The Luke Skywalker actor revealed where he was shooting
Mark Hamill has suggested his character Luke Skywalker will be in isolation during Star Wars: The Force Awakens in a new interview.
Speaking to Empire, Hamill said, “Obviously you’re seeing him in a very different time in his life. There are lots of surprises in this movie.”
Later in the interview Hamill spoke more specifically about his experience shooting the film. “It reminded me of when I was in Tunisia on the salt flats,” he said. “If you could get into your own mind and shut out the crew and look at the horizon, you really felt like you were in a galaxy far, far away. I had that same wave of emotion happen to me when I was on Skellig Michael in Ireland. I wasn’t anticipating it.”
Outlets including Empire have taken this as confirmation of fan theories that Luke is by himself on an unknown planet for much of the film.
The comments come after hints from Hamill that he will return for the follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The actor recently posted a tweet in which he reveals Luke Skywalker will feature in Episode VIII of the series.
Many fans had speculated that Skywalker wouldn’t survive the events of The Force Awakens, but Hamill’s comments suggest otherwise.
Hamill is contractually obliged to sport a beard for his Star Wars role, but appears in The Flash as The Trickster, who is clean-shaven.
Hamill also recently revealed that he will lose money if he gives away too much about the new Star Wars movie. His iconic character has been conspicuously absent from recent teaser clips and promotional pictures.
Discussing the ongoing threat of spoilers, the actor said: “I have something coming out where there’s an amount of money where if it leaks, because of me, I don’t get that payment. If I keep it a secret until the day it comes out, I get that payment. But I’m good about keeping secrets.”
Recalling that he managed to keep a huge secret while shooting the original Star Wars trilogy, Hamill added: “I’m proud of the fact that I knew a year and a half before anybody else that he [Darth Vader] was actually ‘Dad Vader’. I didn’t even tell Harrison Ford, or my wife…”
Hamill won’t have to keep quiet for too much longer because Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in less than a month. J.J. Abrams’ film will hit UK cinema screens on Thursday, December 17 followed by theatres in the US on Friday, December 18.
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Alongside the returning trio of Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, the film’s cast includes Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Adam Driver and Andy Serkis. J.J. Abrams has recently revealed that Carrie Fisher’s Leia will not be referred to as “Princess” in the film, but has instead been given the title of “General”.