In an interview with the Associated Press, Mark Hamill said he hopes Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be his last Star Wars appearance.
While on the red carpet for the premiere of the movie Child’s Play, Mark Hamill spoke to the Associated Press, and of course Star Wars was brought up.
First, Hamill was asked if Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker would be his last appearance in the galaxy far, far away.
Hamill’s response was simple, saying “I sure hope so.”
But, Hamill went on to say more on why he believes Luke Skywalker is set to return in Episode IX.
"I had closure in the last one [Star Wars: The Last Jedi]. 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."
So, in this brief soundbite, not only did Hamill say that he hopes Episode IX will be his last Star Wars film, but he also pretty much confirmed that Luke Skywalker will be returning as a Force Ghost.
And, looking further at this quote, when you think about it, that’s what makes Force Ghosts so unique for the fandom. There’s always that glimmer of hope that a character who’s a Jedi can return as a Force Ghost after death.
It happened with Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and briefly Anakin Skywalker.
Clearly Hamill would have been fine with The Last Jedi being his final film for the franchise. However, before Luke Skywalker can settle down in the next life, he still has some unfinished business to take care of.
The Rise of Skywalker will hit theaters on December 20th, 2019.