Mark Hamill bids farewell to his time with Star Wars through a heartfelt letter included in copies of the recently released Skywalker Saga 4K UHD Blu-ray box set. With The Rise of Skywalker marking the end of an era for the space opera franchise, the story of Luke Skywalker has officially come to an end. Despite its mixed reception, Luke’s journey humble farmhand to a hero of the revolution and a symbol of hope for a divided galaxy has reached its conclusion.
Hamill started by noting that when he was testing for his role in the original Star Wars, alongside Harrison Ford and the late Carrie Fisher in 1976, that “there’s no way we could have known what an incredibly rich and imaginative set of adventures this obscure little space movie would launch, inspire eight more chapters to tell the entire Skywalker story.”
Hamill has portrayed the character of Luke Skywalker throughout six Star Wars films. 40 years after his first onscreen appearance, the Star Wars protagonist remains to be an American icon.
Hamill expressed his gratitude towards the fandom by thanking for all the fans, those who have been along for the ride the entire 40 years and those who just discovered the saga.
“As Carrie once said, Star Wars is about family, and that is what we all have become — one giant community that shares the experience of these stories and the fundamental value they instill in us,” he wrote.
He concluded, “I am deeply thankful for all your continued enthusiasm and dedication to George’s faraway galaxy, which will continue to grow with new storytellers building an even bigger gallery, filled with heroes, villains, action, romance, and, of course, The Force.”
Read Hamill’s full letter below:
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) April 3, 2020