Luke Skywalker will always be a crucial component to the world of Star Wars. The character was the original protagonist in the 1977 film that kickstarted the entire sprawling franchise and his presence continues to be felt in the series all the way up to his surprising reveal in The Mandalorian‘s Season 2 finale. There will always be a place for the son of Anakin Skywalker when it comes to more Star Wars stories, and we have gotten a hold of some exclusive information that says the Jedi Master is once again poised to play a pivotal role in the franchise’s future.
According to our trusted inside source – the same one that has provided Giant Freakin Robot with multiple confirmed exclusive scoops that have included Bruce Campbell appearing for a cameo in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Chloe Bennet returning as Quake for a new Marvel series – Luke Skywalker is going to get his own solo series over on the streaming service Disney+. The plan is to set the show during some point after Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. We could not confirm exactly when this would be in relation to what we have seen in The Mandalorian so far, or if this series would be an extension of whatever we end up seeing of Luke in The Mandalorian Season 3. All we know is that it will take place sometime between Return of the Jedi and Luke’s decision to exile himself to the planet of Ahch-To.
This period of Luke Skywalker’s life was thoroughly examined in the now-defunct Expanded Universe, so it will be interesting to see if this proposed series will try and pull any storylines from those novels. Disney has made it clear that they are okay with taking characters and ideas that originated in the Expanded Universe and putting them into the official canon. They have done this with Grand Admiral Thrawn and the Dark Troopers. There are certainly plenty of potential plots and characters that would make sense in a series that centered around Luke Skywalker. Perhaps this will be how Disney finally integrates fan-favorite character Mara Jade into the legitimate canon of Star Wars.
There is certainly plenty of ground to cover between where we left Luke Skywalker at the end of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi and what we learned about his journey in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens and Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi. The establishment of his new Jedi Temple has yet to be fully explored, so we are guessing that this new Disney+ series would be focusing on how he founded that, some of the relationships he had with his students, and possibly even show us more of the story between him and Ben Solo a.k.a. Kylo Ren. The sky is the limit as far as this era of the Star Wars universe is concerned.
Will this mean recasting Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker? Could fans finally see Sebastian Stan in the role? Or will Disney commit to a deepfake de-aging process for an entire series? We will be following this story very closely.