Star Wars veteran Mark Hamill has confirmed that he won’t return to the role of Luke Skywalker.
Mark Hamill has been with Star Wars since 1977’s A New Hope, which kicked off the franchise. Since then, Star Wars has become an absolute commercial juggernaut, spawning numerous forms of merchandise and spin-offs from the main saga. At the core of the franchise lies Luke Skywalker, our first introduction to the big, beautiful, and expansive saga that has persisted for nearly 5 decades. The character’s humble journey began in A New Hope, coming to a close in last year’s The Rise of The Skywalker.
With the Skywalker saga coming to a close in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker this past Winter, Hamill took to Twitter to say goodbye to the role of Luke Skywalker. As sad as it is, it’s news fans have been expecting for months considering the core Skywalker saga has come to a close.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) May 9, 2020
In The Rise of Skywalker, Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker was essentially relegated to a cameo, which didn’t please fans in the slightest. Many have been critical of Luke Skywalker’s treatment in the Sequel trilogy, including Hamill himself who repeatedly stated that he was against the trajectory his character was going in. Despite the mixed reception the Sequel trilogy got, Hamill seems to have had a blast returning to the character, even if it wasn’t the way he imagined it to go down.
His final goodbye aptly feels bittersweet as his Tweet suggests, as it appears he may not return to the franchise in any capacity going forward, such as voicing the character in video games. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the beloved Luke Skywalker will merely vanish from Star Wars media! Rather, we can expect numerous other voice actors and artists to take on the role from him, continuing the character’s fruitful legacy.
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Here is the official synopsis for The Rise of Skywalker:
Lucasfilm and director J. J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.
Directed by J. J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. The late Carrie Fisher appears as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood and subscribe to our YouTube channel for all the latest news surrounding Star Wars!
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