The Millennium Falcon will carry a familiar passenger in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," and his return is going to make you feel, starting now.
Luke Skywalker is set to play a bigger role in the latest Star Wars film, meaning Mark Hamill had more work to do. As part of that, he ended up back on board the Millennium Falcon, which we saw in the latest trailer. The actor's return, it turns out, was surprisingly emotional for him.
"I'm telling you, I didn't expect to have the reaction I had," Hamill told EW of his first return to the ship.
The actor initially boarded the Millennium Falcon ahead of shooting his "Last Jedi" scenes; he was filming a documentary and went to the set with his wife and children. The visit ended up being both moving and nostalgic for him.
"It was sort of like visiting an old house that you lived in when you were a kid," he said. "I mean, I just welled up with emotion and I said, 'I need to be by myself.'"
Apparently, his reaction was similar to what we'll see in the movie and what was shown in the most recent trailer. In the scene, Luke carefully takes in his surroundings, much as Hamill did upon entering. As he soaked it all in, the actor saw that "they had recreated it down to every last detail."
It makes sense that it would be an emotional experience for Hamill. The Millennium Falcon is a symbol of the film series, which has been a long, wild ride for the franchise's original stars. In the 40 years they have been involved, they have seen highs, lows, and even tragic loss. We're moved just thinking about it.
"Star Wars: Episode VIII -- The Last Jedi" hits theaters Dec. 15.