George Lucas's advice for Star Wars films was ignored: Mark Hamill
The actor says George Lucas created an outline for a sequel trilogy, which was vastly different compared to the direction taken for the new sequels
Post the acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney, we now have an ongoing sequel trilogy, followed by anthology films, and another sequel trilogy that will introduce us to new characters in the Star Wars saga.
When Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, it was initially revealed that the brainchild behind the lore, George Lucas would serve as an advisor on the future films. However, that changed soon after Lucas's story treatments for a sequel trilogy were ignored for a new direction in the saga.
Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the Original Trilogy and the ongoing films, expressed his disappointment over Disney ignoring George Lucas's advice for the current films. "What I wish is that they had been more accepting of his guidance and advice. Because he had an outline for 7, 8, and 9. And it is vastly different to what they have done," the actor said.
Although he expressed his regret, Hamill did state Disney's decision paid off considering the stellar box office results of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One. "But then again, I don’t want to be an old stick in the mud. There were the originals. There are the prequels. And that’s all George. Now we have the next generation. And as far as I can see they are more popular than ever," he added.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has a huge star cast including, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro.