Following his apparent death at the end of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a lot of fans were left wondering how Luke Skywalker might return for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Actor Mark Hamill has now confirmed the popular theory that he'll return as a Force ghost.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Hamill was asked if The Rise of Skywalker would be his last Star Wars film. He replied, "I sure hope so... I had closure in the last one. The fact that I'm involved in any capacity is only because of that peculiar aspect of the Star Wars mythology where if you're a Jedi you get to come back and make a curtain call as a Force ghost."
Force ghosts, which are the souls of dead Jedi, have made several appearances in the franchise as a whole, most notably at the end of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, when Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Yoda gathered together at the celebration on Endor following the defeat of Emperor Palpatine. Revenge of the Sith featured a reference to Qui-Gon Jinn rediscovering the technique.
Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Matt Smith, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film arrives Dec. 20.