Mark Hamill Dreamed Up A Grim Backstory For Luke While Preparing For The Last Jedi


Before we get stuck into what is an absurdly grim backstory for the great Luke Skywalker, we should stress that Mark Hamill is recalling a hypothetical scenario designed to bring him a little closer to the jaded Jedi. So don’t be fooled into thinking that this extract is suddenly canon, or that it’ll factor into the story of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

During the early days of Rian Johnson’s sci-fi sequel, it turns out Hamill dreamed up his own backstory for Luke, which essentially explains how the Star Wars legend wound up on Ahch-To soon after the events of Jedi.

And though Luke’s exile can largely be traced back to a fallen Jedi Order and his temperamental nephew (Ben Solo/Kylo Ren), these harrowing events pale in comparison to the made-up scenario that Hamill imagined. Via Entertainment Weekly, the actor spilled the beans on his alternate story, along with its chilling real-world parallels.

I wrote lots and lots of scenarios. I made notes that he fell in love with a woman who was a widow and had this young child. He left the Jedi to raise this young child and marry this woman, and the child got hold of a lightsaber and accidentally killed himself.

Hamill continued:

It’s nothing to do with the story, but when I think about gun violence and you read these tragic stories of kids getting hold of their parents’ guns and killing a sibling or themselves, I mean, I had to go to really dark places to get where Luke needed to be for this story.

Again, this was merely a way for Mark Hamill to drop into a character that he hasn’t really portrayed for nigh on 30 years. That all changes with the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi though, which will seemingly begin with the word “we’re.” We’re in trouble, perhaps? Or, we’re in this together? Your guess is as good as ours.