Mark Hamill would be fine if they recast Luke Skywalker with an age-appropriate actor instead of using de-aging/deep-fake.
Before Mark Hamill made his return as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the last time we saw the character was in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Given the decades of history that took place between those two movies, it’s only natural that Lucasfilm would want to explore it. We’ve seen bits and pieces of that story play out in The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett with a digital/deep-fake Luke Skywalker, but Mark Hamill told Esquire that it would be fine if they just recast the character with someone age-appropriate.
“People say, ‘Oh, now you’re going to be able to do a whole series of Luke post-Return of the Jedi.’ I said, ‘I don’t think so,’” Mark Hamill said. “First of all, they don’t need to tell those stories, but if they do, they could get an age-appropriate actor.” It would certainly cut down on costs, as Hamill added that the digital Luke Skywalker “can’t be cheap.“
When Mark Hamill read the script for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, he thought, “Ok, well, that’s it for me.” He then began the process of “disengaging from something that’s been a part of your life.” Of course, he wound up returning as a Force Ghost in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but he hadn’t anticipated playing the role again until The Mandalorian came calling. With one of the new Star Wars movies taking place 15 years after The Rise of Skywalker as Rey (Daisy Ridley) attempts to rebuild the Jedi Order, it’s possible that Mark Hamill could return as Luke Skywalker once again, but Hamill isn’t about to confirm anything. “One thing you learn working for Lucasfilm: everything is confidential,” Hamill said. “Everything is confidential. So, if I were involved, I wouldn’t be able to tell you. And if I were not involved, I wouldn’t be able to tell you. So, I don’t know. We’ll all find out together, I guess.“
Mark Hamill can currently be seen starring alongside Bert Kreischer in The Machine. Check out a review from our own Alex Maidy right here.
How do you feel about Luke Skywalker being recast for post-Return of the Jedi stories instead of using de-aging/deep-fake?