Mark Hamill Wanted Luke To Survive Until ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

Star Wars The Last JediIn The Director and the Jedi, a feature-length documentary included as one of the special features for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, features an in-depth look at the production of the film. In the movie, Mark Hamill discusses his controversial creative disagreement with director Rian Johnson, his regret for making his concerns public, and why he found peace and purpose with one of his final scenes in the movie.

Hamill previously stated that he fundamentally disagreed with Johnson in discussing the direction Luke Skywalker took as a character, but he’s since clarified that, after watching the finished movie, he believes it was the right direction to take the character even if it’s not what he initially wanted. (Hamill notes that he regrets making his anxiety public, especially as he hadn’t seen the finished movie at the time.) At the time of pre-production, Hamill had some harsh words about Johnson’s take on the character, but was confident enough in his vision to carry it through:

“Here I am going home again. but it was a house I didn’t recognize at all. It’s not distaste at all. It just wasn’t a Luke I understood. You have your own interpretation of how the character should be utilized. My character represented hope…now, he’s sort of demoralized. [I said to Rian Johnson], ‘I hate what you’ve done with my character.’ After I got that off my chest, it was like, ‘Lead me, o guru…’ I’m like a lot of you. I feel an investment in it, a certain sense of ownership. I’m sorry I lowered my bar and expressed my misgivings about it, because that belongs in the process, it doesn’t belong to the public. I made that statement before I saw the finished film.”

Some have argued that Hamill is somehow spinning his statements in order to avoid upsetting Disney’s higher-ups and that he hates Rian Johnson, but given that in the past two years he’s treated Johnson like a good friend even when he isn’t promoting Star Wars, it’s an easier case to make that Hamill didn’t take the creative disagreement personally and that he actually is a fan of the film. Hamill also noted that he was hoping that Luke wouldn’t become one with the Force until Star Wars Episode IX, but ultimately decided that a selfless end for Luke was what best suited the story:

“My first reaction was, ‘Can’t we push this off until [Episode IX]? Luke eventually does the right thing selflessly for the good of the Rebel Alliance, and [I realized] I should do the selfless thing for the betterment of the movie. Seriously. I’m not trying to be self-aggrandizing, I’m just saying, in the greater scope of things, number one, I never expected to come back, so this is all like found money.”

It’s likely that we’ll see Luke again as a Force Ghost in Star Wars Episode IX, especially since Carrie Fisher’s Leia has been written out of that film. Johnson’s own comments seem to indicate that Luke being in a form more powerful than we can possibly imagine actually allows him to have a greater influence than if he were alive, so we’ll have to wait and see where J. J. Abrams’ trilogy-capper takes the character — presuming he’s in the movie, which no party has officially announced as of yet.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is still playing in theaters, and is targeting Digital HD and DVD/Blu-Ray releases on March 13 and March 27 respectively. The movie’s cast includes Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Armitage Hux, Benicio Del Toro as “DJ”, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and Jimmy Vee as R2-D2.

Source: The Director and the Jedi (Via IndieWire)

‘Star Wars’: 5 Theories For ‘Episode IX’

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Star Wars The Last Jedi ReyStar Wars: Episode IX is now less than two years away from being released. Now that The Last Jedi, the second part of Disney and Lucasfilm’s new Star Wars trilogy, is past us, people have immediately begun speculating onto what the closing chapter will be about.

If there was one thing that The Last Jedi had going for it, it was that it set up a lot. All of the characters were in very different places that they were in at the start of the movie. By the end, there were numerous possibilities for Episode IX to go.

Here are some of the things that could happen in Star Wars: Episode IX!

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Grant Davis

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