The Star Wars legend is looking forward to hanging up his Jedi robes once and for all
Mark Hamill has been one of the leading faces of the Star Wars franchise for more than forty years. As Luke Skywalker, we have followed his journey from farm boy to Jedi Knight, joined him on his quest to redeem his father, and shared his final moments on the clifftops of Ahch-To.
We’ve known for a while now that Hamill would make a triumphant return to the saga in one capacity or another in J.J Abrams’ The Rise of Skywalker, but if he has anything to say about the future of Luke Skywalker, he will be retiring his Jedi robes for good when the credits roll on the final chapter of the saga this December.
Whilst on the red carpet at the premiere of the highly anticipated reboot of Child’s Play, Hamill stressed that he hopes The Rise of Skywalker represents the end of the line for Luke Skywalker. He said, “I sure hope so. I had closure in the last one. The fact that I’m involved in any capacity is only because of that peculiar aspect of the Star Wars mythology where if you’re a Jedi, you get to come back and make a curtain call as a Force ghost.”
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The Rise of Skywalker has been billed as the culmination of the nine-part Skywalker legacy and will bookend the entire saga to date. Future Star Wars movies will primarily focus on fresh characters and new beginnings opting to move away from the Skywalker heritage once and for all. Rian Johnson has been commissioned to write and direct a whole new trilogy of movies whilst Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are currently working on a new Star Wars project presumed to focus on the Knights of the Old Republic.
For me, the retirement of the Skywalker legacy is way overdue. Like most Star Wars fans, I yearned for a new trilogy featuring the original legacy characters, but if one thing The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi has taught me, getting what you want isn’t always a good thing. I enjoyed The Force Awakens and was initially charmed by Johnson’s divisive The Last Jedi, and yet my admiration of both movies has diminished with every subsequent screening. It’s not that they are bad movies, it’s simply that they have fallen far short of the expectations I had when the trilogy was announced. I believe breaking free from the restraints of the original trilogy will liberate the franchise and reunify a fanbase which has very different opinions on which direction the saga should take.
In truth, a Knights of the Old Republic movie has been a project the fans have been calling for many years and the prospect of finally seeing those hopes and dreams come to fruition is an exciting prospect. Where the franchise is headed after that is anyone’s guess. Until then, the saga in its current form will come to end this December.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker completes the saga on December 20th.
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Source: AP Entertainment