Mark Hamill ready for Jedi retirement following The Rise of Skywalker
Among some of the more divisive elements of 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi was Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker sacrificing himself to help the heroes escape and becoming one with the Force, and though he has been with the franchise since the original trilogy and will appear in the final primary saga installment, The Rise of Skywalker, it appears the 67-year-old actor is ready to hang up his Jedi cloak.
In an interview with Associated Press on the red carpet premiere for the horror reboot Child’s Play, in which he voices the classic killer doll Chucky, Hamill discussed that given the progress his character has taken over the years and the route the story has taken. He believes the time has come for his character to move on and or him to retire from being a Jedi. The interview can be viewed below!
Returning cast members for The Rise of Skywalker include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast are Naomi Ackie (Doctor Who), Richard E. Grant (Logan), Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings), and Keri Russell (The Americans), who will also be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian. The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
In addition to directing, Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio (Argo, Justice League). Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, and Abrams will produce, with Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin executive producing. Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the Star Wars saga since 1977’s A New Hope, will return to a galaxy far, far away with Rise of Skywalker.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is scheduled for release on December 20.