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Star Wars’ Mark Hamill 'pitched' evil Luke Skywalker to J.J. Abrams (in 2005)

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One of the biggest mysteries of the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the status of Luke Skywalker. We know that Mark Hamill is in the film, but no reference or image of the character has shown up in any of the trailers, teasers or promotional images. So what gives?

In an interesting twist, Mark Hamill once shared his thoughts for a darker take on the character as Luke Skywalker turns to the dark side. He talked about this idea in an episode of Kevin Smith's Dinner for Five, and his explanation is fascinating.

Skip to about 12 minutes in to see Hamill describe his ideas:

"As an actor that would be more fun to play," he said. "I just thought that’s the way it was going from when we finished. I figured that’s what will be the pivotal moment. I’ll have to come back, but it will be I have Han Solo in my crosshairs and I’ll be about to kill him or about to kill the Princess or about to kill somebody that we care about. It’ll be an old cornball movie, like World War II movies."

Hamill said he pitched the idea to Lucas, and even gave some thoughts on what Luke's hair should look like as he was being trained as a Jedi, which he then claims Lucas may have borrowed for Anakin's look. The whole video is pretty interesting, but the really killer part is that one of the other members of the dinner is J.J. Abrams.

That's right. J.J. Abrams. The individual directing The Force Awakens.

So we're not saying that Luke Skywalker is going to come back as an evil character, but it was an idea that Hamill felt strongly about, and all but pitched to Abrams in the past. There is a leaked image of Skywalker you can find online if you dig, Disney has been pretty effective at wiping it from most major sites, and it may provide one or two hints about where the character is headed.

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