The beloved character of Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill in the Star Wars universe, may not make a comeback in the upcoming movies. Known for his heroic portrayal of Jedi in the highly-acclaimed franchise, Hamill shared his thoughts about returning as Luke Skywalker in an interview.
Will We See Mark Hamill in Future Star Wars Installments?
In an interview with Tracy Smith for CBS Sunday Morning, Mark opened up about his future as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars series. While talking about his upcoming comedy adventure, The Machine, with stand-up comedian Bert Kreischer, Mark revealed that he might not return as Luke Skywalker. Hamill first starred as Luke Skywalker in the 1977 blockbuster Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope alongside Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. He was last seen as Luke Skywalker in 2019’s Star Wars: Episode IX- The Rise of Skywalker.
The Jedi Master also recalled how the cast of the 1977’s A New Hope was amazed at the public’s response during the promotional tour.
“We started the publicity tour – it was Carrie, Harrison and me. And when we landed in Chicago I looked out and I saw there were crowds outside. I said, ‘Hey you guys, there must be somebody famous on this plane.’ We’re lookin’ around for, like, some superstar athlete or whatever.”
“They’re dressed like us! There was no merchandising at that time, so they had, you know, made homemade lightsabers and all these things. We sort of looked at each other and said, ‘Wow.'”
The budget for the first movie was valued at $11 million and it went on to earn a whopping $800 million during its run. On being asked whether he would be returning to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker in future, Hamill seemed to be content with what his character has achieved.
“I had my time, and that’s good,”
“But that’s enough.”
Although, the door is not closed for the actor to have one last dance with the beloved Luke Skywalker and give fans a proper farewell.
“Well, you never say never. 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.”
While the 71-year-old may think that, we can never get enough of Luke and will always “need” him to be our Jedi Master.
Upcoming Star Wars Project
Earlier this year, Kathleen Kennedy– the studio executive of Lucasfilm confirmed a new Star Wars series film at the Star Wars Celebration. Daisy Ridley has been confirmed to play Rey in the upcoming Jedi Order movie which will be directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. However, Rey and Luke Skywalker share the same timeline which could mean a potential revival of Hamill’s return. We will also get to see Ahsoka starring Rosario Dawson later this year on Disney+. We will also see Jude Law, Jaleel White, Kerry Condon, Ravi Cobot-Conyers, Kyriana Kratter, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Robert Timothy Smith, and Tunde Adebimpe in the Skeleton Crew on the streaming platform.
Many die-hard fans have also been waiting for Luke Skywalker and Supreme Leader Snoke to come face-to-face. While they’ve never shared screen space with each other throughout the franchise, in The Rise of The Kylo Ren miniseries, we see Snoke is horribly deformed. It is revealed that Snoke suffered these wounds as a result of a battle between him and Luke. We never see what leads Snoke and Skywalker to this battle and this remains a mystery. This implies that there are some missing pieces that the creators need to fill and Hamill will be required to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker, after all.