Since his brief appearance in the final scene of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), fans have been speculating about what lead to Luke Skywalker ending up in complete solitude. Actor Mark Hamill has been trying to explain the background to Luke’s actions in the run up to the new movie and the apparent effect that it has had on the character and it appears that we will see a very different version of Luke in Episode VIII.
Hamill told EW,
“Luke made a huge mistake in thinking that his nephew was the chosen one so he invested everything he had in Kylo, much like Obi-Wan did with my character. And he is betrayed, with tragic consequences. Luke feels responsible for that. That’s the primary obstacle he has to rejoining the world and his place in the Jedi hierarchy, you know? It’s that guilt, that feeling that it’s his fault, that he didn’t detect the darkness in him until it was too late.”
It appears that Rey’s first meeting with the Jedi master didn’t go too smoothly either as actress Daisy Ridley had this to say about her character’s initial meeting with Luke;
“‘Oh my God, this other man that I lost within a couple days was somewhat of a father figure. Now he’s gone, and instead I’m with this grumpy guy on an island who doesn’t want me here.'”
Hamill was quite vocal about his initial doubts for his character’s development since he was last seen (properly) in Return of the Jedi, although he later put those comments into a slightly less concerned context.
“When I first read it my jaw dropped,” Hamill said. “What would make someone that alienated from his original convictions? That’s not something that you can just make up in an afternoon and I really struggled with this thing.”
Stars Wars: The last Jedi opens December 15th in the US and a day earlier in the UK.