A few weeks ago a promo spot for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released that featured Luke Skywalker stepping into the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon for the first time in over 30 years. It was very cool to see after all these years and today we have a new photo from EW to share with you along with an interview with Mark Hamill. In the interview, he talks about what it was like for him being back on the Millennium Falcon.
“I’m telling you, I didn’t expect to have the reaction I had. I was there with my family, with [my children] Nathan and Griffin and Chelsea and my wife Marilou, and [Lucasfilm] asked if the documentary crew could be there when I came back on the Millennium Falcon. I mean, this was not on the shooting day. I was just street clothes and going to visit that set. And I said, ‘Sure.’”
He goes on to explain how the experience overwhelmed him:
“It was sort of like visiting an old house that you lived in when you were a kid. I mean, I just welled up with emotion and I said, ‘I need to be by myself.’”
That reaction is totally understandable. Hell, the fans of Star Wars all burst into tears when the first trailer was released for The Force Awakens. There’s just so much emotion and nostalgia that surrounds this franchise. Hamill went on to say:
“They had recreated it down to every last detail that I remember. The oil drips, the hanging pipes, just everything. The dice in the cockpit.”
“All of this, happening to me again was… it’s hard to put into words. I figured when the prequels came out, plus a few years, people would forget about us. But it never really went away.”
Writer and director Rian Johnson goes on to say that Luke stepping onto the Millennium Falcon was one of the first days of shooting with Hamill:
“God, I remember so vividly getting that shot of him turning on the lights in the Falcon cockpit. And we all kind of looked at each other, just like, ‘Oh my God.”
He goes on to explain that it was more of an emotional scene, and not especially jubilant, saying:
“There’s a lot of melancholy. You know, that ship is just filled with ghosts for Luke.”
It’s going to be so awesome to see how this all plays out and see how the ghosts of Luke Skywalker’s past affect him throughout the course of this next chapter in the Star Wars saga.