Star Wars Celebration: Mark Hamill talks of being ‘drafted’ for ‘The Force Awakens’

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Actor Mark Hamill at the opening of Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim on April 16, 2015. ( Jesse Grant / Getty / Disney) Actor Mark Hamill at the opening of Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim on April 16, 2015. ( Jesse Grant / Getty / Disney)

Mark Hamill, who portrayed young Jedi Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy of “Star Wars” films, offered a chilling alternate timeline for this December’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the seventh film in core space fantasy saga. What if he said no?

Speaking Saturday night at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, Hamill regaled a packed auditorium with tales of “Star Wars” past and present. Hamill spoke of how “Star Wars” creator George Lucas first broached the subject of a new trilogy of films, shared details about the difficulty of working with a Jedi Master puppet in Yoda and said he initially viewed “The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams with a hint of suspicion.

The talk brought to a close the the third day of the four-day fan expo, one that…

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