Mark Hamill Reveals Why He’s Leaving Star Wars: “They Don’t Need Me”

Mark Hamill
Mark Hamill at the World premiere of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, USA on December 14, 2015. (Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com)

Actor Mark Hamill reveals his time on the ‘Star Wars’ franchise is officially over.

In an interview with EW, the actor discussed why he is saying goodbye to the iconic Star Wars character but remains excited about the future of the franchise.

“Oh, I can’t imagine that, no,” Hamill tells EW exclusively about whether or not he’d consider playing in the Star Wars universe again if the situation was right. “I had a beginning, middle, and end. Those films gave me far more than I ever expected when we started out so it’s never even occurred to me. My farewell was in Episode IX and it was bittersweet. I love all those people and I certainly have affection for George and the character he created. I’m full of gratitude for what it has given me and my career but I don’t want to be greedy. There are still so many more stories to tell and so many great actors to tell them, they don’t need me.”

Hamill may have said his final farewell to Luke Skywalker and explains why the franchise’s change with the Disney+ series ‘The Mandalorian’ is a great idea.

“I think they have a wonderful advantage on The Mandalorian in that it’s economical storytelling. They don’t have the burden of delivering a gigantic special effects extravaganza like the films had to do,” he explains. “It sort of gets back to the basics of George envisioning it as a western in space. It has that tone of a Sergio Leone Western. I’m very impressed with it and to me, a very smart move on their part because you can’t keep trying to top…It’s like the superhero movies that have to deliver these gargantuan epics. And with The Mandalorian, they can concentrate more on the characters and the storytelling. I think it’s excellent.”

In relevant news, Taika Waititi to direct a new ‘Star Wars‘ movie.

Disney and Lucasfilm announced Taika Waititi will direct a new “Star Wars” movie, which he is writing with “1917” writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns.

The announcement confirms the news that broke in January which claimed Waititi was working on a new “Star Wars” movie, after directing the season finale of the Disney Plus series “The Mandalorian”.

At this time, it is unknown whether Waititi will direct a trilogy or if it is a separate project.

In a previous interview with Varietyafter winning the best-adapted screenplay Oscar for “Jojo Rabbit”, the director hinted at the possibility of making a “Star Wars” film.

“Are there discussions about the ‘Star Wars’ film? Like, yeah, I discussed with my friends in 1996 how cool ‘Star Wars’ was,” Waititi joked in February. “I think people see me hanging out with people, especially with ‘Star Wars,’ and think I’m having some big discussions about it. I would f—ing love to.…If it was right. I would want to do any kind of movie if it made sense, and if it felt not like career suicide.”

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