The first Luke Skywalker, played by none other than Mark Hamill, finally had something to say about his stunning cameo in the season finale of “The Mandalorian”.
“The fact that we were able to keep my involvement a secret for over a year without leaks is nothing short of a miracle,” says Hamill tweeted the Saturday. “A real triumph for spoiler hackers everywhere!”
The fact that we were able to keep my involvement a secret for over a year without a leak is nothing short of a miracle. A real triumph for spoilers around the world!#LooseLipsSinkStarships #STFU pic.twitter.com/TOBqlXYyHN
– Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 19, 2020
The young Jedi Master arrived at a time that was both exciting and heartbreaking: he saved Mando and Grogu from Moff Gideon but took Grogu from his father from the adopted space.
It’s pretty cool that we have a Luke Skywalker appearance in “The Mandalorian” – he’s pretty much the face of the franchise, after all, and his cameo lends extra weight to the events of the series. It’s even cooler that Lucasfilm managed to keep this huge spoiler a secret for a year.
However, did you know that although this cameo looked much like the Jedi we know and love – and we would recognize the voice of Mark Hamill a mile away – the live actor was Max Llyod-Jones?
Using CGI to get Mark Hamill’s young face onto Lloyd-Jones’ body is the sort of thing that “Star Wars” has done several times over the years. In “Rogue One,” we got CGI versions of Grand Moff Tarkin, who had a big role, and Leia, who was just a cameo at the very end. And in “The Rise of Skywalker,” we got another glimpse of CGI Leia and CGI Luke in a flashback to when Luke trained her as a Jedi.
We don’t know at this point whether or not we’ll see Lloyd-Jones again or even hear Mark Hamill’s voice again. As far as we know, Lucasfilm could completely upend our expectations and finally give us the “Sebastian Stan as Young Luke” fantasy of our dreams. Or maybe we won’t see Luke in “The Mandalorian” at all. Maybe it was just a stepping stone to connect the universes of “Star Wars” so that Mando’s story could continue.