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Mark Hamill recalls his pitch to have his mother turn out to be Boba Fett in Return of the Jedi

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Nov 16, 2018

The reveal that Darth Vader was Luke Skywalker's father near the end of The Empire Strikes Back is one of the all-time great moments in the Star Wars trilogy -- if not all of cinematic history.

Naturally, there were some who thought that to really bring it home for the third installment, Return of the Jedi, they needed an even bigger surprise to blow audiences' minds. One of those people was the man behind Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill

Recently on Twitter, Hamill responded to the Star Wars podcast Tatooine Sons asking if there was truth behind the rumor that bounty hunter Boba Fett would be revealed as Luke's mother. Turns out, it was true. And it was his idea.

This would mean if Hamill had gotten his way, not only would Fett have been unmasked to reveal Mama Skywalker, but she would've been secretly working for the Rebel Alliance the entire time. Which... would have been one heck of a plot twist, you have to admit.

Obviously, none of this came to pass, so the big reveal in Jedi was that Leia was actually Luke's sister. This solved the love triangle problem between them and Han Solo, but created the much bigger problem of Luke and Leia's numerous interactions in the first two films. Anyway, Han ended up getting the girl and knocking Boba Fett into the sarlacc pit while he was still blinded from hibernation sickness.

This could all be Hamill having a little bit of fun, of course, but assuming it's true it's fun to imagine how that particular conversation would've gone.

Speaking of Star Wars trilogies, we're just over a year away from the conclusion of the Skywalker Saga, when the still-untitled Star Wars: Episode IX hits theaters in December 2019.

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