One of the biggest questions fans have about the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is the absence of Luke Skywalker from any of the trailers and images. Rest assured, Luke is in this film. But Mark Hamill has been extremely tight-lipped about his role, courtesy of the infamous JJ Abrams penchant for extreme secrecy.
However, in a recent interview with Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, Hamill finally spoke up for the first time about playing an older Luke and the film itself. Of course, he doesn’t reveal anything even remotely resembling a spoiler, but it’s good to hear his thoughts and feelings about his most iconic role.
Hamill was asked to sum up what he thought about this return to that galaxy far, far away and he said: “The new storyline, the new characters, and especially the actors that they chose to play them, are thrilling beyond words. It is about setting up the next generation of heroes and villains, but the fact that half a dozen cast members from the originals can be there to place it in some sort of context, to be there for the historical side of things, I think it’s wonderful. … Young people can see the progression of the characters. I’m old enough to be Luke’s grandfather now, and that’s a healthy, natural thing for people to see.”
Yes, it’s been that long. Something not lost on Hamill, as he reflected on him being the same age now that Alec Guinness was when he filmed Episode IV: “Intellectually, I know I’m the same age as Alec Guinness. Emotionally, I’m thinking, “Are you kidding me?!? I still like The Three Stooges and the Rolling Stones. How could I be old?”
Hamill gave a little tease of how the new film is going to be different: “I think [The Force Awakens] could be every bit as exciting for the audience, [but] it’s not going to be like it was then, when we’re rattling around in the Death Star, and exchanging quips, and jockeying for the affections of the princess. It’s going to be age appropriate. The story has moved on, and our purpose in the story is different than it was then.”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is directed by JJ Abrams and stars Harrison Ford, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong’o, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong, Miltos Yerolemou. It premieres 17th December.