- "I am a Jedi, like my father before me."
- ―Luke Skywalker[src]
Luke Skywalker (portrayed by Mark Hamill) is the main protagonist of the original trilogy. He first appeared in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and returned for the rest of the trilogy, with an infant version of the character appearing in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Luke will be returning in Star Wars Episode VII.
Fictionally, Luke is the son of Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala, and the twin brother of Princess Leia Organa. He was born shortly after his father became Darth Vader and just before his mother died, leading to him being raised on Tatooine. During the Galactic Civil War, Luke joined the Rebel Alliance and destroyed the Death Star. He was trained by Obi-Wan Kenobi and, later, Yoda, before finally becoming a Jedi Knight after confronting his father. During their final confrontation, Luke redeemed Vader, who sacrificed himself to save Luke and kill the Emperor.
Rumored involvement in upcoming filmsEdit
Star Wars Episode VIIEdit
The return of Luke Skywalker for a potential sequel trilogy has been rumored since the late 1970s, when George Lucas first spoke about Star Wars being comprised of nine films. Once the trilogy was officially announced on October 30, 2012, much of the media speculation surrounding the films centered on the potential return of Luke Skywalker, as well as Han Solo and Princess Leia. Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, has himself acknowledged that he and the other actors have been in talks with The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm about returning. According to George Lucas, the studio is negotiating with the actors, and he believes Luke Skywalker will return.
Throughout the years, many plot points for Luke's role have been suggested, with most suggestions coming from Lucas himself. In 1983, TIME reported that Luke would return in his 60s, and Hamill said that Luke would be an "Obi-Wan type character, handing Excalibur down to the next generation." Several years later, in 1988, Lucas hinted that Luke might have a love interest in the sequel trilogy. When asked by Starlog why Luke never had a love interest in the originals, Lucas said "You haven't seen the last three yet." By 2004, though Lucas had long since said he would not be making the sequels, Hamill said that he would be willing to return and that Lucas had told him the appearance would be "just like a cameo. [Luke will] be like Obi-Wan handing the lightsaber down to the next new hope."
Despite these past statements, none are confirmed to be actual plot points in the sequels. What is known is that the script for Episode VII is based on an original story treatment written by Lucas, and not an adaptation of any existing Expanded Universe story.
Official canon appearancesEdit
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Indirect mention only, in "Destiny" and "Sacrifice")
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
- Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (First canon appearance)
- Star Wars
- Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi
- Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
- Star Wars Episode VII
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Complete History of the Sequel Trilogy: Episodes VII, VIII and IX on The Secret History of Star Wars website
- ↑ Mark Hamill on 'Star Wars: Episode VII': 'They're talking to us' on EntertainmentWeekly.com
- ↑ How Disney Bought Lucasfilm—and Its Plans for 'Star Wars' on Bloomberg Businessweek
- ↑ Mark Hamill discusses Star Wars Episode VII -Luke Skywalker in the Sequel Trilogy
- ↑ Mark Hamill talks Star Wars 7, 8 and 9! on MovieWeb
- ↑ Star Wars 7 Plot Will Be "an Original Story," Says Lucasfilm Source on E! Online