One of the biggest questions leading up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been, ‘where is Luke Skywalker?’ Mark Hamill’s legendary Jedi has been missing from promotional material for the film – including its poster and trailers.
The answer to that question, of course, is that his role in the film is being kept secret. But how big of a secret? According to Hamill himself, it’s on par with The Empire Strikes Back’s iconic ‘Luke, I am you father’ moment; a secret so huge that he’s being paid a (presumably large) sum of money just to keep it.
“It’s crazy. This NDA [Non-disclosure agreement] stuff where you’re not allowed to talk about anything. I have something coming out [in The Force Awakens] where there’s an amount of money that if it leaks, because of me, I don’t get that payment. If I keep it secret until the day it comes out, I get that payment.”
Speaking to PC Gamer, the actor went on to say that he’s, “good about keeping secrets,” having once kept one of the biggest twists in cinema history.
“I’m proud of the fact that I knew a year and a half before anybody else that he was actually dad Vader,” he said. “I didn’t even tell Harrison or my wife, because I thought it would be terrible if she said something to a fan.
“Now it’s happening all over again. I’m not even authorised to tell you I’m in Episode VII, it’s all secret.”
So the question now is: what is he not allowed to tell us? Is Luke actually dead? Is he Rey’s father? Has he turned to the dark side?
Let’s hope we don’t find out before December 18th, otherwise Hamill won’t be able to buy a new kitchen.