The Mandalorian has only just proven how Mark Hamill would have to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. Another of the greatest and finest revelations of the Disney Star Wars period was Hamill’s Luke’s appearance in The Mandalorian season 2. Inside a sequence that seemed both greater than the program and completely in line with (and in support of) its plot, the Jedi arrived and took Grogu off for instruction.
It’s still amazing and weird that Hamill resurfaced as Luke (thanks to de-ageing tech). However, fact that Lucasfilm was able to keep this from circulating with the other summoning announcements, like as Temuera Morrison’s hiring as Boba Fett and Rosario Dawson’s casting as Ahsoka Tano, due in part to tactics like mock-up pictures and visual effects portraying Plo Koon’s head on Luke’s body, says a lot.
However, not everyone was pleased with Hamill’s return, with several claiming that the actor’s look was uncanny abyss (in particular, the way his mouth didn’t exactly sync) and also that the character should have been replaced (with, say, Sebastian Stan).
It is indeed clear that now the consequences for Hamill’s return are really not flawless, and that’s because he was called back for a reason. Simultaneously moment, it’s evident that now the exchange was very well worth it for what having Hamill back means, as seen by Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Mandalorian season 2, episode 2, “Making of Season 2 Finale.” The chapter delves into what it took to get Hamill back as Luke, as well as the significance of his comeback. The most important conclusion is that Hamill as Luke Skywalker, so any return without him wouldn’t even have felt so right, even if it had looked much better.
It seems to be apparent that perhaps the show’s creators, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, prioritized getting Hamill back. Both have high regard again for character and the role he has portrayed for over four decades. Even though he’s not the man who portrayed Luke in the finished piece, Hamill’s presence on set, executing the motions and words, and coaching stand-in Max Lloyd-Jones how and where to play Luke were crucial in establishing the character’s comeback and ensuring audiences had seen the Jedi Master, not a weak copy.
Furthermore, Hamill’s reintroduction to the role of Luke was an extremely emotional event for all concerned. That was for those involved with the production of the program, as well as the actor personally, who believed his chances of portraying the role at his best were long gone. But, as the documentary demonstrates, such sentiments are not isolated. The echo throughout it all else, thus the construct to Luke’s appearance results in an increase in emotion when he appears. Because it is so Hamill (at least in part, if not in spirit), it’s safe to assume that the soul and heart of Luke Skywalker are on display.
The de-aging and graphics for Luke/Hamill aren’t flawless, but the emotion and mood are, and that is much more essential in this scenario. That arises with Hamill returning and participating in it, and what it meant to him and others involved in its creation since spectators get to partake in all of that as well, and that’s a unique collective experience between actor, crew, and supporters that help the plot but has far-reaching implications. A mere digital reproduction or reimagining would not do this. While Hamill’s performance in The Mandalorian was just not flawless, it’s still stronger than many Star Wars fans could have imagined.