Fans are eagerly awaiting December so that we will finally get to see Luke Skywalker in action after nearly four decades of absence from the screen. He was in The Force Awakens, but that appearance amounted to little more than a cameo. Fan hopes were perhaps cut down earlier this year when Mark Hamill was quoted as saying to Rian Johnson,
"I fundamentally disagree with everything [Rian Johnson] decided about Luke."
There is very little that can dishearten #StarWars fans, but a comment by Hamill — someone synonymous with the franchise since its inception — would rank high on that list.
According to Variety, Hamill has since clarified his previous statement:
“What I was, was surprised at how he saw Luke. And it took me a while to get around to his way of thinking, but once I was there it was a thrilling experience. I hope it will be for the audience too.”
Hamill stated that at the time of the comment he had not seen the finished product, but once he had, he understood Johnson's point of view.
“Rian Johnson is an amazing filmmaker and if you look at Brick, or Brothers Bloom, or Looper, each film is different from the last one and they’re so inventive. And I think people will be pleased and surprised, I know I was.”
It seems as though Hamill had an idea of where the character should be taken and it simply differed from where the film actually went. The answers to all of our questions will be answered (and probably quite a few more sparked) on December 15, when Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi opens.
The film stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaacs as Poe Dameron, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Andy Serkis as Snoke and BB-8 as himself.
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