A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, Mark Hamill won over our hearts playing a farm boy known as Luke Skywalker, who grew into one of the greatest Jedi of all time. But will Skywalker make it out of Star Wars: Episode 8 alive?
Luke Skywalker has been at the heart of Star Wars ever since its inception. In the original trilogy he was our intrepid protagonist, in the prequel trilogy we were told the story of his father's fall from grace and how Luke would redeem him as the Chosen One, and in Episode 8, he looks very much to be a mentor figure who's going to pass on the baton. In The Force Awakens (SPOILER WARNING!) Han Solo met a tragic fate at the hands of his son Kylo Ren, but would Disney be so bold as to kill off another Star Wars legacy player so soon after the first? Quite possibly. Den of Geek reported that Mark Hamill attended an event hosted by The Big Issue where he interviewed The Kinks, and while the band was the focus of the interview, he did drop in a revealing Star Wars tidbit.
Hamill reportedly said: "I finish Episode VIII, and then I’m out of work." So is he out of work because Luke Skywalker dies in Episode VIII? Admittedly, there's multiple explanations for this. On one hand, Mark Hamill could just be trolling us. He's played the clown prince of crime enough times to know how to manipulate people and he's played the Trickster on The Flash, so it's safe to say he's an expert troll! On the other hand, he could literally be saying he's out of work until they invite him back for Star Wars: Episode IX. So all in all, Mark Hamill probably just said a whole bunch of nothing, but it's still interesting to speculate. Will Rey take Luke's place as the Chosen One in Star Wars: Episode 8, or is the franchise done with its Chosen One narratives? For regular updates on Star Wars, click the green subscribe button below. And if you're worried how Episode 8 will turn out then don't fret, as Mark Hamill has said he's "cautiously optimistic" about The Force Awakens sequel. (UPDATE: Mark Hamill has confirmed that his comments were taken out of context, and he was simply referring to wrapping up on Episode VIII.)