Mark Hamill Reveals Why He Returned To The Star Wars Franchise  

In 2012, everything changed for the Star Wars franchise when George Lucas in a private meeting with Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher announced to step down and passed the baton to the successor Kathleen Kennedy. She is very competent and had big plans for the Star Wars sequel trilogy that would continue the story of the galaxy far, far away.

Mark Hamill has recently revealed that he never wanted to be part of new sequel trilogy. In a chat with New York Times, he said that neither he nor Fisher had any plans to appear in the sequels. The two stars thought that since the prequels focused on Anakin Skywalker and the previous generation, the subsequent movies will focus on the next generation.

But when Lucas told them that their characters will appear, it shocked them initially but Fisher said yes immediately. Hamill said he needs time to think and that he was really scared. He wasn’t sure that fans would accept the 60-70 year old versions of their favorite characters. As he was thinking, he assumed that there is no way Harrison Ford is going to do it. He said:

“He’s too old and too rich and too cranky. He’s not going to do this.”

But Ford said yes that put a lot of pressure on Mark to return as he would be the only one from the original trilogy not to return. So he too said yes.

He was’nt happy with the exercise regimen he was forced to go through as his role was reduced to a brief scene, but he has made his peace with it. He is not entirely impressed with Luke’s character arc in “The Last Jedi” and said this:

“That’s the hard part. You don’t want to admit how possessive you’ve become. There are times where you go, ‘Really? That’s what they think of Luke? I’m not only in disagreement – I’m insulted.’ But that’s the process and you thrash it all out.”

This is not the first time he has disagreed as he was never in favor of making Luke and Leia siblings at the first place.

There are so many questions around Luke Skywalker as we head to Star Wars Episode 8 which is just weeks away from a worldwide release. The last time we saw Luke Skywalker use light-saber on big screen was in 1983. The new batch of Star Wars merchandise has confirmed that Luke will be igniting his light-saber one more time in “The Last Jedi”.

The Alamo Drafthouse has access to Mondo pint glasses that fans can buy along with movie tickets. The one side of the glass has made its way online where Luke is clearly wielding his original blue light-saber and it is also ignited. It is significant for two reasons – Firstly, it is part of the official merchandise so it basically confirms that Luke will use his light-saber at some point in the movie. Secondly, he may very well use it to train Rey for advanced Jedi skills or he may actually fight to take down bad guys when they come under attack from Knights of Ren.

Another interesting thing here is that he won’t be using his green lightsaber from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi which he used to take down Palpatine and Darth Vader.

Millions of Star Wars fans are waiting for the next episode after the successful run of Star wars: Force awakens at the global box-office. After the horrible prequels, we really wanted to see an extremely well- directed Star Wars movie onscreen. The Force Awakens had the feel and the tone we wanted, it embraced the magic of original Star Wars movies which made us fell in love with the universe at the first place.

The hype around the movie is enormous, spoilers are all around and almost every Star Wars fan had become a detective keeping eyes on anything that comes into the public domain. The trailer was released earlier which did not give away much but recently behind-the-scenes footage rocked the internet and may have revealed something big.

It could very well be the case that the movie may feature a scene where Rey and Luke Skywalker fight each other to the death and it end up in master Jedi’s death. Since the release of the first teaser trailer, the Star Wars fans have been worried about Luke Skywalker’s imminent death as he may have turned to the dark side. Moreover, the recent poster and Mark Hamill’s comments that he was shocked to read the script have almost confirmed that it is the case. He said:

“I only know one thing. It’s time for the Jedi to end.”

According to Comicbookmovie, they have details of a very important scene between Rey and Luke. If the movie actually contains the scene, it will change everything about the Star Wars universe. [Spoilers ahead] Below is an extract from the scene:

“In the scene Luke tells Rey that the Jedi Council became “arrogant” and that they were hiding a “secret,” which led to their demise. The old Jedi Master takes Rey’s hand and shows her a glimpse into the past. They see two children playing near a tree on an alien planet. The boy noticed that he had greater strength and intuition when he was closer to this tree. The girl noticed that the tree also made her brother increasingly angry. One day an argument breaks out between the children, and the boy kills the girl. The boy touches the tree and is “transformed”. He kills his parents and leaves the planet. Meanwhile the girl is revealed to be alive, transformed by the tree as well, using her power to start the first Jedi Order.”

The director J.J. Abrams managed to reinvent Star Wars franchise and create enormous amount of buzz for the next instalment of the Skywalker saga. He is coming back for Star Wars 9 with a lot of big ideas with screenwriter Chris Terrio who is working on a screenplay.

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He is promising fans that the conclusive instalment will be unlike anything they have seen before. He intends to avoid repetitions and bring in many new elements onto the big screen. One of the biggest complaints of ‘The Force Awakens’ was that it seemed a rehash of ‘New Hope’ with latest computer graphics. Here’s what he said:

“Well, it’s certainly something that I’m aware of now working on Episode IX – coming back into this world after having done Episode VII. I feel like we need to approach this with the same excitement that we had when we were kids, loving what these movies were. And at the same time, we have to take them places that they haven’t gone, and that’s sort of our responsibility.”

According to a Reddit user who happened to meet Terrio and Abrams, posted his conversation on social media:

“They said that they’re going to be brave and there will be big surprises. I got the impression that JJ felt like he had to refresh previous Star Wars moments for a modern audience in TFA, and now it feels like they have free reign to do what they want. Apparently they’ve had no interference from Kathleen or Pablo or the Lucasfilm Story Group. 9 is also the film which unites all three trilogies and brings everything together. That’s all they would tell me.”

We have to take everything with a grain of salt if it’s the opinion of a random reddit user but he did post an image of him with Abrams-Terrio duo who are working on ninth episode script. According to Terrio, the movie will make it amply clear that prequels are also “happening in the same universe” as new movies. He added:

“I worry a little bit that the questions I was asking were too leading. I was speaking to Chris and he was talking about the OT. I said about how I grew up with the PT and the prequels were my entry point into Star Wars. I asked about elements of the PT coming into 9 and Chris said about how 9 unites all of it. He said 9 definitely makes it feel like they’re all happening in the same universe, and there would be PT elements in 9. They could be visual or thematic, he didn’t overtly say that there would be returning planets or characters from the PT or anything.”

There is a whole new generation of movie-goers who don’t hate the prequels as much as people above 30 age group. The new Star wars movies are for all generations so it makes perfect sense to give a reference to so called “prequels”. Here’s what J.J. Abrams said to BBC in an interview:

“Well, it’s certainly something that I’m aware of now working on Episode IX, coming back into this world after having done Episode VII. I feel like we need to approach this with the same excitement that we had when we were kids, loving what these movies were. And at the same time, we have to take them places that they haven’t gone, and that’s sort of our responsibility. It’s a strange thing, Michael’s worked on things like Planet of the Apes and Star Trek and Star Wars, and these are the things of dreams. Yet we can’t just revel in that; we have to go elsewhere.”

He has assured the fans that Star Wars 9 will be truly different and satisfying. He feels if they can manage to tie in all the three trilogies, it would be a big accomplishment. The movie is set to be released on May 24, 2019.

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Anuj Aggarwal

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