Mark Hamill in 1983 Discusses a Possible Episode VII in “2011”

November 1, 2014 – Two observations today: First, Mark Hamill (born 25 September 1951), age 63, is now the same age as the late Alec Guiness was in the first Star Wars film (1977).

Time marches on: Mark Hamill (2014) and Alec Guiness (1977)  at age 63.

Time marches on: Mark Hamill (2014) and Alec Guiness (1977) at age 63.

Second, George Lucas had the prescience (and temerity) to predict that there might be a future Star Wars film – over 30 years after the original movie – when a much older Luke Skywalker passes the torch (or lightsaber, so to speak) to a successor. In this short clip filmed in 1983, Mark Hamill tells the interviewer what Lucas told him: “Would you consider playing an Obi-Wan-type character handing Ex-Calibur down to the next generation?” Lucas had told Hamill this might happen around the turn of the century, or 2011 to be more precise. Remarkable how quickly “the future of Star Wars” has arrived.

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