Mark Hamill has more than left his mark on cinematic history. Given the legacy he has playing Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars Saga since 1977, his triumphant return to the big screen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi was highly-anticipated by audiences worldwide.
However, when the film was released, some fans were underwhelmed at how Luke was portrayed in the film. Hamill has famously mentioned that he “fundamentally disagreed” with writer/director Rian Johnson’s approach to the character, but has since regretted that sentiment after seeing the vision fulfilled.
In The Last Jedi, after Force-projecting a slightly-younger version of himself on Crait as he faces off against his nephew Ben Solo/Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Luke is last seen back on Ahch-To as he stares at a Binary Sunset for one last time before literally becoming one with the Force as he dies from the exhaustion of his final heroic act.
But with Star Wars: Episode IX now without Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Luke Skywalker and likely General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) physically out of the picture, it is time for the new generation of heroes to stand on their own as they fulfill their own legacies.
Given this fact, Hamill recently expressed that he is uninterested in returning to Star Wars due to the fact that there will no longer be an on-screen reunion between the original trilogy’s heroic trio:
“It really has tarnished my ability to enjoy it to its fullest. You were asking earlier, ‘Are you gonna come back?’ I don’t care anymore, on that level. Because Han Solo is gone, Luke is gone. You just can’t get the band back together the way you wanted it to be, and it shouldn’t be that way. It is what it is. Rather than being sorry that we can’t have more of her, I’m just grateful that we had the time with her that we did.”
Carrie Fisher’s death certainly plays a significant role as to why Hamill’s interest in returning has waned. Episode IX was reportedly going to heavily feature General Leia much like how The Force Awakens centered on Han and The Last Jedi centered on Luke.
Despite his apparent disinterest, it wouldn’t be surprising if Hamill would return for Episode IX as a Force ghost. After all, Rey still needs the help she needs in order for the Jedi Order to be rebuilt. Sure, she has the ancient Jedi texts, but perhaps having Luke’s Force ghost involved can motivate her even more.
What do you think of Hamill’s comments? Do you think he will gain more enthusiasm if he were to return for Episode IX? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news in the galaxy far, far away.
Here is the synopsis for Star Wars: The Last Jedi:
In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Frank Oz and Benicio del Toro.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now available to own on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD.
Source: ABC News
5 Things To Look Forward To In ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’
Solo: A Star Wars Story is set to hit theaters later this year and will certainly be a departure for the franchise. Similar to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Solo is going to be a prequel on the adventures of the smuggler originally played by Harrison Ford. Han Solo is one of the most memorable and iconic characters in the franchise whose origins we have yet to see fleshed out beyond knowing he is a smuggler. There’s a lot of fascinating potential here.
This is a film that seemingly isn’t that important for the franchise, but it easily could be. It could do a lot of things for the Star Wars canon and there is a lot to look forward to in this one. While it’s not inherently the most anticipated film in the franchise there are still a lot of things that will be exciting to see unfold on the big screen.
Here are 5 things to look forward to in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Click Next to continue.