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Mark Hamill takes another swipe at Luke Skywalker’s treatment by the Star Wars sequels

January 19th, 2021 by Marc Comments

So, is it just us, or did Mark Hamill just throw more shade at The Last Jedi and how his character, Luke Skywalker, was treated in the Disney Star Wars sequel trilogy?

When the season finale of The Mandalorian Season 2 aired in December, the star took to Twitter and thanked showrunners Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau, saying it was an unexpected surprise and a very welcome one:

Now, many – including us – noticed that the thank you did not include Kathleen Kennedy and, among all the rumours of a division at Lucasfilm, some speculated this was not by accident as Hamill has not been secretive about his disdain for what Kennedy and Rian Johnston did to Luke in The Last Jedi. But it was also dismissed by many and we put it to the back of our minds.

However, on January 15th, director of the Mandalorian finale (and the Ant-man movies) Peyton Reed took to Twitter and praised Hamill and Luke Skywalker, and just how important a character Luke was and still is to so many people, then, in response to the tweet, Hamill thanked him for all he did (you can read the interaction here):

Hamill’s writing that he was grateful for the “opportunity to revisit my character when he was still a symbol of hope & optimism” is clearly a jab at what happened to Luke in Star Wars Episode VIII and how he’s glad that he was given a chance to once again portray the character as the Jedi many of us grew up loving – and if anyone ever tells you Luke doesn’t matter, I recommend giving this video a watch and let me assure you, I know many fans who reacted just this way when he appeared in The Mandalorian finale.

So, a blatant ignoring of Kathleen Kennedy and then a jibe at the travesty his character became in the sequel trilogy? I think there’s little doubt Hamill feels the way the majority of fans do about how Luke was treated over the last few years. But it really feels that Favreau and Filoni have what it takes to remind us not of the crazy old man drinking from an alien’s udder but rather the hero that helped form a generation.

Thoughts? I want to hear them, guys.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….