There’s 1 Huge Reason Why Mark Hamill May Not Return for ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

Since the resurrection of the Star Wars franchise under Disney, Mark Hamill has been front and center in the media. He’s not afraid to share his opinions on anything, from politics to the future of the franchise. In the days leading up to the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, in what many saw as a triumphant return as Luke Skywalker, Hamill didn’t hold back on his criticism of the movie and director Rian Johnson’s vision.

Hamill backtracked his comments a bit in the aftermath, but it was clear that the actor — like so many of the fans — had a completely different vision of Luke. After Johnson killed off the beloved character at the end of the movie, there have been a lot of questions about whether Star Wars: Episode IX director J.J. Abrams would have a role for Hamill as a Force ghost.

But would Hamill even want to return? According to the actor, there is one major reason that he could be hesitant. Let’s look at that, in addition to several of Hamill’s recent comments relating to The Last Jedi and Episode IX.

Hamill’s thoughts on killing Snoke in The Last Jedi

Snoke

Hamill felt surprised over this character’s demise. | Lucasfilm

Speaking with Games Radar, Hamill shared a whole lot of his opinions on the most controversial moments from the recent movie. First up, his comments on the divided feelings of the fans and the flippant discarding of Supreme Leader Snoke.

“I relate to the fans because I’m a fan myself. I understand that they have a deep investment, a sense of ownership, because I do too and the problem is, you just can’t please everyone … I was surprised everyone was so upset that they got rid of Snoke. From Rian’s point of view, it was a big favourite for [Episode] 9 because he’s not important. It clears the deck to have the conflict between Kylo and Rey without him getting in the way and having to explain if he’s a clone or if he’s related to Palpatine … all that stuff.”

Coming from this point of view, it’s easy to see why Johnson and Hamill were surprised at the fan reaction. After all, this is the Skywalker saga, and Kylo Ren is of the Skywalker bloodline. The story really is about his conflict with Rey, at this point. Killing Snoke made sense.

But after Star Wars: The Force Awakens teased this big, mysterious bad guy, it was hard for many fans to see Snoke killed off without so much as a little backstory being revealed.

Next: Hamill’s high expectations

Hamill on his own expectations for Luke

Luke Skywalker

Hamill didn’t like his character’s end. | LucasFilm

Even though he had made plenty of comments on the topic in the past, Hamill once again shed some light on his feelings about Luke and The Last Jedi. Among other notes, it appears that some of his objection to the writing related to Luke not getting a sendoff on par with Harrison Ford’s Han Solo.

“I sort of say, I’m not Luke, but I can learn from him. Eventually he does the right thing for the people that he cares about without thinking of himself. I said, ‘Well the least Mark Hamill can do is the same thing for the greater good of the film’. Sure, I‘d like to be back on spaceships, you know, having space battles and making wisecracks – Harrison got to do that!– But I love the unexpected [and] I certainly didn’t expect it to turn out this way. Luke says “This is not going to way you think,” and boy, was he right.”

He definitely was right on that. Star Wars fans had their expectations shattered in regards to Luke, who never did get off the island we saw him appear on at the very end of The Force Awakens. Although he gave Rey a couple of short lessons about the Force and the Jedi, she left Ahch-to believing that he was a coward.

It might’ve been easier for fans to handle, had Johnson not killed off the character with no chance to truly return in Episode IX.

Next: A very erotic Star Wars moment

On ‘the first sex scene in Star Wars

Kyle Ren and Rey touch hands in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

This scene is considered intimate in this universe. | Lucasfilm

One of the key moments in The Last Jedi comes shortly after Rey’s vision in the cave when she and Kylo Ren briefly touch fingers. Luke walks in at just the wrong moment, having decided to return to the Resistance with Rey. That moment changed his mind, of course. But Hamill saw that moment as the most sensual in the entire saga.

“I even said it to Rian, ‘When you have the fingers do this… [mimes touching hands] that’s the first sex scene in Star Wars!’ I said, ‘I didn’t get to touch a finger! I would have loved to touch a finger!’ [laughs]. But I thought it was so odd because I didn’t know if it’s even said in the script, if it’s described in that way, but when I saw it on screen I thought, I’ve got this charge, I went ‘Wow!’ – that’s as erotic as Star Wars gets.”

The fans that were rooting for ‘Reylo’ really got their wish, but will it last? It appears that Rey and Kylo had their moment, and it was fleeting. The look that Rey gives him as they peer through the Force at each other one last time has “You’re dead to me” written all over it.

Next: That other controversial ending

On the kid and the broom

Temiri Blagg, aka Broom Boy

Temiri Blagg, aka Broom Boy | Lucasfilm

One of the other controversial pieces of The Last Jedi was how Johnson chose to end the film. Rather than finishing it off with the Millennium Falcon jumping into hyperspace, he chose to tack on another scene featuring the kids from Canto Bight. Once again, the fans had a divided reaction. The very end sees one of the kids using the Force to pull a broom into his hand.

Hamill said of the scene, “It’s so subtle, the first time I saw it I thought he just took it, but if you look he puts his hand out and it moves over for him, implying that yeah, she’s [Rey’s] the last Jedi… until the next Jedi. It’ll go on forever, believe me. Long after both of us are gone they’ll be making these films from here into eternity.”

