Mark Hamill Knows What He Wants Luke Skywalker’s Star Wars Future to Be

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With the release of The Rise of Skywalker in 2019, the Skywalker saga finally came to an end, marking the close to the nine-part epic about Anakin Skywalker, his children Luke and Leah, and Rey, who isn’t related but decided to take up the name after Luke was mean to her for a few months. Even as young Anakin mused upon the problems with sand and Rey did Force Facetime calls with Kylo Ren, Luke Skywalker remained the de facto main character of Star Wars, thanks to his prominent place in the original trilogy.

But it’s time for Luke’s time to end. The person making that call? None other than Mark Hamill, Luke himself. While doing press for the decidedly less epic comedy The Machine, Hamill reflected on his time as the farmboy turned Jedi with CBS News Sunday Morning (via Variety). When asked if he wanted to don the robes of Luke Skywalker once again, the actor leaned toward the negative. “Well, you never say never, but I just don’t see any reason to,” he said. “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.”

On the first point, it’s hard to disagree with Hamill’s assessment. Star Wars does have a lot of stories to tell and has been doing so with varying degrees of success. Since the overall disappointment of Rise of Skywalker, the franchise has established itself on television, with the space-Western The Mandalorian and the politically-minded Andor earning critical and commercial acclaim, while Obi-Wan Kenobi and The Book of Boba Fett struggled to connect with audiences.

More importantly, Star Wars seems to be branching out from the world before Luke Skywalker. With Dave Filoni at the helm, new Star Wars series have built from his work in the prequel era, as The Mandalorian season three, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the upcoming Ashoka all continue plotlines from his Clone Wars cartoon series.

This isn’t to say that Luke has been completely left behind. The character died after facing down his former apprentice Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi, but made the requisite Force ghost appearance in Rise of Skywalker. Younger versions of Luke also turned up in The Mandalorian and in Book of Boba Fett, once played by digitally de-aged Hamill and once completely made by AI, more machine than man in either case.

Given the mixed reception to these last two appearances, it’s easy to see how Hamill could walk away from Star Wars. Upcoming shows such as Skeleton Crew and The Acolyte have little need for Luke, and there’s no reason to believe that the announced films from Filoni, James Mangold, and Taika Waititi don’t seem to be mining the Original Trilogy era.

With the call to adventure finally answered and settled, Luke Skywalker is finally free to do what he’s always wanted to do: get those power converters from Tosche Station.

The post Mark Hamill Knows What He Wants Luke Skywalker’s Star Wars Future to Be appeared first on Den of Geek.

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