The first official trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was finally released today and while fans were thrilled to see exciting new footage from the film, the final line of the preview did hint at an ominous fate for the Jedi. Closing on a shot of Luke Skywalker standing just outside a cave, the self-exiled hero stated that it was time for the Jedi Order to come to an end. In an interview with Fandango at Star Wars Celebration Orlando, Mark Hamill discussed Luke’s role in the film and hinted that the classic hero’s story may conclude with The Last Jedi.
Hamill explained that Luke Skywalker will be a different man than the one fans last saw in Return of the Jedi.
“Well he’s a completely different person. He had an arc [in the original trilogy], and I think Carrie and Harrison admitted their characters were pretty much the same throughout, but Luke was always changing. Now we have this 30-year gap between the films, so a lot of if is conjecture. It’s not specifically my story – Rey is now the protagonist.”
Mark Hamill revealed that he was initially displeased with some of the creative choices director Rian Johnson made for his character.
“They certainly surprised me. I said to Rian, I think I fundamentally disagree with everything you’ve decided for me. Now having said that, I have to accept it, get my mind around it and do my best to realize your vision. Once I got into it, a lot of my fears went away.”
Mark Hamill played coy when asked if Luke Skywalker’s journey will come to an end in The Last Jedi.
“To be determined.”
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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 and Andy Serkis. Introduced to the Star Wars saga are newcomers Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran and Benicio del Toro.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released in theaters on December 15, 2017.