Star Wars: The Last Jedi will notably be Mark Hamill’s first official speaking return to the famous movie franchise since Return of the Jedi was released back in 1983.
But the Luke Skywalker that will appear in Episode VII almost wasn’t going to be the same one that was in The Force Awakens. That’s because in Return of the Jedi, Luke could see and in The Last Jedi, Luke was originally meant to be blind.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, director Rian Johnson looked at Mark Hamill and broke some news.
“Did I ever tell you that early on when I was trying to figure out the story for this,” he says, “I had a brief idea I was chasing where I was like, ‘What if Luke is blind? What if he’s, like, the blind samurai?’ But we didn’t do it. You’re welcome. Didn’t stick.”
Well, that would’ve been an interesting plot twist.
When confronted with the news, Hamill laughed and mentioned that him being on cliffs in the film may not have been safe.
Johnson also added that he contemplated this twist before Star Wars: Rogue One was released with a prominent blind character.
It’s also probably best that Johnson didn’t go through with it because, as Hamill notes in the interview, Luke’s storyline in The Last Jedi isn’t necessarily the happiest one.
“This is not a joyful story to tell,” Hamill says, “my portion of it.”
In fact, the two then mentioned they disagreed about Skywalker’s role in the film at first. Hamill straight up didn’t agree with how Johnson wrote his character’s storyline in the movie.
“We then started a conversation,” Johnson said. “We went back and forth, and after having to explain my version, I adjusted it. And I had to justify it to myself, and that ended up being incredibly useful. I felt very close to Mark by the end. Those early days of butting heads and then coming together, that process always brings you closer.”
Now imagine if Johnson decided to make Luke blind in the movie. That would’ve made for another storyline to possibly have to rework and rewrite.