Luke Skywalker
Real-world information
Portrayed by
First appearance

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Fictional information

Rebel Alliance


Jedi Knight


Tatooine (born on Polis Massa)





"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 VII: The Force AwakensEdit

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.[1] 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 LeiaMark 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.[2] According to George Lucas, the studio is negotiating with the actors, and he believes Luke Skywalker will return.[3]

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,[1] and Hamill said that Luke would be an "Obi-Wan type character, handing Excalibur down to the next generation."[4] 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."[1] 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."[5]

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.[6]

Official canon appearancesEdit


  • In Episodes 4 and 5, he carries a light blue lightsaber.
  • In Episode 6, he carries a green lightsaber.

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