UK film mag Empire has unveiled a new look at Luke Skywalker and his (hopefully) soon-to-be protege Rey from its October issue.
His Star Wars crew apparently didn’t think much of this strange then-new sci-fi project, but Mark Hamill was duly impressed enough to hang on to a photo that the actor now suspects might be the first shot of him in character as Luke Skywalker. “Taken in Tunisia early morning Day #1 waiting for my 1st shot (emerging from home for robot auction),” Hamill tweeted today. “Perhaps the very 1st #LukePic.” Asked by a Twitter follower what he was thinking when the snapshot was…
Seems not, unless Mark Hamill’s hairy Jedi is suffering from an acute bout of amnesia. New footage from ‘The Last Jedi’ was shown to Disney shareholders and a select few others yesterday, including a rather telling exchange between Skywalker and the notably surnameless Rey. Anyhow, it feels like that particular avenue might be closing off, so perhaps she’s not a Skywalker, but a Kenobi (she’s probably not an Organa, as that might have come up in conversation with Princess Leia in ‘The Force Awakens’).
George Lucas has a long and chequered history of tinkering with the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy since release. “Films never get finished, they get abandoned” he once famously said, and he’s never managed to fully abandon his sci-fi trilogy yet. The first changes were made to ‘Star Wars’ just weeks after the film hit cinemas in 1977 when a new audio track was added featuring amended sound effects and alternate dialogue takes. Greedo shot first The most controversial and debated change made to ‘Star Wars’ came in the 1997 Special Edition release. In the cantina confrontation where Han coolly dispatches Greedo in cold blood (watch the original here), George Lucas made it look like the bounty hunter shot first in a misguided bid to make the Millennium Falcon pilot seem less ruthless. The exchange now looks stilted and has caused countless nerd arguments ever since.
Fans were left hanging at the end of “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” as Rey hands Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill, his old lightsaber. “I haven’t seen this thing in years,” an astonished Hamill says in the video (above). Brandon Alinger of Prop Store LA brought the original movie prop from his personal collection to Hamill’s show.
Mark Hamill in ‘Star Wars.’ At the time this scene was filmed, his character’s name was still Luke Starkiller. He got the role in a little movie called Star Wars, but midway through shooting, his character’s name was changed to Skywalker.
Many Star Wars fans had only one question after watching the full-length trailer for The Force Awakens last week: Where was Luke Skywalker? While Han Solo (Harrison Ford) made a memorable first appearance in the April teaser and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) finally made her debut in the new poster and trailer, one of the heroes of the original trilogy has been mostly absent except for a voiceover and hooded glimpse in the second teaser. Abrams, after all, loves a good twist, which has some fans wondering if the man who was supposed to revive the Jedi Knights has instead turned to the dark side.
The first full-length trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens gave fans plenty to speculate wildly about, but one moment in particular is causing widespread panic across the galaxy — or at least, the Internet. Towards the end of the trailer (watch it here!), there is a one-second shot of heroine Rey (Daisy Ridley) sobbing over what looks like a dead body. So who dies?