While Mark Hamill wasn’t present at Star Wars Celebration or seen in the new trailer, the actor takes to Twitter to react and tease the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker title.
Hamill teases that “a bunch more stuff happens” than seen in the trailer and questions who could the Skywalker be in the title.
It’s not #EpisodeIXFromHisNap or even my suggestion: #EpisodeIXABunchMoreStuffHappens– It’#EpisodeIXTheRiseOfSkywalker! It’s time for the 8 months of speculation to begin. Is that Skywalker KYLO? LEIA? ANAKIN? LUKE? A previously unknown SKYWALKER? Is REY a Skywalker? #CoolTitle— https://t.co/avfffLvC1z
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) April 12, 2019
The trailer starts off with footage of Daisy Ridley as Rey with a voice over from Luke who says, “We’ve passed on all we know. A thousand generations live in you now. But this is your fight.” More footage is shown, with Luke adding toward the end, “We’ll always be with you… No one’s ever really gone.”
The last line that Luke says is rather interesting. While the trailer ends with the laughter of The Emperor, perhaps meaning Palpatine is not really gone, maybe it also applies to Luke Skywalker. Last we seen of Luke was in The Last Jedi when he was Force projecting himself battling Kylo Ren buying time for Leia and the Rebels to escape. However, once they made it to safety and the battle was over, Luke disappeared in Yoda-like fashion, though Luke’s official death has yet to be confirmed.
Following the release of The Last Jedi, Mark Hamill actually said he hopes Luke is still alive.
“I refuse to believe that he’s gone,” Hamill told the BBC back in March 2018. “My theory is he just teleported to somewhere else and left his robe behind. He teleported to a nudist colony, that’s what I’m hoping.”
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has a December 20, 2019 release.