Mark Hamill has a lot to thank in his career from Star Wars, but it looks like his days playing Luke Skywalker are officially over.
After posting on Instagram, Mark Hamill had Star Wars fans in a frenzy. The actor, most known for his role as Luke Skywalker, posted “May The 9th Be A Bittersweet Episode- Knowing It Was The Last Time I Would Ever Play Luke.”
It’s no surprise that many fans were emotional and didn’t want to take the words for what they meant. But Hamill clarified the post in a conversation with Entertainment Weekly.
“Oh, I can’t imagine that, no,” Hamill said when they asked if he’d play a role in the Star Wars universe in the future.
The actor further explained that, “I had a beginning, middle, and end. Those films gave me far more than I ever expected when we started out so it’s never even occurred to me. My farewell was in Episode IX and it was bittersweet. I love all those people and I certainly have affection for George and the character he created. I’m full of gratitude for what it has given me and my career but I don’t want to be greedy. There are still so many more stories to tell and so many great actors to tell them, they don’t need me.”
The actor doesn’t have anything against the franchise though. In fact, he complimented the way The Mandalorian has been able to bring more Star Wars storytelling to Disney+ in a different way than the films.
“It sort of gets back to the basics of George envisioning it as a western in space. It has that tone of a Sergio Leone Western. I’m very impressed with it,” Hamill commented about The Mandalorian.
Of course, it makes sense that Hamill would want to have closure with his character on Star Wars. Especially after the passing of his beloved co-star Carrie Fisher (who played Princess Leia) in 2016.