A Luke Skywalker Prequel Should Happen With This Actor
With “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” revealing more about what Luke Skywalker has been up to since “Return of the Jedi,” it’s almost certain fans will have questions after the film’s credits roll. Even if his past is explained in detail, I personally would be yearning for more and hoping to see some of the EU (now in legend status) playing out on the big screen.
With Mark Hamill being much older, the possibilities of a Luke Skywalker filler between episodes VI and VII seemed hopeless. Then a picture of young Hamill next to Sebastian Stan (“Captain America: Civil War”) went viral and we saw an actor that shared an uncanny resemblance to a young Hamill. He’s already under the Disney umbrella with a nine picture deal in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, instead of just playing the Winter Soldier, could Sebastian Stan also take on the role of Luke Skywalker?
Anyone other than Mark Hamill playing the role would almost seem sacrilegious to an avid Star Wars fan, but rather than using facial CGI motion capture like they did with Carrie Fisher in “Rogue One” or canning the idea altogether, we could have a proven actor that could be made to look just like Mark Hamill in his youth.
Just imagine being able to have a second chance to see Luke Skywalker explored during his development into a master Jedi. What if we got the chance to see a live-action Mara Jade incorporated back into canon? The possibilities are endless.
Unfortunately, the likelihood of this happening is very slim. While Sebastian Stan is under the Disney umbrella, his nine picture deal leaves him with little time for filming. He would also have to renegotiate his contract. Additionally, Disney has jumped on filling up their Star Wars slate with a Han Solo prequel trilogy alongside the sequels and a number of other rumoured films. To get things moving with a Luke Skywalker prequel, Disney would have to already be in talks or fast track the project.
In my opinion, I feel like this is going to be a missed opportunity to capitalise on a fan base that has remained actively interested in Star Wars because of the Expanded Universe. It’s not only an opportunity to explore Luke Skywalker further, but fill that void that was lost with the status change of the EU. I think that Sebastian Stan could be our “New Hope.”