“That’s Enough”, ‘Star Wars’ Icon Doubles Down on His Exit From the Franchise

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It sounds like this Star Wars icon really is done with the franchise.

It’s hard to imagine Star Wars without Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), but then on the other hand, the franchise already went a long time without him.

After playing the hero in Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi (1983), it was a “long time” before we ever saw Mark Hamill’s iconic Jedi return to the faraway galaxy (Luke himself, however, would appear in “Star Wars: Legends“).

Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) wielding a lightsaber in Return of the Jedi
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On the screen, Luke appeared as a new-born baby in the Prequel Trilogy’s Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith (2005), but after Return of the Jedi, it would be a long 32 years before Hamill picked up his lightsaber again, bypassing the likes of long-running animated shows Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) and Star Wars: Rebels (2014).

Finally, in 2015, Star Wars icon Hamill reprised his role as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens (2015), appearing in the final scene opposite Rey (Daisy Ridley). He then took center stage alongside Ridley in Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi (2017), and returned briefly in Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker (2019).

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But while fans are expecting the actor to reprise his role as Luke in the form of a Force Ghost in the upcoming Sequel-era film, which will see Daisy Ridley back as Rey Skywalker, this time trying to rebuild the Jedi Order, recently, Hamill seemed to confirm the worst.

He told The Hollywood Reporter that he doesn’t “have any expectations of that happening”, which echoed remarks made by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, who previously told IGN that Luke Skywalker’s future in Star Wars is “uncertain”.

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Now, in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, the 71-year-old Star Wars icon seemed to double down on his exit, explaining to host Tracy Smith that while he was grateful for all the joy Luke Skywalker has brought to fans, that his time in Star Wars might be at an end:

“I mean, the truth of the matter is, I never really expected to be remembered for anything,” he said. “I just wanted to make a living doing what I liked. And I thought, ‘Well, it could be worse. I could be, like, known as being the best actor who ever played Adolf Hitler, you know?’ At least Luke is an admirable fellow!”

Fans hoping he might reprise his role on the small screen may also be disappointed. Though Hamill appears as a de-aged Luke in The Mandalorian (2019) and The Book of Boba Fett (2021), Hamill goes on to say that Star Wars simply doesn’t need the character anymore:

“I just don’t see any reason to [return],” he said. “Let me put it that way: I mean, they have so many stories to tell, they don’t need Luke anymore. I had my time, and that’s good. But that’s enough.”

But while Hamill may be done with Star Wars, there’s every chance Luke Skywalker could return in some shape or form, with another actor taking up the mantle.

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Hamill isn’t the only actor to have exited the franchise lately. Recently, Freddie Prinze Jr., who voices Jedi Kanan Jarrus in Rebels, said he’s done playing the character, and, as such, won’t be reprising his role in the upcoming live-action series Ahsoka (2023).

Ian McDiarmid, who’s best known for portraying Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars films, also confirmed that, like Mark Hamill, he hadn’t been approached to appear in the upcoming Sequel-era film.

There’s currently no release date for the untitled Sequel-era film.

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