If you were at all surprised by Luke Skywalker’s minimal (that’s even putting it a little lightly) role in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, then it looks like you weren’t the only ones. Mark Hamill hasn’t been shy about making jokes regarding his lack of dialogue in the film as well, but during his recent panel at Star Wars Celebration Europe in London, the actor revealed the moment he originally thought Luke was going to be introduced at the film.
During the panel, Hamill said that while reading the script, he thought Luke would appear during one of the film’s most memorable moments – the fight on Starkiller Base between Kylo Ren, Rey, and Finn (via i09):
“Where I thought I came in, I thought I came in when the lightsaber flies off [in the snow]. What? Rey caught it? She hasn’t even finished her training!”
Hamill then went on to joke that Luke didn’t finish her training either when he went off to save his friends in Empire, like how Rey jumps into the action after Finn gets taken down. For those of you hoping that Luke’s role in Episode VIII will be as awesome as you’re hoping it will be, Hamill has some very good news for you:
“There’s dialogue in there that I can see on a t-shirt. Rian Johnson is amazing. Forget ‘May the Force be with you.’”
Well, those are some mighty high claims about the film, especially considering that Hamill was one of the actors who helped create those original lines famous. Considering how excited everyone involved seems to be right now though, Episode VIII could very well live up to its internal excitement. If anyone was going to do it too, I’d be willing to be Rian Johnson could.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is set to hit theatres on December 15th, 2017.
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