On a 2005 episode of "Dinner for Five," Mark Hamill and director J.J. Abrams recalled the time Hamill suggested the idea of an evil Luke Skywalker to George Lucas; now, following multiple rumors and fan theories about Hamill's absence from all of the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailers, the episode has resurfaced online thanks to Collider.
"As an actor, that would be more fun to play," Hamill explained. "I just thought that's the way it was going from when we finished ["Empire Strikes Back"]… I'll have to come back, but it will be I have Han Solo in my crosshairs, and I'll be about to kill him or about to kill the Princess or about to kill somebody that we care about. It's an old cornball movie, like World War II movies."
As the release date for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" draws nearer, fans have pointed out Hamill's noticeable absence from the film's marketing over social media using the #WhereIsLuke hashtag. Fan favorite characters Han Solo, Princess Leia and Chewbacca have all appeared in trailers across the board, sparking even more interest in Luke's unknown whereabouts. This 2005 conversation between Hamill and Abrams only adds fuel to the fire of those fans who believe Luke may have gone over to the Dark Side in the upcoming installment. You can check out the episode for yourself in the video below.
Directed by Abrams, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” stars franchise veterans Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker, joined by newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie and Max von Sydow.
The film will be released wide Dec. 16 in France, Dec. 17 in the United Kingdom and Dec. 18 in North America.