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Ok, this is an odd one that no one seems to have noticed nor made much fuss about. In the latest issue of Empire magazine detailing the history leading up to "Star Wars: Episode VII," the publication says George Lucas originally envisioned four "Star Wars" trilogies and then dropped one in the late 1970s. This may be old news to die hard fans, but evidently Lucas asked Mark Hamill to appear in 'Episode IX.' "You'll just be like a cameo," Hamill recalled Lucas telling him. "You'll be like Obi Wan handing the lightsaber down to the next hope." Perhaps, as teased by Mark Hamill in a 1983 interview, the mooted third trilogy was supposed to be more ephemeral with Luke Skywalker appearing on "another plane of existence" he said (and/or potentially as another character). "The other one — what happens to Luke afterward — is much more ethereal," Lucas said in a 1978 Time magazine. »

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