The Mandalorian has been surprisingly good at keeping secrets. Sure most of us knew that Ahsoka Tano was coming and that she’d be played by Rosario Dawson and that Katee Sackhoff was going to play a live-action version of her Bo-Katan character. But the whole Luke Skywalker thing as a total shock to just about everyone in the best way possible. It was also a bit of a childhood dream come true for Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed. The man who directed two episodes in the season including the finale took to Twitter to show a picture of a young Luke Skywalker and to say to Mark Hamill:
“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. It was an honor and a dream come true to work with you on The Mandalorian. Thank you.”
Hamill, for his part, responded with:
“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. Thank you.”
I am so grateful to have been given the unexpected opportunity to revisit my character when he was still a symbol of hope & optimism.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) January 16, 2021
Hamill has shown that he wasn’t exactly pleased with the ending for his iconic character, but like many fans, he seems to really have enjoyed bringing the Return of the Jedi era version of his Jedi back to life for at least a few minutes.