Luke Skywalker is easily one of the most recognizable characters in all of Star Wars, but could his days of appearing in live-action media be over?
Actor Mark Hamill recent spoke during an interview with CBS Sunday Morning about his future playing the legendary Jedi Master, and it is unsurprising for many to hear that the 71-year-old actor is unlikely to don his robes again.
Via Deadline Hollywood, Hamill believes that he has had his time playing the character but feels that there is no longer a need for Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars universe, with so many new characters to explore and many other opportunities for the franchise to take advantage of.
Luke Skywalker Can Live On
Luke Skywalker’s most recent appearance in live-action came during The Book of Boba Fett TV series released on Disney+ at the end of 2021, with Hamill lending his appearance to work in conjunction with body double Max Lloyd-Jones.
Hamill’s last full appearance as just himself came in 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker, where he appeared as a Force Ghost after allowing himself to become one with the force at the end of The Last Jedi (2017).
The veteran actor, who is also known as being a top voice actor with credits such as The Joker in multiple animated Batman films and series, has not completely shut the door on reprising his role as the famous Jedi.
However, it seems that it would have to be quite an important project to lure him back into the Galaxy Far Far Away, which puts the future of Skywalker in any live-action media up in the air in some regards.
If Hamill is unwilling to return, Lucasfilm may have to get creative in order to bring Luke Skywalker’s likeness back to the screen, using body doubles and existing footage to create composite images that would allow them to proceed without the original actor in place.
Such work was done during Rogue One, allowing Grand Moff Tarkin to make an appearance despite legendary actor Peter Cushing having died in 1994.
As technology continues to evolve, the quality of such work is likely to improve greatly, as seen by the improvements made between Luke’s appearance at the end of Season 2 of The Mandalorian and his next showing in The Book of Boba Fett, which fans noted en masse on social media.
It might not feel totally convincing for some, knowing that Hamill is not involved in any capacity, but ensuring that such a pivotal character can continue to be utilised in various media is important to Disney and Lucasfilm.
This is especially important for Dave Filoni, who is working on his movie that will be the culmination of the ‘Mandoverse’, which is expected to be titled Heir to the Empire, and should realistically involved Skywalker in some capacity.
With Skywalker having met Ahsoka, Din Djarin and co, it would be remiss to leave him out of the movie that brings all of the Disney+ series to a head, especially if dealing with Thrawn is the ultimately goal and with the franchise needing to portray Skywalker as the legend that he is by the time of The Force Awakens.
If this truly is the end of Mark Hamill’s time in his most iconic character, it has been a long and successful character that started all the way back with A New Hope‘s release in 1977, and one that has seen him become a much beloved person outside of his TV and film appearances.