Luke Skywalker Now Thinks the Force Is Strong with J.J. Abrams

Or, How Abrams Put the Band Back Together

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There were tears, cheers, and probably a few beers (purchased from Chalmun’s Cantina in Mos Eisley, no less) on display when Disney, Lucasfilm, and Bad Robot allowed fans at the annual Star Wars Celebration trade show to catch a real glimpse into the new world concocted by one J.J. Abrams.

In order for the Star Wars universe to accept Abrams’ vision, there had to be buy-in from the original cast: Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker).

Rumor held that the first two got on-board immediately, but Hamill was reticent. In fact, he was close to doubtful, as we discover in this AP story via Yahoo News.

“It’s not like a choice. It’s like I was drafted,” Hamill told a massive crowd Saturday night at Star Wars Celebration of his decision to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

“Could you imagine if for some reason I said ‘I don’t think I want to do it?’ I would have all of you surrounding my house like villagers, angry villagers with lightsabers instead of torches,” joked the 63-year-old “Star Wars” veteran.

(BTW, want to really feel old? Think back to “Star Wars:  A New Hope” [the original movie in 1977]. Luke is today the same age as Obi-Wan was when that movie was released.)

jj-abramsSome of the sci-fi nerds…enthusiasts probably would have pillaged his home, but others would have checked out immediately if Luke wasn’t down with the new trilogy. And can you blame him?

“I was a little suspicious because he was a ‘Star Trek’ guy,” said Hamill, laughing.

After a few lunches and calls between the two, Abrams almost had Hamill convinced that he could be trusted with the historic movie experience. Although the movie takes place in a galaxy far, far away, Hamill would have stayed there without his old running buddies.

“When I thought about it, my first thought: Don’t try and toy with this. I wouldn’t go back if it wasn’t right. Perspective gives you scope. But George always envisioned this going a long time and the characters aging. I wouldn’t have this though unless Harrison and Carrie were involved.”

They were. He is. And now, the moons of Andor are aligned. And before we get to the new trailer, it’s important to note some history as there’s a very familiar tone in the trailer.

To help, remember this scene from “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi?”

And now time to blow your mind. SPOILER ALERT: It’s Luke again. Cue chill bumps and nerd humor…

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