Mark Hamill has played Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars universe for over 40 years. He first appeared alongside Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia Organa) in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977). The trio went on to make cinematic history in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983).
Hamill, Ford, and Fisher all returned for 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).
The Star Wars icon most heavily appeared in Rian Johnson’s divisive The Last Jedi, but did make a cameo in the opening scene of The Force Awakens as well, when he was discovered by Rey (Daisy Ridley) on the remote planet Ahch-To.
Hamill is well-known for his active social media presence and regular engagement with Star Wars fans of all ages, which is made even more striking given costar Ford’s known disdain for the Star Wars universe — you remember the viral Force ghost situation, yes?
Now, Hamill is poking fun at his good friend Ford while taking part in a recent Twitter challenge. The actor recently responded to a post asking “What’s your favorite Star Wars meme?”
Hamill shared a The Simpsons graphic in which Lisa Simpson is pointing to a whiteboard that reads “Harrison Ford doesn’t care about anyone’s Star Wars opinions and neither should you”. Hamill captioned the meme:
Too many to choose just one favorite, but this is pretty darn good.
— Mark Hamill (Mar🐫) (@HamillHimself) October 12, 2021
The post currently has over 62,000 likes on the popular social media platform.
What’s next for Luke Skywalker?
Hamill also, of course, made his epic return to the Star Wars universe as a CGI version of Return of the Jedi-era Skywalker in Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s The Mandalorian Season 2 finale episode (“Chapter 16: The Rescue”), shocking Star Wars fans everywhere.
Since Skywalker left with Grogu (AKA “Baby Yoda”) as his Padawan after rescuing bounty hunter Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), Cara Dune (Gina Carano), Koska Reeves (Sasha Banks), Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) from Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) and his Dark Trooper droids, it is almost certain that the iconic Jedi will reappear in The Mandalorian universe.
However, whether he comes back in The Mandalorian Season 3, a spinoff series like Ahsoka or The Book of Boba Fett (set to debut on December 29, 2021), or even the rumored Luke Skywalker show it is not yet known. It also remains unconfirmed if a CGI Hamill will continue to “play” Skywalker or if he will be recast, perhaps with the MCU’s Sebastian Stan, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Hamill during the original trilogy years.
Do you agree with Hamill’s favorite Star Wars meme?