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Star Wars 8: Daisy Ridley Teases Rey and Luke Skywalker Scenes

This post contains SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens served as the triumphant return-to-form many were hoping for, earning widespread critical acclaim and breaking box office records left and right. As beloved as the film is, one thing that disappointed some longtime fans was the lack of screen time for original trilogy hero Luke Skywalker. Mark Hamill has but a single scene in the movie, appearing at the very end after Rey locates the Jedi Master on a faraway world using the map that drives the main narrative.

Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams' decision to hold back on Luke was a smart one. Not only were there concerns that an expanded part for Skywalker would overshadow the new faces Star Wars 7 was meant to focus on, it arguably was wise for Lucasfilm to not go overboard on the nostalgia all in one film. When it comes time to market Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII, the studio can lean on that once again, with Luke filling the role Han Solo had in the Force Awakens promotional materials: the old veteran guiding the youngsters.

Since Hamill didn't even have a line of dialogue in Episode VII, his return in Star Wars 8 is very much anticipated. Viewers can't wait to see what has happened to Luke in the years since Return of the Jedi and witness the character in action. Expectations will be very high for Luke in the sequel, and luckily Johnson won't disappoint.

While on the Oscars red carpet, Daisy Ridley shared some details about Episode VIII production with MTV, spending most of her interview raving about working with Hamill and how great Luke is in the film:

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