Mark Hamill and J.J. Abrams talk evil Luke Skywalker -- 10 years ago!

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Dec 17, 2018, 5:00 PM EST (Updated)

Did Mark Hamill predict Luke's rumored character arc in Star Wars: The Force Awakens a decade ago? This post might contain spoilers ...

As we all know by now, there is one thing missing from the latest (and presumably final) trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and that is any sign of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker. While we don't know why Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams have yet to reveal an official image of Hamill as Luke, one of the biggest rumors buzzing around the interwebs is that everyone's favorite Jedi Knight has gone over to the dark side of the Force.

Interestingly, this is an idea that Hamill, himself, had at one point and even pitched to George Lucas. He recounted the story on a 2005 episode of the old IFC series Dinner for Five, where he told it to -- of all people -- J.J. Abrams (via Collider):

“As an actor that would be more fun to play. I just thought that’s the way it was going from when we finished [Empire Strikes Back] . . . I’ll have to come back, but it will be I have Han Solo in my crosshairs, and I’ll be about to kill him or about to kill the Princess or about to kill somebody that we care about. It’s an old cornball movie, like World War II movies."

Did the comments that Hamill made 10 years ago linger in J.J. Abrams' mind and bear fruit when it came time to create the story for Episode VII? Is this just a coincidence, or could all those rumors about Luke and his current relationship with the Force actually be true?

We'll find out when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on Dec. 18. In the meantime, watch the Dinner for Five episode with Hamill and Abrams below (Hamill's comments start at 12:09).