Where on earth is Luke Skywalker? That’s the question that’s been plaguing Star Wars fans since promotional material for The Force Awakens was first released.
Everyone’s favourite moisture farm boy-turned-Jedi Knight is nowhere to be seen on the poster or in the trailer, leading fans to ask if he’s turned to the Dark Side and is actually hiding beneath Kylo Ren’s mask.
A long time ago (10 years) in a galaxy not so far away (we’re guessing somewhere in the USA), Mark Hamill sat down to dinner with JJ Abrams, Stan Lee, Jason Lee and Kevin Smith – now there’s a dream dinner party line-up – for an episode of Dinner For Five. The series was a new kind of talk show format, where stars gathered around the table to discuss their craft.
Anyway, back in 2005 Hamill and Force Awakens director Abrams were at the table when Hamill revealed he’d actually pitched a dark Luke Skywalker to George Lucas before they began filming Return of The Jedi.
“As an actor that would be more fun to play. I just thought that’s the way it was going from when we finished two. I figured that’s what will be the pivotal moment.” Hamill says at about the 11-minute mark.
“I’ll have to come back, but it will be, ‘I have Han Solo in my crosshairs and I’ll be about to kill him or about to kill the Princess or about to kill somebody that we care about.’ It’s an old cornball movie, like World War II movies.”
And as if that wasn’t enough he suggested Luke should come back with “a shaved widow’s peak and a top knot, and like a braid.”
Lucas said no, and then decided to give Hayden Christensen’s Anakin Skywalker the look in question when he appeared in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones.
But given the fact that JJ was listening so intently, we can’t help but wonder if he’ll make Mark’s dreams comes true when The Force Awakens in UK cinemas on December 17th.