A lot of fans were disappointed that Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker was absent for 98% of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but this time around, he'll be a more prominent presence in The Last Jedi. As it turns out, Hamill himself was not a fan of their original treatment of Skywalker's storyline and was initially wary of where they were going with Luke.
Talking to the New York Times, Hamill comments:
"That's the hard part… You don't want to admit how possessive you've become. There are times where you go, ‘Really? That's what they think of Luke? I'm not only in disagreement – I'm insulted.' But that's the process and you thrash it all out."
Hamill had also said before that he had "fundamentally disagreed" with director Rian Johnson's take on the character, but now it seems that he's fully accepted (and is totally fine with) what happens to Luke in the sequel trilogy.
I can understand how disappointing it must be for the hero of the franchise to realize that his story turned out to be a huge failure. Though Luke Skywalker may have messed up when it comes to building his own Jedi Academy, I'm still interested to see how his character will grow from this point. There really isn't any other way to go but up.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out Dec. 15.