Luke Skywalker May Return in 'Star Wars Episode 7'; Mark Hamill Meets with George Lucas and Carrie Fisher About the New Trilogy!

The actor says he was surprised by the Disney news, and we may see Luke as a 40-year-old Jedi.

Mark Hamill meets with George Lucas and Carrie Fisher about Star Wars Episode 7
Mark Hamill meets with George Lucas and Carrie Fisher about Star Wars Episode 7
Hopefully you are prepared for a barrage of news regarding Star Wars: Episode VII before its May 2015 release date. Every few hours, new information is coming in, and this new bit of insight into what the next Star Wars trilogy might be is pretty exciting. It involves the return of original trilogy Jedi Luke Skywalker, who we may see as a 40-year-old man on a new mission in life.

EW caught up with the actor behind this iconic sci-fi role, which launched a thousand action figures and a toothbrush or two. First, Mark Hamill explained his shock at hearing the Disney news.

"Oh my gosh, what a shock that was! I had no idea that George was going to sell to Disney until I read it online like everybody else. He did tell us last summer about wanting to go on and do Star Wars: Episode VII, Star Wars: Episode VIII, and Star Wars: Episode IX, and that [newly appointed Lucasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy would be doing them. He seems to be in a really good place. He's really happy. And that's nice because I know that when we were making the movies, he was not a jolly guy on set. [laughs] I always felt badly for him because he agonizes over details, and I'm sure after imagining it in his head for so many years, to see it realized-he'd look up and just hang his head and groan. Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and I were always trying to cheer him up and joke him out of his doom and gloom. I missed his call yesterday, but I spoke to him maybe three weeks ago. But until we know more, it's hard to make any comment other than congratulations to George."

That being said, Mark Hamill actually met with his co-star Carrie Fisher and George Lucas to discuss this new trilogy.

"Yeah, last August, he asked Carrie and I to have lunch with him and we did. I thought he was going to talk about either his retirement or the Star Wars TV series that I've heard about-which I don't think we were going to be involved in anyway, because that takes place between the prequels and the ones we were in and, if Luke were in them, he'd be anywhere from a toddler to a teenager so they'd get an age-appropriate actor-or the 3-D releases. So when he said, "We decided we're going to do Star Wars: Episode VII, Star Wars: Episode VIII, and Star Wars: Episode IX," I was just gobsmacked. "What? Are you nuts?!" [laughs] I can see both sides of it. Because in a way, there was a beginning, a middle, and an end and we all lived happily ever after and that's the way it should be-and it's great that people have fond memories, if they do have fond memories. But on the other hand, there's this ravenous desire on the part of the true believers to have more and more and more material. It's one of those things: people either just don't care for it or are passionate about it. I guess that defines what cult movies are all about. We'll see. I'm anxious to know what's going on, but the main story [yesterday] was the sale to Disney. I have mixed feelings about that, but they haven't done badly by Marvel and the Muppets and Pixar. It's one of those big decisions that at first seems unusual but then the more you look at it, the more it makes sense."

Does Mark Hamill have any insight as to what the plot of this new trilogy might be?

"Well, no, he was just talking about writers and the fact that he wouldn't be directing. I guess he wanted us to know before everybody else knew. He said, "Now you can't tell anybody!" [laughs] Even now I'm nervous about saying anything. I just don't know!"

The news about Luke Skywalker appearing in this new trilogy as a 40 year old man comes from George Lucas biographer Dale Pollock, who was allowed to read the treatments from Episode 7 through Episode 12 while working with Lucas. In speaking with The Wrap, he spilled a bit about what he knows.

"It was originally a 12-part saga. The three most exciting stories were 7, 8 and 9. They had propulsive action, really interesting new worlds, new characters. I remember thinking, 'I want to see these 3 movies."

The writer, who had a falling out with George Lucas some years ago, is not able to say much more about the overall story of this proposed treatment that the creator of the franchise has been working on. He did mention that it revolves around Luke's later-in-life exploits, and that the Disney deal includes these 12 chapters in the Star Wars saga.

"They will need an older Luke Skywalker. [The new] Writers will absolutely take his outline. That's in part what Disney bought."

Is Mark Hamill too old to play a 40 year old Jedi at age 61? Who do you want to see take over the iconic role of Luke Skywalker? Can it be done? Do you even want the character in this trilogy? More will come forth in the very near future.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.



Sources: EW, The Wrap

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  1. Ben123456789

    starwars is like THE BEST MOVIES EVER when i watched all the saga a lot of times im beginning to get board but now i am so excited its like its back in bussiness.

    2 years agoby @ben123456789Flag

  2. Vanboy

    I don't know if Hamill can pull off forty years old. I'd like to see him in the new Star Wars, but I don't think it's a realistic for him to be forty. And why, he can be like Old Ben, training the next Jedi learning the ways of the Force. What about Han and Leias twins? Will we see Chewbacca die? That would suck too. Will the Millennium Falcon finally get some body work and a paint job?

    2 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  3. Vanboy

    @paulington, I liked the young Jeff Bridges in Tron Legacy. And NO, I'm not fooling myself. When he was talking to his son about Tron in his bedroom and then he turned at the door and smiled, it was like the ghost of the original Flynn was in that movie. The one part I didn't like was the newsreel footage when the younger Flynn is at that conference at the podium and says, "It's our destiny" in a demonic obsessed way, it kind of reminded me of Hitler and that sucked.

    2 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  4. Lobo-Leo

    Make Luke the new "Obi-Wan" fro Ep IV, make him be the master of a new generation. That'd be perfect and certanly don't use the "pisode VII" subtitule. It's a new story for a new generation. That'd be the perfect way to go.

