The Force is strong as screen legend Mark Hamill (finally) gets his star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in a huge ceremony.
The iconic Star Wars actor is being rewarded for his 41 years of playing Luke Skywalker with the 2630th star, which will be placed by the restored El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. A whole galaxy of stars is expected to be out in force, with the likes of George Lucas and Harrison Ford due to attend to give their own memories of Mark.
In honor of such a momentous occasion, Disney is celebrating with its very own #JediDay for the 66-year-old. The studio is asking fans to take to social media with the Jedi Day hashtag and combine it with #TheLastJedi to remember Hamill's triumphant return as Luke Skywalker in Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi. All of this comes together with perfect timing to celebrate the release of The Last Jedi on Digital March 13 and Blu-ray March 27.
After starting out in melodrama General Hospital, Hamill's big break came when playing Luke in George Lucas' Star Wars, its two sequels, and then reprising the role for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Aside from heading to the galaxy far, far away, Hamill has also starred in the likes of The Flash and Kingsman: The Secret Service, as well as providing the voice of the Joker for Batman: The Animated Series. As one of the most beloved sci-fi actors of all time, Hamill seems humbled by the opportunity to appear on the acclaimed Walk of Fame.
The announcement was made last year, but when the March 8 date was revealed this February, Hamill took to Twitter to thank his fans and all those who have supported him over the years. Although he has had a prestigious career to become a household name, he admitted that he never believed he would get his own star.
Can't say this is a dream come true because I was never foolish enough to think something like this could ever happen. When part of me doubts I deserve such an honor, I remind myself that someone got a "Star" for just one crappy reality show. #BeyondGr8ful 🙏 https://t.co/CEzO0jdD3k— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) February 22, 2018
Even with Luke's passing in The Last Jedi, fans, and even Hamill, aren't convinced that we've seen the last of the stoic Skywalker. As J.J. Abrams moves forward with Star Wars: Episode IX, many are holding out hope that Luke can still return in some way as an even bigger fanfare to Hamill's legendary performance.
As for his star, it is just the icing on the cake for what has been a particularly good run for Hamill in the wake of The Last Jedi's box office success. Some will be asking why it has taken so long for Hamill to get a star, but he isn't alone in the Star Wars franchise. Neither Lucas or the dearly-departed Carrie Fisher have found their place yet, but Ford and Lando Calrissian actor Billy Dee Williams both do. That being said, it is now Hamill's time to shine and take his place among the good ad the great of Hollywood. The ceremony begins today (March 8) at approximately 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019