Mark Hamill has admitted that he would love to see George Lucas return to the Star Wars franchise in some capacity, adding that he knows “it hard for him” to see the films in other people’s hands.
The 66-year-old, who reprises the role of Luke Skywalker in “The Last Jedi” after his brief appearance in “The Force Awakens,” made this admission when I sat down with the actor at the end of last month to discuss the impending release of the blockbuster.
A good portion of our chat focused on Lucas, with Hamill admitting he wished Disney had listened to his advice and guidance more when they bought Lucasfilm and relaunched the franchise. It was at this point that I straight out asked Hamill if he wanted George Lucas to return to the “Star Wars” franchise, and if he’d spoken to him about doing so.
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“I would love that. I have spoken to George. He is a friend of mine. In fact, Mellody, his wife, bowled up to me at this event, and blurted out a horrible spoiler. I was like, ‘Mellody!!!!’ But I talked to him just last week on the phone.”
But while Hamill would like Lucas back involved, he has already told the legendary filmmaker that it just isn’t the same as it was before.
“The thing is, cause I said, ‘It’s just not the same. I hate to tell you this, dad.’ But going in I knew it would never be the same. That’s just part of what it is.”
Hamill doesn’t expect Lucas to ever be involved again in the “Star Wars” franchise, though, as that was essentially the deal he made when he sold Lucasfilm to Disney for $4 billion in 2012.
“I know it is hard for him. But once he made that decision to turn it over that was it.”
We’ll get to see what Rian Johnson can do with George Lucas’ creations when the latest installment to the “Star Wars” universe, “The Last Jedi,” is released on December 15.