It seems Luke Skywalker’s three decade period between “Return of the Jedi” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was actually kind of boring.
In a new interview with Disney Insider, actor Mark Hamill revealed that Luke’s backstory is ‘not important’ in Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and that he had to come up with a bunch of his own backstory to flesh out the years in the wake of Vader & The Emperor’s death:
“The biggest challenge for me was actually in the time between Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I had to know what had happened to Luke during those years. I had to glean decades of backstory from the script. And some of it I had to make up for myself. I had to know what he went through during that time. It’s not important to the storyline for this film, but I did discuss some of my thoughts with [writer/director] Rian Johnson to make sure I wasn’t coming up with anything in my personal backstory that would affect Luke’s portrayal in this film.”
So no extended exposition scenes will be shown dealing with Luke’s seeming absence from the world. In fact in a separate interview with The Star Wars Show, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy explicitly says Johnson doesn’t answer all of the questions fans will have in the upcoming sequel:
“I think he [Johnson] has done an exceptional job of taking these new characters and some of the legacy characters and moving us to this next place. He doesn’t answer all the questions, I will say that up front. But there are certain questions he does answer in a really wonderfully provocative way, and I think there’ll be some surprises that people aren’t expecting.”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” arrives in cinemas on December 15th 2017.