Star Wars actor Mark Hamill has embraced the Star Wars fan community more, perhaps, than anyone else involved in the iconic movie franchise.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, for example, Hamill has been surprising front line healthcare workers who love Star Wars with video calls and online tributes.
Now, Hamill has taken to his very active Twitter account to remind his followers of another very special member of the Star Wars fandom, a little boy named Cameron.
In case you missed it: Check out #JuniorJediCameron, who is really, really cool and watching his video will make you really, really happy. Thank you @openbionics for helping so many inspirational young heroes reach for the stars!
In case you missed it: Check out #JuniorJediCameron, who is really, really cool and watching his video will make you really, really happy. Thank you @openbionics for helping so many inspirational young heroes reach for the stars! 😍👍 https://t.co/QuoBA8zhlA
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) February 5, 2021
Hamill’s followers clearly appreciated him reminding them of the heartwarming story about the young Star Wars fan.
One commenter wrote:
That is AMAZING! As a pediatric OT, I can honestly say I’ve never seen anything as cool as that. Something like that has the ability to seriously change lives
That is AMAZING! As a pediatric OT, I can honestly say I’ve never seen anything as cool as that. Something like that has the ability to seriously change lives ❤️
— Jesthefacts (@jesthefacts) February 5, 2021
Open Bionics originally shared Cameron’s story in 2019 with the following post:
11-year-old Cameron is the biggest @starwars fan in the galaxy, so we surprised him with a set of Star Wars BB-8 covers for his bionic Hero Arm
11-year-old Cameron is the biggest @starwars fan in the galaxy, so we surprised him with a set of Star Wars BB-8 covers for his bionic Hero Arm ✨https://t.co/kDADkWIxa3 @HamillHimself pic.twitter.com/CZSnpWHoVn
— Open Bionics (@openbionics) March 22, 2019
In the video, Cameron said:
The best thing about my Hero Arm is how it responds to the muscle movements in my arm. I like the details on the covers and how it moves in the light! I really like my Star Wars covers because they’re really, really cool and I love the detailing on them and when I saw them I was super, super happy!
We love touching stories like this and applaud Mark Hamill for reminding his followers of the positivity still left in the world!
What’s next for Mark Hamill in the Star Wars franchise?
After appearing in the Star Wars sequel trilogy — Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017), and Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019) — alongside his original trilogy costars Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Carrie Fisher (Princess General Leia Organa), Hamill indicated he didn’t intend to return to the Star Wars universe as iconic Jedi Luke Skywalker.
Then, however, The Mandalorian happened. Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s hit Disney+ Star Wars series took American pop culture by storm. By the second season finale episode (“Chapter 16: The Rescue”), the show had proven it could do fan service in the best possible way and Hamill was convinced to make an epic cameo appearance.
CGI de-aging technology — similar to what was used on Carrie Fisher for Princess Leia’s scene in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) — was used to introduce a Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi (1983) era Luke Skywalker to The Mandalorian universe.
Now, Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) is back on his own after Skywalker took Grogu (AKA The Child AKA Baby Yoda) to complete his Jedi training.
This certainly opens the door, potentially at least, for Hamill to return to Star Wars in some capacity moving forward. Nothing has been confirmed by Lucasfilm or Disney.
Hamill has, however, indicated that the project was something he didn’t even know he needed in his life and that he remains incredibly grateful to Mandalorian Season 2 finale director Peyton Reed for the opportunity.
What do you think? Should Hamill come back to Star Wars again?