Luke Skywalker has a bad feeling about this. Mark Hamill, the actor behind the iconic Jedi, is concerned that maybe there are too many Star Wars movies.
In an interview published on Thursday with Cinema Blend, Hamill confessed that he’s worried enthusiasm for Star Wars might burn out, at the rate Disney is making and releasing new movies. It took 28 years for the first six movies to come out, but Solo: A Star Wars Story will be the fourth film to premiere in less than four years. That’s a lot of Star Wars.
“I will say they should pace themselves, because you don’t want to over-saturate it,” Hamill told Cinema Blend. “I said to Disney, ‘Really? Five months after we come out, comes [Solo: A Star Wars Story]? Can’t you at least wait until Christmas?’ But they’ve got things booked - they’re doing Marvel and their own movies, so that’s beyond my [purview.]”
Disney probably isn’t too thrilled that Luke Skywalker keeps being a negative nancy about Star Wars, between this and Hamill’s earlier controversial comments about his dislike of the end of Luke’s story, but he has a point. What’s going to be key for Disney, Hamill noted, is to make sure that all the new Star Wars movies aren’t just more of the same. Here’s Hamill:
Well, there shouldn’t be [a limit to the storytelling], as it’s a canvas that’s so infinite. With the standalone films, they can all have their own identity. Rogue One can be gritty, and like a war film… I’m assuming, I don’t know, but I would assume that Solo will be more comedic-ly oriented because he’s a rogue, a scoundrel, and a gambler, and a womanizer and all those things. So I think the advantage of the standalone films is that they don’t have to follow the formula of a trilogy, so they can establish their premise, get it on, get it done and get out leaving the audience wanting more. So there’s infinite possibilities.
The next Star Wars movie, Solo, opens on May 25. Then Episode IX hits theaters on December 20, 2019. Then there will probably be a new Star Wars movie every year until the heat death of the universe.