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Mark Hamill is set to returns as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars Episode IX, but so far, we have no idea to what capacity he’s going to be in the film. As it turns out, it looks like he hasn’t even shot anything for the movie yet, and he talks a bit about how much more intense the secrecy is this time around.
Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Hamill explained:
“I still have to go over and do [Episode IX… Most of the parts I have coming up beside Star Wars are voiceover — there’s one big one, very high profile, I can’t announce now, that I’m really excited about.
“You know how it is these days, every time you sign NDAs. I remember back when I read the first Star Wars [script], I was like, ‘Wow, that’s the goofiest thing I’ve ever read.’ I gave it to my best friend to read, and I said, ‘What do you think of it?’ He said, ‘It’s really wild, it’s crazy, can I give it to Meredith?’ ‘Sure, go ahead.’ It went around to all my friends. Of course back then nobody cared. Nowadays it’s like working for some secret deep state government organization, like being in the CIA. They’re going to send rewrites over to Prague on this dark red paper that gives you a headache to read.”
“They’re going to fly [the rewrites] over with somebody from the company… They’re going to come and give it to me and wait for me to read it before I give it back. So no pressure! You can’t even keep it overnight. But that’s the way it is now.”
Personally, I’m not expecting Luke to be in the movie for too much, and I’m expecting Hamill to have just as much screentime as Obi-Wan did in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. No doubt Hamill could be returning as a Force Ghost to guide Rey, but I would also be fine if he was just constantly showing up in front of Ben Solo, trying to get him to reform.
Though I know it’s a tad fanservice-y, I kind of also want to see the early days of Luke training Ben and his other Jedi—right before everything went tits up.
Catch Hamill in Star Wars Episode IX when it hits theaters Dec. 20, 2019.