Lucasfilm is nothing if not ambitious. In addition to at least one more main saga film, other upcoming Star Wars projects include Solo: A Star Wars Story, several live-action television series (including one written and produced by Jon Favreau), a potential Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone film (plus other rumored spinoffs), a new trilogy overseen by Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson and a new series of films written and produced by Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. With all that in mind, Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill is beginning to wonder if perhaps Star Wars is pushing the endurance of its fans a bit too far.
"I will say they should pace themselves, because you don't want to over-saturate it," Hamill told Cinemablend. "I said to Disney, 'Really? Five months after we come out comes [Solo: A Star Wars Story]? Can't you at least wait until Christmas?' But they've got things booked - they're doing Marvel and their own movies, so that's beyond my [purview.]"
However, despite the very real risk of Star Wars fatigue, Hamill remains optimistic that the diversity of the standalone films can still help the franchise thrive.
"Well, there shouldn't be [a limit to the storytelling], as it's a canvas that's so infinite," he explained. "With the standalone films they can all have their own identity. Rogue One can be gritty, and like a war film... I'm assuming, I don't know, but I would assume that Solo will be more comedic-ly oriented because he's a rogue, a scoundrel, and a gambler, and a womanizer and all those things. So I think the advantage of the standalone films is that they don't have to follow the formula of a trilogy, so they can establish their premise, get it on, get it done and get out leaving the audience wanting more. So there's infinite possibilities."
Hamill's Luke Skywalker makes his most recent appearance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the film also stars Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Benicio Del Toro as ‘DJ’, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, and the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa. The film is now available on Digital HD, Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and On-Demand.