Star Wars The Last Jedi update: Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker is nothing short of Oscar worthy

FP Staff

Mar,03 2017 11:03:54 IST

It may feel like a long way away, but in a sense, Star Wars 8 is just around the corner. There are a ton of reasons to be excited about the film, but easily the biggest reason is getting to see Luke Skywalker in action, or at the very least actually saying a line or two of dialogue.

As if we weren't already excited enough, J.J. Abrams has just further fueled fires by saying that Mark Hamill's performance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi is potentially Oscar-worthy.

Luke Skywalker. Image courtesy: Creative Commons

Luke Skywalker. Image courtesy: Creative Commons

The director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was recently in attendance at Oscar Wilde Awards in L.A., which is intended to support a U.S-Ireland alliance.

NY Daily News caught up with J.J. Abrams at the event and even though he isn't directing this time around, the subject of Star Wars: The Last Jedi came up. He said about Mark Hamill, "I think we are all going to be very upset if he does not win an Oscar, and no one more upset than Mark."

"He is hysterically funny," Abrams says of his star. "He has done comedy. He is an amazing guy — he can do anything."

Hamill, who first played Luke Skywalker in the 1977 film Star Wars, has reprised the role of the heroic Jedi Knight in three other films, including 2015’s The Force Awakens in which he appears for one minute and says nothing.

Star Wars fans will have to wait until December to see whether or not that monologue is indeed Oscar-worthy.

There is not much known about the upcoming film. The official title was unveiled on 23 January 2017 with the below post:

What we know is, this might be the end of Luke Skywalker, because in 2016, Hamill made a slip of the tongue by telling The Hollywood Reporter, “I finish Episode 8, and then I’m out of work.”

Updated Date: Mar 03, 2017 11:03 AM