Mark it… We can talk about it in December.