Star Wars star Mark Hamill, famous for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker, has never met his onscreen mom Natalie Portman. Despite long careers, the two actors have surprisingly never crossed paths professionally. The Star Wars prequels - which Portman appeared in - were the domain of George Lucas, while Disney brought back Hamill and his costars Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford for their successful 2015 revitalization of the franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
While the prequels have never earned the same cultural prominence enjoyed by the original and current Star Wars trilogies, Lucas' often maligned films are currently coming back into focus, as Lucasfilm turns its attention to telling the unexplored stories previously relegated to television shows like Star Wars: Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. While the reception for Solo: A Star Wars Story has been far from optimal from both critics and audiences, the Ron Howard film - along with a potential spinoff staring Obi Wan Kenobi - are drawing fans' attention to the past, including important deceased characters like Portman's Padme Amidala.
Hamill took to Twitter yesterday to respond to a Star Wars tweet celebrating Portman's 37th birthday, revealing that he's never had the occasion to meet her. The revelation led fans to crack plenty of jokes, many of whom tweeted back to him variations on "Of course not, she died giving birth to you." Padme Amidala famously died after witnessing her husband Anakin Skywalker's fall to the darkside. Prior to dying she named her children Luke and Leia, who were then passed on to their foster parents, preparing for their ultimate Star Wars destiny.
It's actually not too hard to believe that Hamill and Portman haven't met in a professional capacity, as Lucasfilm's attempts at rebranding the franchise in the late 90s and early 2000s with the prequels were considerably distant from the aesthetic and the story of the original trilogy. It wasn't until Disney took over the franchise that they reached back to the actors who started it all, and considering the generally negative perception associated with the prequels now, it's understandable that they decided not to invite the stars of those films to premieres or other events. Still, one wonders how Hamill and Portman have managed to never run into each other at any other kind of Hollywood function, such as an awards show.
Despite the lack of commercial success for Solo: A Star Wars Story, the rumored upcoming Kenobi movie will continue to dig into the past of the franchise, should it be made. The success of television properties like Star Wars: Rebels has offered a wealth of storytelling options for writers to mine as they try and tell the stories prior to the original trilogy. With multiple new movies coming out, Lucasfilm and Star Wars might be returning to its past sooner then fans suspect. A movie featuring Padme Amidala's ascension to the throne could be another Star Wars story for the studio to consider, should Portman be open to it. Maybe that would be enough to finally get Hamill and Portman in the same room at the same time.
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