Mark Hamill’s Return To The Millennium Falcon Was Haunting On ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Set

Luke-Skywalker-Falcon-Last-Jedi-e1511120007340 (1)After debuting their covers, Entertainment Weekly has continued to release a bevy of information and interviews regarding Star Wars: The Last Jedi, with their latest focusing on Mark Hamill.

In one the latest trailers for the film, Luke Skywalker boards the Millennium Falcon for what is presumably the first since Return of the Jedi. For Luke Skywalker, it’s a moment that’s haunting, one with memories of joy and kinship rushing through, only to realize that all of those moments are gone.

For Mark Hamill, the man behind Skywalker, boarding the set of the ship was the same as his cinematic counterpart:

“I’m telling you, I didn’t expect to have the reaction I had. I was there with my family, with [my children] Nathan and Griffin and Chelsea and my wife Marilou, and [Lucasfilm] asked if the documentary crew could be there when I came back on the Millennium Falcon. I mean, this was not on the shooting day. I was just street clothes and going to visit that set. And I said, ‘Sure.’”

Hamill continued by discussing how emotional the moment was:

“It was sort of like visiting an old house that you lived in when you were a kid. I mean, I just welled up with emotion and I said, ‘I need to be by myself.’”

Everyone obliged and in moments, Hamill was in it by himself, reminiscing about the past:

“They had recreated it down to every last detail that I remember. The oil drips, the hanging pipes, just everything. The dice in the cockpit,”

Rian Johnson, the director of The Last Jedi stated that the scene of Skywalker returning to the ship was one of the first days of shooting with Hamill at Pinewood Studios. Johnson also revealed that the cockpit set is an enclosed space, which meant that every crew member around was watching the video monitors to see the play out:

“God, I remember so vividly getting that shot of him turning on the lights in the Falcon cockpit. And we all kind of looked at each other, just like, ‘Oh my God.”

While the scene is a hurrah and a return to form for fans, in the context of the film, Johnson said that it was a scene deeply rooted in sorrow:

“There’s a lot of melancholy. You know, that ship is just filled with ghosts for Luke.”

Are you excited to see Luke return to the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Comment below and let us know!

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

Here’s the official synopsis:

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.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

5 Ways ‘The Last Jedi’ Links To Greater ‘Star Wars’ Canon

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Star Wars The Last JediStar Wars: The Last Jedi is right around the corner. The film is the next chapter in the ongoing Skywalker saga. It’s also unique in the Star Wars films as it is the first one to be an immediate sequel to its predecessor. But that does not mean there won’t be plenty of Easter eggs for fans of the greater Star Wars canon to pick up on and enjoy.

One of the biggest criticisms about the previous Star Wars canon, now dubbed Legends, is that ancillary material never connected. Since Disney has taken over and the establishment of the Star Wars Story Group, that has all changed. The modus operandi has been to have everything connect but not in an intrusive way– one that feels more natural to reward the more hardcore fans as well as to intrigue new fans.

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