The visual similarities between Mark Hamill and Sebastian Stan have been well documented online, and the Captain America and Avengers actor would only be too happy to play Luke Skywalker for real someday in the Star Wars franchise. Led by J. J. Abrams, the current Star Wars trilogy has brought back the original trio of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia but Hamill's Jedi was restricted to little more than a pensive glance upon a Irish hilltop in The Force Awakens. Happily, it appears that The Last Jedi will feature Luke Skywalker in a far more prominent role.
Perhaps the only other franchise capable of going toe-to-toe with the galaxy far, far away at the box office is the Marvel Cinematic Universe and with the popularity of both at an all-time high, several movie fans have been quick to point out the various facial similarities between Luke Skywalker and the MCU's Winter Soldier, Sebastian Stan, not to mention their penchants for metal arms. Mark Hamill even joined in the fun himself, tweeting a picture of the duo with the inspired hashtag "MySonSebastian."
Although the comparisons are all in good humor, it appears that Stan would have absolutely no hesitation in taking on the role of Luke Skywalker in a more official capacity someday. Responding to a fan question at Rhode Island Comic Con last weekend (via ComicBookMovie), the Marvel actor stated:
"I just want to say here that anytime anyone would like to call me and ask me about Luke Skywalker, I'd be very happy."
Obviously, Sebastian Stan is far from the only actor that would jump at the chance to join the Star Wars franchise, particularly if that meant taking on one of the most iconic roles in movie history. However, with Hamill himself acknowledging the similarities between the two, Stan perhaps has more chance than most. There's also the small matter of Rian Johnson's recently announced brand new trilogy to consider. Although it's far too early to say what these three films may cover, it's has been stated the narrative is separate from the Skywalker saga, so Luke will not be featured in those movies. Stan's best hope would be for another spinoff set in the original trilogy era.
Aside from the visual parallels, there are other reasons why Stan would be an ideal Luke Skywalker. The actor has already mastered the brooding protagonist part with his Winter Soldier and also knows exactly what is required to be an action star in a hugely popular movie franchise.
With that said, would re-imagining the part of Luke Skywalker with a new actor be a wise move in the first place? Disney has had considerable difficulty in the production of the forthcoming Han Solo solo movie, Solo, with issues ranging from director changes to the movie's title being roundly panned. Although there are likely many factors at play here - and the troubles don't necessarily indicate that the movie will be poor - it perhaps doesn't inspire confidence that rebooting the classic characters of the Star Wars franchise is the way to go.
Source: Sebastian Stan (via ComicBookMovie)
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017