Mark Hamill Will Return As Luke Skywalker For ‘Star Wars Episode VIII’ | Film News
Mark Hamill‘s Luke Skywalker was the focus of George Lucas‘ original Star Wars trilogy, yet has been mysteriously left out of most advertising for J. J. Abrams upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Speaking to the Associated Press, Abrams has stated this was a deliberate decision on his part to open up questions about the character.
We already know the events of the original trilogy will be dwarfed by the new expanded Star Wars universe, with Skywalker and his compatriots becoming myths to its peoples. Luke, the only known living Jedi master at the close of Return of the Jedi, is very much the stuff of myth; incredibly powerful and having already caused such radical change in the world around him.
However, Disney’s new film is surrounded in rumour and many focus on the idea Hamill’s character will have fallen to the dark side or will die in the third act of the instalment. Though neither can be debunked right now, we do now have confirmation the Luke Skywalker’s narrative will not end with The Force Awakens. Hamill recently tweeted that he will have a role in Star Wars episode VIII. Directed by Looper‘s Rian Johnson and starring Benicio Del Toro, little is known about the film which is expected to see release in 2017.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 23, 2015
For me, Luke Skywalker’s story was only just beginning at the climax of the original trilogy; and the new films seem to have a similar opinion. Hopefully Hamill will continue in the role and we will see what that young farm boy, staring off at the dual suns of Tatooine, has become. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in the UK on December 18.
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