Earlier this summer, Star Wars veteran Mark Hamill noted that he “fundamentally disagree[d] with virtually everything” The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson decided about his character. Of course, he would later go on to retract these remarks, but perhaps the initial discord was because Hamill originally wanted to play Luke Skywalker’s evil twin in the upcoming film rather than the actual iconic Jedi Master.
“Oh baby, would I love to play my own evil twin!” Hamill says in the latest issue of Empire. “It’d be great because you could maybe not reveal it’s Evil Luke until the real Luke shows up. We could watch this guy undermining the good guys secretly, maybe even killing a supporting character out of everyone’s sight so they all go, ‘What’s going on? He’s crazy!’ And then, of course, the good Luke shows up.”
While Hamill’s pitch might sound a little far-fetched to casual fans of the franchise, die-hard Star Wars purists are sure to conjure up memories Luuke Skywalker, the evil genetic clone of Luke Skywalker created by Timothy Zahn in the 1993 Expanded Universe novel The Last Command, the third and final novel in the Thrawn Trilogy. In that story, the clone is created from cells extracted from the hand that Luke lost in his fight with Darth Vader in Cloud City. After the battle, the hand was recovered by Vader and taken to the Emperor’s Mount Tantiss storehouse. Eventually, an insane Jedi by the name of Joruus C’baoth would come into possession of the hand, using it to grow the clone in secret so he could take him on as his apprentice and turn him to the Dark Side.
Obviously, what Hamill pitched to Lucasfilm doesn’t quite line up with Luuke Skywalker thread from the EU, but perhaps it’s for the best that his idea was shot down. After all, both the premise and the character himself were poorly received by a large portion of the EU fanbase.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi features returning cast members Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma and Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, joined by franchise newcomers Kelly Marie Tran as Rose, Benicio del Toro as “DJ” and Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo. The film arrives Dec. 15.
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