While Mark Hamill may be back in the fold playing Luke Skywalker in the latest ‘Star Wars’ trilogy, that does not mean he does not look back nostalgically at the original trilogy and their creator, George Lucas, and wonder what may have been had Disney allowed Lucas to have a hand in the current films. It has been reported many times that Hamill feels the prequels, whatever you may say about them, were at least a bit more original than ‘The Force Awakens. ‘ It is somewhat admirable the loyalty he still has to the man who gave him the role of Luke Skywalker and propelled him to stardom. And while Disney seems to be doing a pretty good job with the franchise, at least in the eyes of most fans who are excited for the future of the franchise and hungrily going to the movies for every new entry (‘The Force Awakens’ garnered $2.068 billion in 2015, and ‘Rogue One’ took in $1.065 billion just last year), Hamill did state that he wished that Disney had been more open to input from Lucas in regards to some of the story points for the new trilogy, saying:
“What I wish is that they had been more accepting of his guidance and advice. Because he had an outline for ‘7,’ ‘8,’ and ‘9’. And it is vastly different to what they have done…But then again, I don’t want to be an old stick in the mud. There were the originals. There’s the prequels. But that’s all George. And now we have the next generation. And as far as I can see they are more popular than ever.”
Yet Hamill may be changing his tune with ‘The Last Jedi,’ as I cannot imagine this entry to be another rehash like ‘The Force Awakens,’ as Rian Johnson does not seem the type to just make ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ all over again. Plus, the marketing for the new film seems to be hinting at big changes and drama coming, which is part of why ‘Star Wars’ fandom is so excited for the movie to drop this week. What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you wish we could have seen what Lucas had in mind for episode 7, 8, and 9? Or are you happy with what Disney is bringing us? Share your thoughts in the comments below!