Although we’re still yet to see Luke Skywalker in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, he’s finally opened up about his return to the galaxy far, far away.
During an interview with Famous Monsters of Filmland, the 64-year-old Jedi finally spoke about ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’… and gave us a hint of what to expect.
“It is about setting up the next generation of heroes and villains,” he said. “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.”
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ has already introduced us to the next generation of heroes, with John Boyega’s Finn and Daisy Ridley’s Rey taking up arms against the First Order.
But how do the original heroes fit into this?
“Young people can see the progression of the characters,” he added. “I’m old enough to be Luke’s grandfather now, and that’s a healthy, natural thing for people to see.”
Of course, this doesn’t exactly give much away when it comes to the fate of Luke Skywalker – who has not been showcased in any of the trailers and is rumoured to be in exile following the events of ‘Return of the Jedi’.
But Hamill does mention that he’s old enough to be their grandfather…
Could this mean a direct family connection to any of the new ‘Star Wars’ heroes?
Spotted sporting a decidedly Jedi-looking beard during the filming of ‘Star Wars 7’, it seems that Skywalker may now find himself in the role of mentor, similar to how Sir Alec Guinness taught him the ways of the Force.
But while ‘The Force Awakens’ may draw from the original trilogy, Hamill teases that the new movie will 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,” he added. “The story has moved on, and our purpose in the story is different than it was then.”
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ heads to cinemas on 17 December 2015.
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