    2 years agoby @lobo-leoFlag

  5. Writer220

    Han and Leia's kids could be focused on, late 20's or in their 30's.And have cameos of Han, Leia and so on. That could work very well.

    2 years agoby @writer220Flag

  6. Luc Eccles Biron

    If they take 30 years old men to play high School students I think Mark is good enough to play Luke once again and personally, he's the only Luke Skywalker.

    2 years agoby @luc-eccles-bironFlag

  7. Space101

    Well this is a good start at least...

    2 years agoby @space101Flag

  8. phatalphd

    I think it'd be dope to have luke be like the new yoda, kinda like the veteran Jedi teacher to a new apprentice. With technology though they could easily put lukes face onto a stunt mans body (ie Looper). Either way It'd be great to have Luke in it somehow.

    2 years agoby @phatalphdFlag

  9. ollie-styrene

    they should have a larger gap between ep. VI and VII, then it will be no problem..

    2 years agoby @ollie-styreneFlag

  10. JasonKat

    i have a question.. Why did it take so long to make another star wars film? Some of these actors in most films couldnt or "wouldnt" look right coming back 30-40plus yrs later. If any, these guys /gals would much better off be used as cameos, rather than a main character.
    It could play out like this... "they get killed off at the beginng of the film"
    Their names could be mentioned, maybe flashbacks if they can de-age them properly. or maybe just remaster an old clip from past starwars films.
    Or maybe they can just be background characters where as a new character might bump into somebody while on a chase for a bad guy and then we see who that person was when he/she turns around.
    But neither of these actors should return as themselfs in a much younger way. to act like they still got it and could easily kill a main villain. It would look so cheap.
    Just because it worked for tron, doesnt mean it'll work in star wars.

    2 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  11. skywise

    I wouldn't center the story around any of the old characters. Have them appear of course. As senators or Jedi Masters teaching at the jedi Academy, but Hamill is too old.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  12. Fry_3000

    If they decide to bring hamill and fisher back, be nice if they write them in as the age they are now and not write them as a younger age, and digitise their faces to make them look younger.

    2 years agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  13. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    I'm not sure about this idea. Mark Hamill is too old now for the role, and so are both Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford.

    2 years agoby @redcameramanFlag

  14. The Real Lex Luthor

    MY god what news! In many ways I'm sad Lucas will not be as involved as he was because it was his vision that gave us all these wonderful characters. But at the same time I wish him well, and hope he enjoys kicking back, and enjoying all 8-10Billion he's got as a networth.

    He's still owning 50% of the stocks for Lucasfilms, and SW so he's not going to fully go away. He's just not taking the charge anymore in directing, producing, and running the day to day of his companies. Disney will now run all things Lucasfilms which it seems like a perfect fit.

    I'm super excited about the new movies! Cannot wait, and I just hope Luke returns, and Hamill is in them. I always wanted sequels, and not the prequels! Now I get my wish... :D

    2 years agoby @thajackalFlag

  15. LuxoIII

    @incmob Trouble is, Paramount still has partial ownership of Indiana Jones. Besides, do we REALLY want an Indy 5?

    Although, to be fair, not too sure how 20th Century Fox plays into all of this...

    2 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  16. incmob

    @bawnian-dexeus because they are friends... this was purely a business decision. i have mixed feelings as well... just wondering how watered down the property will become even more now, or that disney does actually care about the franchise. however.....

    WHY HAS THERE BEEN NO MENTION OF INDIANA JONES?? ISNT THAT A LUCASFILM PROPERTY AS WELL?? what does this mean for that franchise? will they bring in someone that has an original idea for a macguffin on that one as well??

    2 years agoby @incmobFlag

  17. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    I'm surprised he didn't give LucasFilm to Spielberg, being long time friends and all that. Don't get me wrong, I;m smart enough to understand the massive pull and reach Disney has, but still, it's what I would have done

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  18. dcrock

    I think you need Mark at least. Of course bring on new characters but he's important to the Star Wars universe. Unless they cut out the Jedi completely. Or they push it so far in the future that he'd be dead.

    2 years agoby @dcrockFlag

  19. SherlockHolmes2009

    Marks gotta come back along with Harison Ford and Carrie Fisher, it just wouldnt be the same without them

    2 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  20. ROFLitschristian

    Or, just bring them back as they are now?

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  21. the Narrator

    He's in his 60's... and Luke is alive in his 60's. No CGI necessary because Luka DOES have a scarred face, not unlike Hamill's. I don't see why he couldn't be in these films as a ti-together factor, but whatever.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  22. Writer220

    Leave Skywalker alone and move on to new characters.

    2 years agoby @writer220Flag

  23. The Real Goku

    LOL!!!! ..... NO

    2 years agoby @therealGokuFlag

  24. John M

    I don't like it.

    2 years agoby @john-mFlag

  25. Paulington

    Jeff Bridges younger self looked like fake bacon in Tron Legacy. Any one that thinks that was watchable is fooling themselves. It was distracting. It was ass.

    2 years agoby @paulingtonFlag

  26. Titanictom

    As a 5o Plus Year Old Yes-They Can Do What Was Done To Jeff Bridges in TRon:Legecy!!!!!

    2 years agoby @titanictomFlag

  27. Paulington

    Mark Hamill doesn't need to be in these. He's not that good in the first ones.

    2 years agoby @paulingtonFlag

  28. alexpj19

    Bring Mark back! :)

    2 years agoby @alexpj19Flag

  29. thedude-abides

    I'm already over it

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag