Hamill first appeared in “A New Hope” in 1977, when he was only 25-years-old. He later reprised his role in its two sequels: 1970’s “The Empire Strikes Back” and 1983’s “Return of the Jedi” to complete the original “Star Wars” trilogy.
Although Luke Skywalker remained dormant in the film franchise for decades, he made a small appearance at the end of the first installment of the sequel trilogy: 2015’s “The Force Awakens.” He was featured more heavily in 2017’s “The Last Jedi,” although his character was met with great controversy. Although Skywalker became one with the Force at the end of the film, he made another small appearance in 2019’s “The Rise of Skywalker.”
Many thought that it was the last time that they would ever see Luke Skywalker on screen, but fortunately, fans were in for a surprise!
Mark Hamill Reprises His Role For Season 2 Finale Of ‘The Mandalorian’
Fans were shocked to see Luke Skywalker make a return in the season 2 finale of “The Mandalorian.” In the episode, Luke Skywalker shows up to whisk Grogu, affectionately known to fans as Baby Yoda, away to commence his Force training.
The catch is that “The Mandalorian” takes place about five years after the events of “Return of the Jedi,” which means that Hamill had to look as old as he did in 1983! Hamill helped out with the role, and with a mix of CGI and the help of a body double, Max Lloyd Jones, the illusion was complete.
Although some fans were repelled by the look of the CGI, many admitted that it was an improvement from the CGI that brought Peter Cushing back to life as Grand Moff Tarkin (and Carrie Fisher as a young Princess Leia) in 2016’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
But that wasn’t the only time that Luke Skywalker was back on screen!
Luke Skywalker Returns For ‘The Book Of Boba Fett’
Although fans were hoping to see Luke Skywalker and Grogu training in season 3 of “The Mandalorian,” their wish came early as the last two episodes of “The Book of Boba Fett” have been dedicated to the titular Mandalorian, Din Djarin.
Chapter 6 of Boba Fett’s books actually brought back several familiar faces: Cobb Vanth, Ahsoka Tano, R2-D2, Cad Bane, Grogu, and Luke Skywalker.
However, many fans noticed that Max Lloyd Jones wasn’t in the credits. Instead, Graham Hamilton served as Luke Skywalker’s body double for this most recent episode of “The Book of Boba Fett” and he took to Instagram to comment on his role in a galaxy far, far away.
Mark Hamill’s Body Double Has Some Things To Say!
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Hamilton took to Instagram to pen a lengthy statement to Disney for “one of the most magical and fulfilling creative experiences of my life.” It remains to be seen if Hamilton will reprise Luke Skywalker for other appearances, or if Disney will officially recast a younger Luke Skywalker.
Many fans have thrown their support behind Marvel’s Sebastian Stan, who looks strikingly similar to Hamill when he was younger. Although Hamill himself has also expressed his support, he later admitted that he has absolutely no say in casting decisions at Lucasfilm.
Graham drew back the layers of Disney magic and revealed all the fun things that happened to him behind the scenes, from lightsaber training to playing with Grogu! Take a look!
“What can I say.
Co-creating #LukeSkywalker for @thebookofbobafett with master @hamillhimself was one of the most magical and fulfilling creative experiences of my life. Deep gratitude to @dave.filoni and @jonfavreau for bringing me into the family and to all the geniuses @starwars + @lucasfilms who remind us of the power of myth, and the deep responsibility of artists who bring these archetypes to life. It’s hard to express what this all meant for me, how unimaginably moving it was and still is.
The 5 year old kid who sat night after night in a basement in Missoula MT watching #StarWars is living his best life. The highlights are endless but here are few:
⚡️Playing everyday w. #Grogu
⚡️Geeking out w. @rosariodawson
⚡️Lightsaber training with @lateefcrowderdossantos
⚡️Wigging the Lukealike w. @hairdepartmentetc
⚡️Listening to all of Mark’s incredible stories
⚡️Introducing Luke’s Jedi Training threads w. @trpcic
⚡️Grogu fist-bump that MADE THE FINAL CUT!
⚡️Meditating between setups
⚡️Trailer laughs w. @sabswilson + @momeinhart
⚡️Dressing w. @merryberrydesigns
⚡️Discovering the Force
⚡️Coming home to @raleighveronica + Maeve
⚡️Waking each morning to live in a dream
⚡️Becoming a Jedi
I am humbled beyond words and forever grateful to all the incredible artists who welcomed me on this journey. Thank you thank you thank you. May the Force be with us all, always.”