[The following article contains massive spoilers from The Mandalorian Season 2 finale.]
The Mandalorian Season 2 is gone war of stars Fans fluctuate with the feats they’d accomplished, especially the finale that saw Mark Hamill’s legendary Jedi master Luke Skywalker stuck with the cameo. But unlike the leaks on Rosario Dawson’s debut as Ahsoka Tano, apart from speculation about the Jedi who would save Baby Grogu, there was no indication that the actor was ready to repeat his role. In fact, Hamill is shocked that although he had been preparing to appear on the show for over a year, he hasn’t been spoiled by previous leaks.
Long before Disney + accidentally released the news that Rosario Dawson had been selected to play the first live-action appearance of former Jedi Ahsoka Tano on the series, the rumor houses were churned with the myriad of leaks her casting confirmed. But in the case of Mark Hamill, who revived the beloved character of Luke Skywalker, there wasn’t even a whisper of the possibility that it would happen.
Since Luke Skywalker’s entry into The Mandalorian was very likely, many had theorized how the character would be re-cast and a young actor would play the role, since not only was the process of digital de-aging Hamill costly and difficult, but also himself strongly denied the chance that he would reproduce the character. It turned out that keeping the big news under wraps was a trick, and it worked!
“The fact that we have been able to keep my participation a secret for over a year with no leaks is nothing short of a miracle.” Mark Hamill tweeted on Saturday. “A real triumph for spoiler haters everywhere!”
The season finale of The Mandalorian saw Luke Skywalker slicing through the menacing Dark Troopers in Darth Vader style, wiping away Baby Grogu to give him the training he needs to properly channel his powers. Contrary to many reports that the entire sequence, starting with Luke entering Moff Gideon’s ship to say goodbye to Baby Grogu, was actually played by actor Max Lloyd-Jones with Hamill’s CGI face, it wasn’t all him.
Yes, the episode Credits lists actor Max Lloyd-Jones as a replacement for Luke, as Jon Favreau has confirmed Good morning America that Hamill not only voiced his voice for Luke, but was also on set to film his cameo, after which his face was aged using VFX technology.
“We started the whole series with the Baby Yoda reveal – the Grogu reveal – that was a secret that everyone was really excited about. Part of that is not telling too many people not to have goods that edited and announced and everything and then the very last episode where Mark Hamill is actually filming on set and we are using the technology we had available to age him and make him look like he did in the old ones Did filming. “
While providing no further explanation, it can be concluded that Lloyd-Jones probably came to play the badass action sequence before Luke faced Grogu. While the CGI Jedi wasn’t perfect, it was still a pleasure to see Mark Hamill repeat his iconic role. You can check out Favreau’s full chat with GMA Here.
Topics: The Mandalorian, Star Wars, Disney Plus, Streaming