‘Star Wars’ Finally Kills off Luke Skywalker Forever

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Characters Rey and Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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The faraway galaxy’s most powerful Jedi may never return…

Star Wars has been navigating rocky terrain since the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi (2017), the film that cut the fanbase down the middle like a hot lightsaber through blue butter back in 2017. Simply put, things haven’t been the same since.

While Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens (2015), the first film in the long-awaited Sequel Trilogy, didn’t wow fans as much as they’d hoped, it was the 2017 follow-up that sent the fanbase into turmoil, something that hasn’t really abated for six years.

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Unfortunately, Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker (2019), the concluding chapter in the trilogy, did nothing to remedy the damage. In fact, in hindsight, many fans consider The Rise of Skywalker to be worse than The Last Jedi.

Before the third film hit theaters, though, fans were already being treated to Star Wars‘ first live-action television series in The Mandalorian (2019), and while things were going wrong on the silver screen, it seemed there was still hope for the franchise on the small screen.

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But it was The Mandalorian Season 2 finale that left fans convinced that Star Wars had been saved. In the episode, Grogu is rescued by none other than iconic Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker, with actor Mark Hamill de-aged using a double and the ground-breaking “deepfake” technology.

Luke’s last appearance was in the spin-off series The Book of Boba Fett (2021) — in which he looked far more convincing — however, after sending an indecisive Grogu back to Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), many fans were left wondering whether Luke would ever return.

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker holding Grogu
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While we know what fate has in store for Luke (he’s  killed off in The Last Jedi)– to quote the man himself, “No one is ever really gone”. In fact, he reappears in The Rise of Skywalker as a Force Ghost to give Rey (Daisy Ridley) some much-needed guidance.

Now, following the news that a brand-new Sequel-era film is in development, which was announced during this year’s Star Wars Celebration in London, fans are wondering whether or not Mark Hamill will be returning to play Luke Skywalker once again.

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The film will take place 15 years after The Rise of Skywalker, with Daisy Ridley reprising her role as Rey, this time trying to rebuild the Jedi Order. As such, Luke Skywalker could easily return to continue guiding Rey on her journey as a Jedi Knight. Right?

Well, not so fast. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Mark Hamill talked about the demise of his iconic Star Wars character in the Sequel Trilogy.

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“When I read [EpisodeVIII, I knew it was over,” he said. “So I was relishing every moment, but also saying goodbye to all those people that I had associated with over the years. So I still miss them.”

He was then asked if he’d be returning as a Force Ghost in the upcoming Sequel-era film. “No, I don’t have any expectations of that happening,” the actor said. Previously, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy also told IGN that Luke’s future on the big screen is unknown.

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“I don’t know if we’ll spend a lot of time in flashbacks or [on] Force ghosts or things like that,” Kennedy elaborated on the upcoming film, “but certainly, the spirit of what he [Luke]  represents to her [Rey] is going to be significant.”

Hamill does, of course, reprise his role as Luke in The Rise of Skywalker, and again as a much younger version in The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, but will he ever return to either one of these timelines, or is his time in Star Wars finally over?

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According to a new rumor shared by Giant Freakin Robot, Luke and his father Anakin Skywalker, with Hayden Christensen reprising his role, will appear in the upcoming Sequel-era film as Force Ghosts, but this is nothing more than a rumor. Elsewhere, it’s also speculated that Luke will make an appearance in the Mando-Verse movie from director Dave Filoni, but nothing has been confirmed as yet.

For now, it looks like Luke won’t be returning to Star Wars — at least not in cinema. Whether or not he’ll return to the Mando-Verse on the small screen remains to be seen. It’s possible, though, that he’ll make an appearance in Ahsoka (2023), especially now that the two characters are officially acquainted. Either way, Hamill’s comments on the upcoming Sequel-era film will leave many fans shocked, perhaps even heartbroken.

As per Disney and Lucasfilm, here’s the official trailer for Ahsoka:

Ahsoka stars Rosario Dawson (Ahsoka Tano), Natasha Liu Bordizzo (Sabine Wren), Eman Esfandi (Ezra Bridger), Lars Mikkelsen (Grand Admiral Thrawn), Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Hera Syndulla), Genevieve O’Reilly (Mon Mothma), Ivanna Sakhno (Shin Hati), Diana Lee Inosanto (Morgan Elsbeth), and Ray Stevenson (Baylan).

Ahsoka will premiere on Disney+ in August.

There’s currently no release date for the untitled Sequel-era film, which is being directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.

Do you think it’s time for Star Wars to leave Luke Skywalker alone once and for all? Let Inside the Magic know in the comments down below!

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