The implication is clear, that the Jedi will live on even in Luke’s death. But Skywalker makes a great point earlier in the film that the light side of the Force doesn’t die with the end of the Jedi, and that it’s arrogance to believe so. Are the Jedi, as a religion, truly necessary? Does the kid with the ability to pick up brooms with the Force need to become one?

Many fans saw the direction of The Last Jedi as a failure to break away from the norms of the Jedi and the Sith and to explore more aspects of the Force.

Next: Would Hamill return for one more movie?

On coming back for Episode IX

Mark Hamill at the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Will he return to the franchise? | Jason Merritt/Getty Images

The great thing about Star Wars: Characters are never truly gone. Even though Luke has passed into the Force, we know he’s still out there. Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and even Anakin Skywalker have all re-appeared in Force ghost form throughout the saga.

So will Luke find a role in Episode IX? Hamill has one very big reason why he may not really be interested in that.

“I haven’t really thought about it because there’s such a sense of closure, Luke’s story is told. What more can I do? And you know, you have to start disconnecting from it emotionally … Luke will never see Han again. That’s what struck me, that was the first break, we lost a member of the band.

And then what happened with Luke [in The Last Jedi], I said ‘Ok, that’s the next link’ when I was still thinking I’ll come back as a Force ghost. And then to lose Carrie [Fisher] in real life, I said ‘That’s it’. They say you can never go home again, and that for me was the real indication that it’s time to move on.”

Artistically, it’s easy to understand how Hamill might find it pointless to return to Star Wars without Han or Leia. Losing Fisher has clearly been hard for Hamill, who has spent the better part of the last 40 years as one of her closest friends. Although fans really want to see Luke return again, Hamill may need to move on as part of his grieving process.

Next: On the other hand … 

Is Hamill playing us for chumps?

Mark Hamill loves to yank our chain.

Hamill loves to yank our chain. | Mark Hamill on Twitter

The major question about Hamill’s comments is whether he’s simply being coy. After all, J.J. Abrams has already written the script for Episode IX. It seems likely that if Luke Skywalker had an appearance in the movie, Hamill would already know. As it stands, he has spent recent months teasing fans on Twitter — as he tends to do — about whether Luke would or wouldn’t be returning.

As much as Hamill loves to mess with our minds, it’s impossible to see him walking away from the franchise in such a fashion. He’s a self-described fan, and Abrams had some sort of vision for Luke when he started the sequel trilogy project back in 2012. Even if it’s just one final scene where Skywalker returns to have a few words with Rey or Kylo Ren, leaving him out of Episode IX would leave a massive hole in the movie.

Next: A major rumor about Rey’s Jedi training

Will Yoda end up training Rey?

Yoda looking up, with his hands folded

Yoda as a Force ghost could return. | Lucasfilm

Whether or not Hamill reappears as Skywalker in the saga’s final installment, there are rumors about an appearance from another Jedi Master. According to the New York Daily News, Frank Oz will return as Yoda to give Rey more training in the ways of the Jedi.

“Yoda will again appear as a ghost as he acknowledges Rey’s success and growth as a Jedi,” says the insider. “The scenes are due to be put together later this year.”

Whether you liked The Last Jedi or not, few disagree that the scene featuring Yoda and Luke on Ahch-to was one of the best, if not the best, scenes in the film. Having Yoda return to train Rey or pass on some wisdom makes sense, but it also lends credence to the idea that Skywalker may not return.

Next: Will that other Jedi return?

What about Obi-Wan?

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Ewan McGregor’s Kenobi is another option. | Lucasfilm

With Luke and Yoda having made their return, many have asked about the absence of Obi-Wan. During Rey’s vision in The Force Awakens, Abrams cleverly cut a line featuring Alec Guinness saying “Rey” and Ewan McGregor (the Obi-Wan from the prequel trilogy) saying “These are your first steps.” That seemed to hint at Kenobi’s involvement in her future. But he was nowhere to be found in The Last Jedi.

The main reason seems to be the fact that Luke never encountered McGregor’s younger Kenobi, and that Johnson was reluctant to utilize CGI to recreate Guinness like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story did with Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin.

But could McGregor return in Episode IX to help give some guidance to Rey? This is the end of the saga, as far as we know, so shouldn’t they pull out all the stops? Bring back Kenobi, and while you’re at it give us one final appearance from Anakin Skywalker as well.

Next: Plenty of pressure on Abrams to get it right

How will the trilogy end?

Rey and Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The future of the franchise is unknown. | Lucasfilm

There’s a decent chance that Disney decides to make Episodes X, XI, and XII someday in the future. But until that future announcement, we are to believe that Episode IX will be the end of the Skywalker saga. So how will Abrams wrap things up and do justice to not only the first two movies of the sequel trilogy, but also the prequel and original trilogies? It’s not an enviable job, to be totally honest.

Is there still good left in Kylo Ren, after killing his father and attempting to bring Rey to the dark side? One would assume that his big moment of potential redemption has come and gone and that Ren’s fate has been sealed.

But given how Johnson wasn’t afraid to pivot on storylines in The Last Jedi, there’s no way of knowing how Abrams will finish this out.

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