I still get goosebumps when I think about it: The first time a fresh-from-the-barber Luke Skywalker showed up on Crait to save the Resistance in The Last Jedi. He looked great and he was ready to fight — and, of course, we eventually find out it’s all an illusion.
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We all know about Han Solo as a character: Smuggler, scoundrel, father of an evil son. But what about as a concept? Why did this character, more than almost every other character not just in Star Wars, but in pop culture as a whole, resonate so much with so many? A new book will try to figure it out.
Star Wars fans collectively wiped tears from their eyes last week after learning that Carrie Fisher would indeed appear in J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX. Mark Hamill and Fisher’s family have weighed in on the news... and if you’ll excuse me, I may have something in my eye again.
Disney has revealed the cast of Star Wars: Episode IX, which will see the directorial return of J.J. Abrams. Among the cast are the expected stars, such as Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac. But it looks as though Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) will be back, and we’ll even see the return of the late Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa. It will also mark the end of the Skywalker saga.
The characterisation of Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi has become the flashpoint in a raging fire of a debate about the current trajectory of the Star Wars saga. But with time to reflect since the release of the movie, it seems that Mark Hamill has come to a rather depressing realisation that Luke's fall is much truer to real life than he first thought.
Last year, Mark Hamill set off a flurry of speculation when he told Empire Magazine there was a big, last-minute alteration to the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, that would have changed something about the then-upcoming Last Jedi. Now that the latter film is finally out, Hamill was able to spill the beans on what needed fixing.
Days removed from seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I still can't believe it's a real movie. I can't believe what writer-director Rian Johnson did: He took all of our preconceived notions of what a Star Wars movie is and evolved them. The movie is genuinely shocking at times - multiple times - but it also feels fully authentic to the Star Wars universe. And this is why The Last Jedi is so good, even if there are a few hiccups along the way.
Ever since The Last Jedi had its grand preview unveiling at Star Wars Celebration earlier this year, Mark Hamill has made it clear - very clear - that director Rian Johnson established a very different journey for Luke Skywalker than one Hamill had imagined, or even agreed with at first. But now, days before it hits theatres, Johnson has added his own insight.
Besides the existence of the film itself, the best part about Star Wars: The Last Jedi is that it gives Mark Hamill an excuse to do a tour of late-night promotional appearances. Despite not being able to talk about the movie, Hamill is a consistent delight. His mixture of impressions, anecdotes, and genuine passion for life and art is incredibly compelling.
Luke Skywalker is clearly in a rough place going into The Last Jedi. His new Jedi Order is gone. His nephew has fallen to the Dark Side. He doesn't know it yet, but one of his best friends has perished. And then some random kid's shown up on his island with his old lightsaber! But all that's nothing compared to the bleakness of what Mark Hamill imagined Luke had been through since Return of the Jedi.
If Luke Skywalker hadn't learned how to move objects using the Force, it stands to reason that he probably would have died on Hoth after being captured by that wampa. Thankfully, the young Jedi was able to free himself, but according to actor Mark Hamill, he never thought his character was supposed to have killed the wild creature.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is less than two months away, and while it may seem like we know almost nothing about it, that's not exactly true. There's not a ton of official information about the film, but over the past year, between the trailers (including the newest one), set reports, and rumours, we've been able to piece together a lot about Episode VIII -- and we've collected it all here for you. Potential spoilers ahead!