Mark Hamill has thrown his support behind Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran, who has quit social media following months of racist and sexist trolling.
UK film mag Empire has unveiled a new look at Luke Skywalker and his (hopefully) soon-to-be protege Rey from its October issue.
Mark Hamill has long been a defender of George Lucas’s prequel trilogy, and 18 years after the release of Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace, he still takes the insults personally. In an interview with Vulture at the Sundance Film Festival, where he was promoting his comedy Brigsby Bear, the man who plays Luke Skywalker said that he still can’t fathom the vitriol directed at the films. In particular, Hamill said, he’s “still angry” about the criticism directed at young Phantom Menace star Jake Lloyd.
Mark Hamill in The Force Awakens. No one understands fan culture on the same level as Mark Hamill. The Star Wars hero, who will reprise his role as Luke Skywalker in the upcoming Episode VIII, holds a unique position as both the object of fan idolization and an avid, dyed-in-the-wool pop-culture obsessive.
Mark Hamill has really taken his Jedi training to heart. The man eternally identified with his alter ego Luke Skywalker does it all quietly (occasionally just with a deep stare) until the press catches on. The tipster behind Hamill’s latest good deed, though, also happens to be the recipient.
As part of J.J. Abrams’ “Force for Change” initiative, fans can donate to 15 charitable causes and win a chance to meet the cast at the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (opening in theaters on December 18). Of course, a few lucky Hollywood Boulevard pedestrians have already met Luke Skywalker — but as this video shows, they had no idea it was him. “The last time anybody saw me in a Stormtrooper outfit was when we rescued the princess on the Death Star,” Hamill points out.
The fate of Luke Skywalker has been the subject of much fevered discussion among Star Wars fans as the release of The Force Awakens looms. While Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher have been prominently featured in the promotion of the new film, Mark Hamill has been conspicuously absent.
Although we’re still yet to see Luke Skywalker in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, he’s finally opened up about his return to the galaxy far, far away. During an interview with Famous Monsters of Filmland, the 64-year-old Jedi finally spoke about ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’… and gave us a hint of what to expect. “But the fact that half a dozen cast members from the originals can be there to place it in some sort of context, to be there for the historical side of things, I think it’s wonderful.” - Star Wars 7 Theatrical Poster Revealed - Sneak Peek of Star Wars 7’s Full Trailer - Star Wars: Rogue One Script Re-Written? ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ has already introduced us to the next generation of heroes, with John Boyega’s Finn and Daisy Ridley’s Rey taking up arms against the First Order. “I’m old enough to be Luke’s grandfather now, and that’s a healthy, natural thing for people to see.” Of course, this doesn’t exactly give much away when it comes to the fate of Luke Skywalker – who has not been showcased in any of the trailers and is rumoured to be in exile following the events of ‘Return of the Jedi’.
Daisy Ridley and John Boyega in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ (Disney/Lucasfilm) The Force is officially with Daniel. On Thursday, an unfinished cut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was screened for Daniel Fleetwood, a 32-year-old Houston resident and fervent fan of the franchise who’s dying from a rare form of cancer. Given two months to live by doctors in July, Fleetwood feared that he would succumb to his disease before The Force Awakens’ Dec. 18 release date. His wife Ashley began a campaign using the hashtag #ForceForDaniel, and it quickly went viral, with fellow fans and even some Star Wars actors advocating for Fleetwood to see the long-awaited sequel while he was still strong enough to watch.
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.