In May 2023, several news outlets reported that Mark Hamill and Hayden Christensen might be reprising their roles as Luke Skywalker and Anakin Skywalker, respectively, in the new Rey Star Wars movie announced at the Star Wars Celebration earlier this year. Lucasfilm has yet to confirm or deny these reports, but in a recent interview, Hamill revealed what he feels about the idea of returning to the iconic role he first played over 45 years ago.
Will Mark Hamill return to Star Wars?
During a recent interview with CBS’ Sunday Morning, Mark Hamill was asked if he’ll ever return to the Star Wars franchise. The actor, however, didn’t give a definitive answer.
“I had my time, and that’s good,” he said. “But that’s enough.”
When the interviewer, Tracy Smith, asked him if there’s always a chance that he could go back even though he says he won’t go back, Hamill replied: “Well, you never say never.”
But as the Star Wars universe continues to expand with the introduction of new characters in films and TV series, Hamill is seemingly convinced that the beloved franchise could continue without Luke.
“They have so many stories to tell, they don’t need Luke anymore,” Hamill told Smith.
Whether or not Hamill returns as Luke, Smith commented that he will forever be Luke Skywalker – something that the actor is totally fine with.
“Yeah. Well, I don’t care,” Hamill said. “I mean, the truth of the matter is, I never really expected to be remembered for anything. I just wanted to make a living doing what I liked. And I thought, ‘Well, it could be worse. I could be, like, known as being the best actor who ever played Adolf Hitler, you know?’ At least Luke is an admirable fellow!”
Does Mark Hamill support the idea of recasting Luke Skywalker?
In a separate interview with Esquire, Mark Hamill affirmed his belief that stories about young Luke Skywalker are not necessary, but if Lucasfilm decides to go to that path, he thinks it would be better if the role will be recast.
After The Mandalorian featured a digitally de-aged Luke Skywalker, people have started to tell Hamill that he’s now going to be able to do a whole series about Luke post-Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. But the actor doesn’t think it’s going to happen.
“First of all, they don’t need to tell those stories, but if they do, they could get an age-appropriate actor,” Hamill told Esquire.
When did Mark Hamill make his Star Wars debut?
Mark Hamill first appeared in the Star Wars franchise in the original film, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, which was released in 1977. He played the role of Luke Skywalker, a young farmboy who dreams of becoming a Jedi Knight.
Hamill went on to reprise the role in five sequels: Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983), Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017), and Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
Luke died in Return of the Jedi but the character returned as a Force Ghost in The Rise of Skywalker as a Force Ghost.
Hamill last portrayed Luke with Graham Hamilton for the digitally de-aged version of the character in the Disney+ series The Book of Boba Fett.
What is the new Star Wars movie about?
Helmed by Ms. Marvel director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, the yet-to-be-titled Star Wars movie with Daisy Ridley in the lead role will follow her character, Rey, as she constructs a new Jedi Order 15 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker.
Sources told Giant Freakin Robot that Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker and Hayden Christensen’s Anakin Skywalker will appear as Force Ghosts in the new film. As Force Ghosts, the two will reportedly guide Rey as she attempts to rebuild the Jedi Order.