Mark Hamill was hoping to play Luke Skywalker's evil twin in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Hamill has been known as the man behind Luke Skywalker for 40 years. After playing the golden boy hero in the original Star Wars trilogy, Hamill continued to work steadily, both in voiceover and onscreen. No matter what other roles he played however, he was forever recognized as the farm boy who became a Jedi Knight. So when he signed on to return to the franchise, fans were understandably excited.
But Hamill's return to Star Wars was not exactly what most people expected. While General Leia, Han Solo, and Chewbacca all played significant roles in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the movie's plot focused on how Luke Skywalker had vanished without a trace years earlier, and both his friends and his enemies were searching for him. He did appear in the final moments of the film, discovered by Rey. But before Luke could speak a single word to the young woman trying to return his lightsaber, the credits began to roll. It's been almost two years, with fans still waiting to hear what Luke has to say about his life since Return of the Jedi.
Recently, Hamill spoke to Empire about what story he wanted to play in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. While the magazine will not be out until tomorrow, Movieweb has gotten the inside scoop on exactly what Hamill had in mind:
"Oh baby, would I love to play my own evil twin! It'd be great because you could maybe not reveal it's Evil Luke until the real Luke shows up. We could watch this guy undermining the good guys secretly, maybe even killing a supporting character out of everyone's sight so they all go, 'What's going on? He's crazy!' And then, of course, the good Luke shows up."
Of course, there are some technical difficulties with Luke having an evil twin. Mainly that Luke Skywalker already has a twin - Leia. An evil triplet might be possible, if not for the fact that Luke and Leia's birth was shown in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and there was no third baby born - nor was the custody of a third child discussed when Basil Organa took custody of Leia and Obi-Wan Kenobi offered to bring Luke to his Aunt and Uncle on Tatooine. An evil clone of Luke might be possible - though that story was already told in the 1993 novel The Last Command by Timothy Zahn.
This idea of Evil Luke should come as no surprise to fans of Hamill, since he has quite a bit of history playing the bad guy. He's been voicing The Joker in various Batman cartoons and videogames for decades, and also plays The Trickster on The Flash - a role he originated in the '90s and now continues on the new series.
Nor is this the first time that Hamill has come up with a storyline for Luke Skywalker that is not used. He initially wanted Luke to come into The Force Awakens much earlier, so that he and Leia could have been present when Han Solo died. Still, it is finally time for Luke's story to be told in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And while it may not be the story that Hamill thought up, hopefully it will be one that was well worth the wait.
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019