Watch: Mark Hamill Pitches Evil Luke Skywalker to J.J. Abrams Back in 2005

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 - 3:38PM
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 - 3:38PM
Watch: Mark Hamill Pitches Evil Luke Skywalker to J.J. Abrams Back in 2005
After three epic trailers, we've seen everyone we expected to see, from new protagonists Finn, Rey, and Poe Dameron, to villains Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma, to classic couple Han and Leia. But we've seen absolutely no official images or footage of Luke Skywalker; he was even conspicuously missing from the most recent poster, which featured all the major characters.

Many have speculated that his appearance hasn't been revealed because he's now evil, and we have to admit, that does seem to be the most plausible reason at this point. And now, there may be more evidence for this theory, as AV Club has unearthed a video of Mark Hamill saying he wants to play Evil Luke Skywalker on a 2005 episode of Dinner for Five. He said this in front of four other guests, including none other than future Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams. 


Opening quote
"As an actor, that would be more fun to play," Hamill says in the above video. "I just thought that's the way it was going from when we finished [The Empire Strikes Back]. I figured that's what will be the pivotal moment. I'll have to come back, but it will be I have Han Solo in my crosshairs and I'll be about to kill him or about to kill the Princess or about to kill somebody that we care about."
Closing quote

Although it would certainly be shocking to the fans if Luke turned to the Dark Side, it's not actually a novel idea. This plotline already happened in the highly acclaimed Dark Empire comics miniseries, which was rendered non-canonical when the expanded universe was jettisoned. As a result, Abrams is free to explore this development once again. 

This would be incredibly bold, and honestly, I hope it happens. After the poor reception of the sequels, we're guessing that they'll be loath to take too many risks, but this would be audacious and brilliant. They need to do something huge in The Force Awakens, if only because the anticipation is at such a fever pitch. After this much build-up, turning Luke evil is exactly the kind of bold move the franchise needs in order to avoid an anticlimax.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18.
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