Is ‘Star Wars’ Done With Luke Skywalker? Mark Hamill Is Out

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A new generation of cinema was born when Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker traversed the universe in the Star Wars film franchise. Since its galactic beginning in 1977 with 20th Century Fox, there have been over a dozens feature films and TV series created, extending the universe. Mark Hamill has appeared as Luke Skywalker in at least nine official Star Wars films and/or series, and he thinks it’s just about enough.

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Credit: LucasfilmMark Hamill was interviewed on CBS News’s “Sunday Morning.” Hamill explains that he just doesn’t see the need to revisit Luke Skywalker’s character in any future installments of the Star Wars franchise. He feels that Luke’s story has been told to its fullest and that the universe can go forward without him.

Here’s his exact quote about becoming Luke Skywalker again,

Well, you never say never, but I just don’t see any reason to. Let me put it that way: I mean, they have so many stories to tell, they don’t need Luke anymore. I had my time, and that’s good. But that’s enough.

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Hamill said he started to “disengage” from the character after reading the script for Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), where Luke Skywalker dies. After 40 years of playing the same character, Mark Hamill was ready to retire Luke’s lightsaber. However, he did return as a ghost in The Rise of Skywalker (2019) and even agreed to some Disney+ series later on.

In The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, de-aging technology was used via motion capture to present a young Luke Skywalker the show’s timelines demanded. Mark Hamill’s appreciation for The Mandalorian motivated his return to the role, but he told Esquire that he found the de-aged version of himself very odd.

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He said,

It is unusual to see yourself like that….People say, ‘Oh, now you’re going to be able to do a whole series of Luke post-Return of the Jedi.’ I said, ‘I don’t think so.’ First of all, they don’t need to tell those stories, but if they do, they could get an age-appropriate actor.”

Mark Hamill may be putting his foot down on returning as Luke Skywalker, but all good things must come to an end. At least the world can count on an abundance of future Star Wars content from Disney and Lucasfilm.

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