In a new interview, Mark Hamill reveals that Luke Skywalker was going to die in George Lucas' version of Star Wars 9. The Last Jedi is one of the most divisive Star Wars projects to ever hit the big screen and not even Mark Hamill fully agreed with director Rian Johnson's initial vision for the movie when it was first presented to him. Now, the actor has revealed that Luke Skywalker was always destined to have a dark future, but just a little later on in the series.
Mark Hamill spoke about the original version of Star Wars 9 that George Lucas had been working on. There are some similarities, but as previously noted, Lucas was going to wait until the final installment to kill Luke Skywalker. Additionally, the movie would have had Luke training Leia in the ways of the Jedi. Hamill had this to say.
"I happen to know that George didn't kill Luke until the end of Episode 9, after he trained Leia. Which is another thread that was never played upon (in The Last Jedi)."
Mark Hamill did not go into more detail about what George Lucas had in mind for the trilogy, but it seems that the Star Wars creator was going to focus more on the original characters, which probably would not have gone over very well with Harrison Ford. Hamill's initial disagreement with Rian Johnson on The Last Jedi may have very well stemmed from the fact that he knew how Lucas intended to end the trilogy. Mark Hamill was barely in 2015's The Force Awakens, only to show up in the last movie as an unrecognizable character from the one that everybody, including Hamill, thought that they knew so well.
However, George Lucas would have had Luke Skywalker in exile on Ahch-To as well. Although the director probably would not have taken Luke down to such a dark place. Star Wars fans were split on Rian Johnson's decision to show off a side of the legendary Jedi that nobody saw coming. Some fans want it stricken from official canon while others appreciated the unique take and the darkness that it brought. One thing that nearly all Star Wars fans agree on is that Mark Hamill gave the performance of a lifetime in The Last Jedi.
J.J. Abrams has taken over for Colin Trevorrow to direct Star Wars 9, which is set to begin filming this summer. While the storyline of the final installment in the trilogy isn't clear at this time, Finn actor John Boyega has stated the movie will be "all-out war." It will be interesting to see where Abrams takes the final movie of the trilogy after Rian Johnson took the franchise to a character-driven story with very dark elements. You can read more about what Mark Hamill had to say about George Lucas' version of Star Wars 9 over at IGN.