Mark Hamill Raises Possibility of "Star Wars Fatigue" in Interview

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During The Hollywood Reporter's "Awards Chatter Podcast," the Luke Skywalker actor — and star of the new History Channel series 'Knightfall' — says that speculation about audiences' waning appetite for the franchise isn't off-base.

Nearly a year after Solo: A Star Wars Story became the franchise's first box office disappointment, Mark Hamill is saying that he believes in the possibility of "Star Wars fatigue" is real.

During the last few minutes of his "Awards Chatter" podcast with The Hollywood Reporter, which posted on Tuesday, Hamill responded to speculations that audiences are tired of new titles from the galaxy far, far away given the box office underperformance of Solo, which grossed almost $393 million worldwide against a budget of at least $250 million and multimillion-dollar marketing campaign. 

"Yes," Hamill said. "I'm not gonna tell them how to run their business, but is there a possibility of 'Star Wars fatigue'? Yeah, I think there is. I've experienced it, to a certain degree. But they never listen to my ideas anyway, so who needs 'em?"

When asked about the forthcoming Star Wars content for the Disney+ streaming service, which will include a seventh season of The Clone Wars, a series that previously aired on Cartoon Network and streamed on Netflix, Hamill responded, "They already have animation, with Clone Wars, Rebels and what's it called, The Mandalorian? that's a Jon Favreau TV series." Disney+'s Star Wars offerings, in addition to Clone Wars, will include the pre-Return of the Jedi drama series The Mandalorian and a Star Wars: Rogue One prequel.

Would Hamill consider voice-acting for any of these projects? (The actor is well-loved among Batman fans for his role as The Joker in several titles about the caped crusader, among other voice-acting credits.) "Well, again, make me an offer," he said.

In one other Star Wars moment at the end of the podcast, Hamill was asked for his favorite film in the franchise. The actor likened the question to picking his favorite child, but eventually gave a response: "I guess I'd probably have to go with Empire [Strikes Back], only because it was so unexpected to have the protagonist be so soundly defeated, losing the hand and the dad Vader, all of it was pretty unexpected. And it was so cerebral: Yoda is such an important addition to the mythology and I thought it was so clever of George, the concept of the Force, so that you could talk about religion and spirituality without making people uncomfortable. So for that alone."

Hamill is currently promoting his History Channel series Knightfall, which depicts the last years of the Knights Templar and stars Hamill as Talus. Listen to the whole audio below — Hamill's discussion of Star Wars fatigue begins around the 58:00 mark.