It was a mutual admiration society on Twitter as Peyton Reed, who directed The Mandalorian‘s Season 2 finale, and Star Wars icon Mark Hamill reflected fondly on their collaboration which got the pop culture watercooler a-bubbling on Dec. 18.
In the final moments of The Mandalorian‘s Season 2 finale (read recap here) — just when it looked the the good guys who had infiltrated Moff Gideon’s gentle cruiser, felled scores of strormtroopers and rescued Grogu would get unceremoniously mowed down by a platoon of Darkish Troopers — a lone X-Wing appeared outdoors. Its robed pilot boarded the cruiser, then proceeded to slice-n-dice Darkish Trooper after Darkish Trooper, utilizing a inexperienced lightsaber wielded by a gloved hand. When this Jedi arrived on the bridge the place Mando, the Little one and others had been hunkered down, he lifted again his hood to disclose the face of a circa-Return of the Jedi Luke Skywalker/Hamill.
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Reed, whose earlier directing credit embody the Ant-Man movies, tweeted out a manufacturing nonetheless of a younger Hamill on the New Hope set with Luke’s landspeeder. “When I was a kid, this photo hung on my bedroom wall. STAR WARS, and Luke Skywalker in particular, meant a great deal to me. Some things never change,” he wrote to Hamill on Friday afternoon. “It was an honor and a dream come true to work with you on @TheMandalorian. Thank you. #MTFBWY.”
Hamill replied again on Saturday, telling Reed, “I am so grateful to have been given the unexpected opportunity to revisit my character when he was still a symbol of hope & optimism. Your assured direction & kindness was a crucial element in the experience & means more to me than I can say. #ThankYOU.”
Hamill in fact reprised his function as the unique Star Wars trilogy’s Luke Skywalker within the third and last trio of movies, although that timeline discovered Luke as a grizzled, brooding Jedi grasp who was reluctant to coach wannabe Rey.
Hamill had beforehand directed his gratitude to Mandalorian exec producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, tweeting at yr’s finish, “Sometimes the greatest gifts are the most unexpected and something you never realized you wanted until it was given. #ThankYouJonAndDave.”
As Favreau revealed shortly after the season finale, Hamill was on set for the memorable sequence (although one other actor, Max Lloyd-Jones, was credited as Luke’s physique double). “To have Mark Hamill on set filming and us using whatever technology we had available to de-age him and make him look like he did in the old films” — and saved secret — was very particular, Favreau mentioned.
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