There’s something about a cliffhanger that drives us crazy, especially if said cliffhanger gives us a brief glimpse of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker. The Force Awakens mentioned the legendary Jedi Master multiple times, but he only appeared on screen for a couple of seconds at the end.
In the upcoming The Last Jedi, we’ll get to see more of Mark as he reprises his role as Luke Skywalker. Here’s why we couldn’t be happier about it.
He's the original Star Wars hero
One of the highlights of The Force Awakens was seeing some of the most loved characters from the original trilogy return to the Star Wars series. Watching Han Solo and Chewbacca pilot the Millennium Falcon was one of the most nostalgia-inducing moments in recent cinema. And there was of course Princess Leia as well, with CP30 and R2-D2 also making appearances.
The only major missing character of the gang? Luke Skywalker of course. While Darth Vader is arguably the most iconic Star Wars character, Mark Hamill’s character is undoubtedly the biggest (and first) hero of the series. Seeing Hamill return will likely give us a similar fuzzy feeling as we got when we saw Harrison Ford reprise his role as Han. But hopefully, we won’t be faced with another heartbreaking death scene. There’s only so much that we can take.
He'll (hopefully) be reunited with Carrie Fisher
Are Luke and Leia the most famous siblings in cinema? We’d be happy to make an argument to claim so. And with Leia losing Han in the last film, we’re even keener for Leia to be reunited with Luke in her time of need.
But it’s not just the characters that we’d like to see have a reunion. We’re also excited to see Mark Hamill and the late, great Carrie Fisher on screen together, should it happen. Both actors made their movie breakthrough in the original Star Wars, so seeing them return together will almost be like a school reunion.
With Carrie's tragic passing last year, it will be even more emotional to see.
He will take the mentor role
Every time we saw Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, he was the young prodigy Jedi fighting against the odds to save his friends. That is until 1983's Return of the Jedi when he finally ascended into the ranks of mature movie hero.
But now he’s a little too old to be doing somersaults and swinging his lightsabre right left and centre. Instead, he will be taking on the Yoda role as he mentors Rey. It will be a nice transition to witness, with Luke becoming the wise old man rather than the reckless youth.
We will see more Jedi powers
"Use the force, Luke". We hope Skywalker will still heed those words in The Last Jedi. While The Force Awakens was a great film, it was disappointing that the Jedi powers were limited to Rey and Kylo Ren. It was interesting to see Rey discover her powers, but we’re craving epic stand-offs and more lightsabre clashes.
Luke Skywalker is one of the last remaining Jedi and so we’re eager to see him show off his powers once again. Has he grown stronger since we last saw him in Return of the Jedi? Will we get to see his powers in action? And what will he teach Rey? These are all questions that have been burning inside us for the past few years, and hopefully they’ll be answered by the end of 2017.
We'll find out what Luke's been doing in hiding
The conclusion of The Force Awakens revealed that Luke has been hiding on the planet Ahch-To for a number of years. Why he’s been hiding there isn’t exactly clear. Has he been hiding from the Empire? It wouldn’t fit with his compassionate character if Luke was keeping himself safe while his friends were in danger.
So what has he been doing on the oceanic planet for all this time? The very first Jedi temple does reside there, so perhaps it is something to do with the Force. There’s many other questions we have for Luke too. Does he know the parentage of Rey? We’re also eager to hear his side of the story of Kylo Ren’s betrayal and whether he’s forgiven him for slaughtering the other students. There’s just so many questions! It won’t be too long until we find out though.
Stay tuned to the blog over the next few days for the breakdown of The Last Jedi trailer – arriving very soon!
Ryan Jones is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.