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Mark Hamill jokes that maybe Luke’s still alive — and naked — at the end of The Last Jedi

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Dec 17, 2018, 4:00 PM EST (Updated)

Did Luke really die at the end of The Last Jedi? Mark Hamill’s hoping there’s a decidedly more outrageous explanation for why he left his Jedi robes in a floor pile at his hermit sanctuary of Ahch-To. Rather than following in his predecessors’ footsteps to become a Force ghost, maybe Luke just went au naturel and decided to warp someplace where he could frolic in the buff.

Speaking to the BBC for the recent J.J. Abrams-hosted Oscar Wilde Awards, Hamill joked that his take on Luke's fate leaves him very much alive ... and naked. ”I refuse to believe that he's gone,” Hamill said. “My theory is he just teleported to somewhere else and left his robe behind. He teleported to a nudist colony, that's what I'm hoping.”

Funny guy, sure, but there’s got to be at least a little bit of truth to Hamill’s wish that Luke hasn’t quite exited the stage for real. Hamill hasn’t been shy about letting it be known he’d like the Skywalker saga to give its namesake a little more opportunity for closure in Episode IX.

Hamill used a similar “I think he transported” line back when the film was released in December of 2017, telling Entertainment Weekly he was “still in denial” that Luke might really be gone, and that his first reaction to director Rian Johnson after reading the script was “Can’t you wait and do this in Episode IX?”

If he does appear in the ninth and final installment, Hamill wouldn’t be working with Johnson; rather, he’d be back with Abrams, who directed Skywalker’s dramatic wordless appearance at the very end of The Force Awakens. And if he does show up, whether as a Force ghost or a real-life Jedi master, it’s a pretty safe bet his body will be appropriately covered in Disney-approved garb.

As for The Last Jedi, the film received four Academy Award nominations this year — but went home without a statue at the Oscars’ 90th ceremony. The movie’s showing marks the Star Wars franchise’s 37th year without earning an Oscar since The Empire Strikes Back picked up a win for best sound mixing in 1981.

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