Back when Star Wars: The Force Awakens was in its marketing phase before it was released in December 2015, fans online were speculating about Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and his role in the film as well as the rest of the trilogy as a whole. Some fans speculated that he may have turned to the Dark Side and one of the more laughable fan theories was that Luke was actually Kylo Ren.
Well as it turns out, Luke Skywalker is in a different place in his life compared to where we last left him in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. About 30 years later, Luke has stayed in the planet of Ahch-To following the guilt and mistakes he may have made when training his nephew Ben Solo (Adam Driver). With Star Wars: The Last Jedi on the way, it looks like Luke trains our new hero Rey (Daisy Ridley) out of reluctance with the new trailer featuring him lamenting that the Jedi must end.
So sure, 30 years can do a lot of damage to one of the most iconic protagonists in all of cinema. But based off of what we have been hearing about Rian Johnson’s highly anticipated follow-up to The Force Awakens, Luke does not look to be turning to the Dark Side anytime soon.
But the idea of playing a version of Luke within the Dark Side much like his father would be something that Hamill would personally salivate over. In the recent Empire Magazine spread on The Last Jedi, Hamill expressed that he would love to play an evil version of the farmboy-turned-Jedi:
“Oh baby, would I love to play my own evil twin! It’d be great because you could maybe not reveal its Evil Luke until the real Luke shows up. We could watch this guy undermining the good guys secretly – maybe even killing a supporting character out of everyone’s sight, so they all go, ‘What’s going on? He’s crazy!’ And then, of course, the good Luke shows up.”
Hamill would definitely have the time of his life playing a villain as he has showcased in the past before with his roles in DC Comics properties – most notably as the Joker.
But to see him play the evil version of Luke Skywalker? In theory, that would be interesting to see but translating onscreen would definitely be a challenge. If an evil Luke Skywalker, or more specifically Luke’s evil twin (or triplet?) brother were to come into fruition, that would certainly divide fans especially given that they have had a certain vision of Luke in their minds for over 40 years now.
Who knows at this point? But as long as Hamill is having the time of his life playing this character, Star Wars fans should be very happy that we are seeing our favorite Jedi on more adventures even decades after we last saw him.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in our galaxy on December 15, 2017.
8 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Movies We Really Want To See
May the 4th be with you, everyone! Even on May the 8th! With Star Wars weekend in the rear-view mirror, it’s still a great time to kick back, get out your old glow-in-the-dark lightsaber toys and Darth Vader Halloween masks, and pop in those original trilogy DVDs. Maybe even all 8 currently-released films, if you’re up for the challenge (both mental and otherwise). Speaking of which, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just came out on Blu-ray, marking the first home release of many Star Wars spin-off movies to come.
Of these, only one future title has been confirmed – Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, to be released in May of 2018. Beyond that, we know Disney had at least two more planned, and probably more down the line. And why not? The Star Wars universe is so ripe for exploration. There are so many characters we were introduced to in the Saga movies that could easily get their own film. And it doesn’t stop there. The legacy of the Jedi and the Sith go back thousands of years, opening up virtually endless possibilities of story material.
Given this abundance of material just waiting to be tapped into, Heroic Hollywood decided to celebrate the Star Wars holiday by compiling a list of the Star Wars stand-alone movies we’d most like to see. While some of the films on this list are more likely to be developed than others, they each share one unifying factor: they’d all be freakin’ awesome!
Heroic Hollywood proudly presents the 8 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Movies We Really Want To See! Click next to get started. And may the Force be with you!