Mark Hamill reveals in a story posted on IGN what would have ultimately come of his character Luke Skywalker at the end of Episode IX had George Lucas’ treatment for the film seen the light of day. Turns our George’s intended fate for Luke was similar to the fate chosen for the character by director Rian Johnson as seen in The Last Jedi, only George’s planned version would have taken place towards the end of Episode IX instead.
Speaking to IGN about the differences in approach to the character of Luke Skywalker between J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson, Hamill suddenly changed tack, and explained:
“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].”
This is the first time we’ve heard that Lucas intended to end the ‘Skywalker Saga’ with Luke’s death. While the original Extended Universe saw Leia trained as a Jedi Knight (although not by Luke), it also hadn’t been publicly mooted as part of the films’ storyline.
Will the Jedi Master be making an appearance in director J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX via a Force ghost ala Yoda in The Last Jedi?
We shall see.