Fans want Sebastian Stan to be the next Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise, but how likely are the chances?
Sebastian Stan reveals he hasn’t discussed becoming a part of Star Wars, and potentially replacing the legendary Mark Hamill as younger Luke Skywalker, but the Winter Soldier actor from the Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t ruling out taking the mantle of the iconic character that he believes you best not mess up.
On Good Morning America in 2017, the Star Wars legend was questioned about a new actor taking on the role in live-action. Hamill remarked Stan is “way too handsome” to embody the farmboy-turned-Jedi before suggesting The Falcon and the Winter Soldier star “doesn’t need” his permission to be Disney and Lucasfilm’s next Luke Skywalker.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 30, 2017
Meanwhile, Stan told MTV Asia:
I always certainly hear about [Luke Skywalker rumors] and I’m always slightly confused because I’m like if there are these conversations happening, why isn’t anybody calling me about it and having a conversation with me about it?
Like anybody, I grew up on Star Wars, and for me, Empire Strikes Back was like one of my favorite movies. And Mark Hamill is one of the most iconic personalities and Luke Skywalker’s an iconic character, so obviously, it doesn’t sound like it’s my choice. It doesn’t feel like it’s up to me. Whatever that needs to be will sort itself out, and if it includes me in any way, hey — who knows.
When pressed if he’d like to become Luke Skywalker, Stan stated he’s “grateful” fans see him in the position and that he’s often pondered what transpired with Luke when Return of the Jedi ended.
Like where does he go, what happens to him? I think those questions would be really interesting. And of course, it’s another one of those things where you’re like, ‘Well, you don’t want to f— up that character. You want to get that one right.’ (laughs) But anyway, we’ll see.
When Stan reappeared on GMA in March to promote his new Disney+ series, he mentioned he would take the Luke Skywalker speculations seriously only if Mark Hamill directly calls him to tell him he’s interested in sharing this role with him. On Twitter, Hamill assured fans he carries no say in casting choices at Lucasfilm.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) September 24, 2017
After playing an elderly Luke in all three installments of the sequel, a de-aged Hamill and body double Max Lloyd-Jones portrayed a younger Luke in the Season 2 finale of the first live-action series in the Star Wars franchise, The Mandalorian. The show is currently set half a decade after Return of the Jedi, which was released in 1983.
During his 2017 visit to Good Morning America, Hamill said:
[Pictures online] morphed us together and I thought, ‘Oh, that is kind of spooky.’ But he’s a wonderful actor.
The 69-year-old continued:
People say, ‘Will you support him to be the young Luke Skywalker when they make those movies?’ I thought, ‘He doesn’t need me. He’s an accomplished enough actor to get it on his own, and I shouldn’t put my thumb on the scale because it’s not my choice.’ It’s Disney and Lucasfilm’s [choice]. I don’t want to cut short any other potential Lukes.
But, as Hamill added he’d love to join forces with him. In fact, he’d love to play his father someday.