Mark Hamill wasn’t convinced a Star Trek guy like J.J. Abrams could suddenly convert into the director of a Star Wars movie, but he quickly found a lot of things to like about Abrams’ style. Of course, in the end, it’s not like Hamill had much of a choice.
According to ABC News, Mark Hamill was speaking before a giant crowd at the Star Wars Celebration for his return as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The 63-year-old Star Wars star joked about agreeing to do the role, saying, “It’s not like a choice. It’s like I was drafted.”
“Could you imagine if for some reason I said ‘I don’t think I want to do it?’ I would have all of you surrounding my house like villagers, angry villagers with lightsabers instead of torches.”
Mark Hamill explained that the new movie came as a real surprise, not only because of the new director.
According to Fox News, George Lucas invited Hamill out to lunch, which made his wife speculate that there was a new movie in the works. The actor initially laughed it off. Apparently, Lucas clearly said he was done making new Star Wars films after the prequels.
In the end, Hamill got quite a surprise, but George Lucas didn’t completely lie before. Unlike the prequels, Lucas will not be directing or writing Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Instead, J.J. Abrams will completely take the reigns.
Just that fact is quite a shock. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, director Christopher Nolan said he’d be afraid to touch the Star Wars franchise with its hordes of fanatical fans, even though he had enormous success with his Batman movies. Nolan semi-complimented Abrams for having the “colossal balls” to take on the project.
When talking about J.J. Abrams at the celebration, Mark Hamill joked, “I was a little suspicious because he was a ‘Star Trek’ guy.”
Hamill explained that he is a Star Trek fan, nevertheless, “It just seems odd.”
Despite his initial hesitation, the Star Wars veteran went to compliment J.J. Abrams for his inclusiveness, and for being a true fan of the original trilogy.
“He feels the way you feel in terms of wanting practical effects. Real sets.”
Mark Hamill’s talk likely upped fans’ expectations for the new films, if that’s even possible. The latest trailer still has the Internet buzzing, especially the fanfare behind Chewy and Han Solo’s small cameo. J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18, later this year.
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