Attention, big spoilers follow for the season finale of "Star Wars: The Mandalorian"... which ends with a bang. One of the most popular and well-known Jedi is back: Luke. And he was played again by Mark Hamill, at least partially...
Ok, strictly speaking, the finale of the second season of "The Mandalorian" ends with two bangs - but while "Star Wars" fans are still puzzled as to whether "The Book Of Boba Fett," announced for December 2021, will be the third season of "Mandalorian" or an additional series that will be released almost simultaneously, there's no doubt about the other bang:
Luke Skywalker is back – and it seems that Mark Hamill has been digitally rejuvenated for it.
For "Star Wars" fans the final act of the new episode was a long, very exciting "There's not really ... prelude: Din Djarin and his mates are threatened by deadly Dark Troopers who threaten to break through the door at any moment. It looks bad, after all, we have been able to testify beforehand that Din Djarin already had his dear trouble with only one of the troopers.
Then an X-Wing rushes to the rescue, from which a cowled figure rises. Fans notice that her right hand is in a black glove. The figure sabers through the Dark Trooper sword with a green lightsaber, as if they were paltry combat droids. "It doesn't really come... Luke Skywalker?". But.
OF COURSE, IT'S LUKE
"The Mandalorian" takes place five years after "Star Wars 6: The Return of the Jedi," in which Luke Skywalker redeemed his father Anakin Skywalker and contributed significantly to the overthrow of the Empire. Ahsoka had sent Grogu to the Jedi planet Tython to make contact with a Jedi who could train him.
Who better to train Grogu than Luke Skywalker, who even managed to pull the good out of Darth Vader? Especially since there aren't many Jedi in the galaxy anymore. So in terms of content, it makes a lot of sense that it is Luke who comes to the rescue.
But "The Return of the Jedi" was filmed in the early 1980s and the second season of "The Mandalorian" about 40 years later. Mark Hamill is now in his late sixties – and still, playing a young man again?
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Max Lloyd-Jones and the stunt double Matt Rugetti were used for the fight scenes in which the veiled Luke smashes the droids.
In the end credits of the episode, however, Mark Hamill is also explicitly mentioned, which is why it can be assumed that there were any recordings of him. He might at least have played Luke in the scene in which Grogu says goodbye to Din Djarin to go to training with him. But even if there was a double onset in this scene:
Hamill's face was rejuvenated on the computer and subsequently inserted into the recordings – a technique also used in "Captain Marvel" or in the Netflix gangster movie "The Irishman".
Digital rejuvenation is very complex, extremely expensive, but is increasingly used in Hollywood. In "Captain Marvel," Samuel L. Jackson, who was in his 70s, played a man nearly 30 years younger - in Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman," it was Robert DeNiro, among others, who got digital makeup.
Also in "Star Wars" several characters have been rejuvenated by trickery:
The nasty Tarkin from "Rogue One," for example, had a computer face modeled after Peter Cushing, the Tarkin actor from "Star Wars 4: A New Hope," who died at the time of filming. Also in "Rogue One," actress Ingvild Deila's face has been transformed into the face of a young Carrie Fisher for a small scene - and the flashback of "Star Wars 9: The Rise of Skywalker" stars young siblings Luke and Leia in the training match, played by doubles whose faces are old shots of Hamill and Fisher.
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Fun Fact as a throwaway: The "Mandalorian"-Luke is spoken in the German version by the voice actor Jan Sebastian Makino, who is known as the voice of Kyle Broflovski from "South Park". His father is Hans-Georg Panczak – the original German voice of Luke Skywalker.