Mark Hamill recently sat down with Disney Insider, and during this interview the actor was asked about his approach to portraying an older Luke, Hamill commented that it was a challenge due to the significant gap between drinks. He stated that the greatest challenge was figuring out what had become of his classic character:
“The biggest challenge for me was actually in the time between Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I had to know what had happened to Luke during those years. I had to glean decades of backstory from the script. And some of it I had to make up for myself. I had to know what he went through during that time. It’s not important to the storyline for this film, but I did discuss some of my thoughts with Rian Johnson to make sure I wasn’t coming up with anything in my personal backstory that would affect Luke’s portrayal in this film”
On the surface, Hamill appears to be saying, is that nothing of interest or significance happened to Luke over the course of a few decades, and certainly nothing important enough to change the way Hamill should play the character. Of course this isn’t the case. I mean would the Luke from Return of the Jedi state that it was “time for the Jedi to end? I’m not so sure, although I’m sure the seeds of that thought were planted in his mind.
So to suggest Luke’s backstory isn’t important in The Last Jedi just isn’t accurate. What is accurate and what I suggest Hamill is saying, is that anything specifically pertinent to Luke’s character, journey and his physical and mental state is all in the script, and from what I’ve heard the script is very focused on development of the characters.
Anything beyond the scope of The Last Jedi simply hasn’t been written yet, by Johnson, Abrams’ or any other author. Disney will most certainly be stretching out stories from the original trilogy era and beyond for many years to come, and while this may be frustrating to some fans, its clear that Disney have every intention of keeping the content continuously rolling out in the of Books, Comics, TV series etc.
Besides, Luke’s future and who he becomes over the remainder of the sequel trilogy is more interesting than who he was.
Written: JW Editor