3:46pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Mark Hamill on Latest 'Star Wars': It's "About the New Generation"
Fans might have been surprised not to see a glimpse of any of the original Star Wars cast in the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but for Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy, it was only fitting that they were nowhere to be found.
"This is about the new generation of characters; I think that's the most important thing," Hamill told Yahoo! Movies about the trailer's focus on John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac's characters. "It's the opening act of a whole new approach to the storytelling."
"I never thought I'd be involved in it again, period," he continued. "And then when George [Lucas] said that they wanted to do more, I rightly assumed that it wouldn't be our story, because we had a beginning, a middle and an end. [The new movies] must be our offspring and the current generation, with us there lending the kind of support that Peter Cushing and Alec Guinness did in the original."
There was some relief to pass the spotlight on to the next generation, he added. "I'm one of those people where I just think, 'Keep me out of it. I'll ruin it, I'm sure!' " he joked. "I'll show up and just ruin the whole thing."
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which also features Hamill's original trilogy co-stars Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, is scheduled for release Dec. 18, 2015.