Fans who thought Luke Skywalker is gone forever will be happy to learn it's not gonna be the case. Mark Hamill reprises the role in a short.
One Last Hurrah
Hamill voices a young version of his most iconic character in a new Star Wars Forces Of Destiny short. The animated series is currently playing on Disney's YouTube channel.
Luke Skywalker went out in a blaze of glory in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Fans were devastated by the loss of the character following Han Solo's untimely demise in predecessor The Force Awakens, and the real-life loss of Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher.
They can dry their eyes somehow, taking solace in the fact that Hamill returns as Luke Skywalker one last time for "The Path Ahead." In the short, Skywalker is still being trained to be a Jedi master by Yoda in Dagobah. The time period should be around The Empire Strikes Back.
Luke learns an important lesson about the Force in the typically unconventional Yoda way after climbing to the tops of some trees and attempting to navigate without falling down. This is fairly similar to the first lesson given to Rey in The Last Jedi.
"Struggling with his Jedi training, Luke is grateful for master Yoda's offer to join him on a sojourn through the trees and swamps of Dagobah, until he learns that Yoda will be riding in his backpack! Minding Yoda, Luke learns to trust what he feels instead of what he thinks he sees," reads the description for the episode.
Although Skywalker has been killed off in the series, there's still a chance he may return as a so-called "Force Ghost" in J.J. Abrams's untitled Star Wars Episode IX.
The final chapter in the new trilogy should tie up everything that began in The Force Awakens. Hamill recently joked it was up to Abrams whether or not Skywalker will be featured in the next movie.
Fleshing Out The Story
Fellow cast members Daisy Ridley, Felicity Jones, John Boyega, and Lupita Nyong'o all also lend their voices to Star Wars: Forces of Destiny.
The series, now in its second season, showcases the never-before-seen moments from the billion-dollar franchise's vast canon. It features all the fan-favorite characters that could never happen in the movies such as Rogue One hero Jyn Erso joining forces with Sabine Wren from Star Wars Rebels.
This latest short fleshes out a beloved character whose trajectory from simple farm boy to Jedi master hasn't always been clear. It also gives fans something to assuage the pain of losing Luke Skywalker possibly forever in the movies.
Hamill is a successful voice actor in his own right, most memorably playing as The Joker several times over in the hugely popular Batman: The Animated Series.