If you were hoping that Mark Hamill would offer any clues as to Luke Skywalker’s whereabouts in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and his role in the hotly-anticipated blockbuster, then I’m afraid you’re out of luck. Hamill has revealed to PC Gamer that he’s under a strict non-disclosure agreement, but he’s used to keeping Star Wars secrets, going back to his days on The Empire Strikes Back.
“It’s crazy though, this NDA stuff, people don’t know. Non-Disclosure Agreements, where you’re not allowed to talk about anything. I have something coming out where there’s an amount of money where if it leaks because of me, I don’t get that payment. If I keep it a secret until the day it comes out, I get that payment. I’m good about keeping secrets.
“I’m proud of the fact that I knew a year and a half before anybody else that he was actually Dad Vader. I didn’t tell Harrison, or my wife because I thought it would be terrible if she said ‘You know what…’ to a fan and it got out. Irvin Kershner (director of The Empire Strike Back) said ‘I know something, I’m going to tell you. George knows, I know, and now I’m going to tell you and if it leaks we’ll know it’s you.’ Because the line originally was ‘You don’t know the truth, Obi Wan killed your father,’ and he said we’re going to take out that line and put it in ‘I am your father.’
“I thought well first of all if Sir Alec Guinness is the real villain that’s a pretty good twist in and of itself, but this is even better. Couldn’t believe it, I was so excited. Just a mind-boggling plot twist. I still remember when we saw the first screening, Harrison turned to me and said ‘You never told me that.’ I said ‘I know, but I would have gotten in trouble if I told you.’ Now it’s happening all over again, I’m not even authorized to tell you I’m in Episode VII. It’s all secret.”
So, what secret could he be keeping? That Luke has fallen to the Dark Side and is now a Sith Lord? That he’s already dead and will only appear as a Force Ghost? Personally, my money would be on the fact that Luke is Rey’s father (and Kylo Ren’s uncle), but we’ll find out for sure in less than a month…
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 17th in the UK and December 18th in the States and sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), in addition to Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Ken Leung (Lost), Miltos Yerolemou (Game of Thrones), Max von Sydow (The Exorcist), Jessica Henwick (Spirit Warriors), Christina Chong (24: Live Another Day), Simon Pegg (Star Trek) and newcomers Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen.