Mark Hamill reveals the fate George Lucas originally intended for Luke Skywalker

Giveaway: Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Blu-ray

Regardless of Luke's ascendance into the Force at the end of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, this story arc could have still been accomplished in Episode IX by means of having Luke serve as a Force Ghost to help guide Leia from beyond.

"I happen to know that George didn't kill Luke until the end of [episode] nine, after he trained Leia", Hamill said.

Creatively and commercially, the Star Wars series hasn't missed a beat since it passed from the hands of its creator, George Lucas, to a new generation of filmmakers who grew up immersed in the adventures of that far, far away galaxy.

Luke did train Leia as a Jedi in the Expanded Universe, but this is the first confirmation it would've made it into the movies, along with the news that the ninth instalment would've seen him killed off - something Johnson ultimately (and controversially) chose to do in Episode VIII.

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George Lucas' Original Ending for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Revealed

Hamill didn't give any specifics about how Luke would die in Lucas' version, likely because they weren't entirely worked out.

Fans of the hit franchise where left confused and shocked when Leia somehow managed to use the Force in "The Last Jedi" to save herself from certain death, despite never showing any signs of being able to use it in the original trilogy. You run and hand the torch off to the next guy, he picks it up and goes. "Whoever's on-board gets to play with the life-size action figures that we all are". The actor mentioned that Lucas wanted this to happen in a film in 2011 - just four years from when Luke actually returned in 2015's The Force Awakens. However, it seems as though George Lucas would have made similarly massive decisions if he'd made the sequel trilogy.

Episode IX is set to arrive in theaters on May 24, 2019.

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