Star Wars Pin-up #37 FRAMED Luke Skywalker Return of the Jedi


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Return of the Jedi (later retitled Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi) is a 1983 American epic space opera film directed by Richard Marquand and written by George Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan, with Lucas as executive producer. It is the third film released in the Star Wars franchise and the first film to use THX technology. The film is set one year after The Empire Strikes Back and was produced by Howard Kazanjian and Lucasfilm Ltd. The film stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew and Frank Oz.

The title Return of the Jedi refers to the redemption of Luke’s father Anakin Skywalker; a Jedi who fell to the dark side of the force. The evil Galactic Empire, under the direction of the ruthless Emperor Palpatine, is constructing a second Death Star in order to crush the Rebel Alliance. Since Palpatine plans to personally oversee the final stages of its construction, the Rebel Fleet launches a full-scale attack on the Death Star in order to prevent its completion and kill Palpatine, effectively bringing an end to the Empire once and for all. Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker, the Rebel leader and Jedi Apprentice, struggles to bring Darth Vader, who is his father Anakin and himself a fallen Jedi, back from the Dark Side of the Force.

In Return of the Jedi, Luke Skywalker is now a Jedi Knight and has constructed his own lightsaber.

He helps Leia Organa, the droids C-3PO and R2-D2, and Lando Calrissian save Han Solo from gangster Jabba the Hutt. Luke offers to negotiate with Jabba, but instead is forced to fight a fearsome monster known as the Rancor. When Luke kills it, Jabba sentences him to be thrown into The Pit of Carkoon to be eaten by the Sarlacc. Luke escapes with R2-D2’s help, saving his friends and destroying Jabba’s barge, with the aid of his new lightsaber.

During his return trip to Dagobah, Luke learns from Yoda that Darth Vader is indeed his father, and from Ben Kenobi’s spirit that he has a twin, which Luke immediately realizes is Leia. Ben warns him that his instincts “Do him credit, but could be made to serve the Emperor”. Yoda tells Luke that although he requires no further training, he will not truly be a Jedi until he confronts his father. Luke insists that there is still good left in Vader, and pledges to bring him back from the dark side. Ben, however, believes that Vader has completely consumed Luke’s father, and must be destroyed in order to defeat the Empire.

Arriving on Endor as part of a Rebel commando squad, Luke surrenders to Vader in an attempt to bring his father back from the dark side of the Force. Vader rebuffs his entreaties and brings Luke to the second Death Star in orbit around Endor. Emperor Palpatine attempts to turn Luke to the dark side with promises to save his friends from certain death. When that fails, the Emperor goads Luke to strike him down to save the Rebels’s losing battle with the Empire and over the forest moon of Endor. Luke momentarily lashes out in anger but Vader blocks his strike, and father and son face each other again in a final duel. Luke keeps his emotions under control until Vader senses Luke’s feelings for his sister and threatens to turn her instead. At this threat, Luke snaps and attacks with full fury. Vader loses ground as Luke lands blow after blow; Luke knocks Vader to the ground and severs his father’s mechanical right hand, in a reversal of the battle from the previous film. With the Emperor ordering Luke to strike Vader down and take his place, Luke glances at his own bionic hand and realizes he is on the verge of suffering his father’s fate. Luke regains composure, deactivates his lightsaber and throws it away, proudly declaring his allegiance to the Jedi.

Enraged, the Emperor attacks Luke with Force lightning, nearly killing him. When Luke calls out to Vader for help, his father becomes Anakin Skywalker once again then seizes and throws the Emperor to his death down a reactor shaft but is mortally wounded by the Emperor’s lightning in the process. As Rebel fighters race toward the Death Star’s main reactor, Luke removes Vader’s mask and looks upon Anakin’s eyes for the first time. Anakin assures Luke that there is good in him after all before his redeemed father dies. On Endor, Luke burns his father’s armor on a funeral pyre (a Jedi tradition). During the Rebel’s victory celebrations on Endor, Luke sees the smiling spirits of Ben, Yoda and Anakin.

Mark Richard Hamill (born September 25, 1951) is an American actor and filmmaker. He is best known for portraying the hero Luke Skywalker in the 1977 film Star Wars and its two sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. In recent decades he has become a prolific voice actor, most notably as The Joker in a number of Batman cartoons and video games (beginning with Batman: The Animated Series in 1992).

Hamill returned to the Star Wars universe in 2014, where he voiced the legendary ancient Sith Lord, Darth Bane, in the final episode of the animated series The Clone Wars.

On April 29, 2014, Hamill was announced as a cast member of Star Wars Episode VII by The Walt Disney Company.

For over a year prior to the announcement both Disney and Hamill were coy about whether he would be a cast member. In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek in March 2013, George Lucas hinted that Hamill, along with his Star Wars co-stars Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, would reprise their respective roles in Star Wars: Episode VII. Hamill confirmed similar information to in February 2013, saying, “They’re talking to us. George wanted to know whether we’d be interested…we haven’t signed any contracts.” Hamill said he knew nothing about the storyline. In September 2013, Robert Englund, actor and longtime friend of Hamill, said that Hamill was currently working out in the gym. Englund stated “Mark now – they’ve got Mark in the gym, because Mark’s coming back as Luke Skywalker. They’ve got him doing his sit-ups.” It was previously reported that both Hamill and Fisher had been assigned nutritionists and personal trainers to work with ahead of production.

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