‘Star Wars’: Mark Hamill Says Luke’s Backstory Isn’t Fully Explained in ‘The Last Jedi’

Star Wars: The Last Jedi won’t answer all of our questions about what Luke Skywalker has been up to since the events of Return of the Jedi, Mark Hamill says.

Hamill recently spoke to The Associated Press about the film franchise’s upcoming eighth chapter, and he mentioned that he had to fill in a lot of gaps about Luke’s backstory in his head since The Last Jedi doesn’t explain them.

“In this new one, I was saying to Rian Johnson: I need to know my backstory,” Hamill said. “It was kind of unclear. You read where he is now and what he’s doing now and sort of have to fill in the blanks for yourself. So I did do a backstory myself. It’s not about Luke anymore, so it’s not really important. But I had to make sense of it for myself. What Rian came up with, I was stunned.”

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

Mark Hamill at the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.| Jason Merritt/Getty Images

This is not the first time Mark Hamill has discussed the fact that The Last Jedi doesn’t give us all of the answers about Luke; he made similar comments to Entertainment Weekly a few weeks ago.

“There’s massive amounts of backstory that is left to your imagination and I couldn’t do my job without figuring out what that was,” Hamill said. “Since it’s not really important to the main story as a whole a lot of it is just for my own process. I talked with Rian about it and went into this elaborate scenario of what happened to Luke after the end of the Return of the Jedi.”

Luckily, it seems pretty clear from that comment that we learn everything we absolutely need to know about Luke in The Last Jedi, and so it’s not as if Lucasfilm will be withholding critical information about the fall of the Jedi Academy until Episode IX. It’s just that it’s not really critical to the events of this film to go into detail about exactly what Luke has been doing since Return of the Jedi, in the same way we don’t learn everything about what Han Solo has been up to for all these years in The Force Awakens. 

Luke Skywalker at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Luke Skywalker at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. | Lucasfilm

Fans have already gotten a glimpse at Luke Skywalker’s post-Jedi adventures in the canon books and comics, such as Marvel’s Shattered Empire. In the new canon, Luke continues to work for the Alliance to Restore the Republic as the Empire claims that reports of Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine’s death are propaganda. Luke even at one point goes on an adventure with Poe Dameron’s mom. However, after the signing of the Galactic Concordance, a treaty that brought the Empire’s reign to an end, there’s a period of about 30 years in which Luke’s status is kept fairly ambiguous. Presumably, this is because Disney and Lucasfilm hope to preserve much of the mystery heading into The Last Jedi, and canon books following the release of the film will likely expand on some of this backstory that Mark Hamill says is kept vague.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15.