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Monday 11 December 2017

Luke Skywalker to make comic film

Mark Hamill announces his new film The Black Pearl
Mark Hamill announces his new film The Black Pearl

Star Wars actor Mark Hamill is aiming to be a force to be reckoned with as a movie director - adapting his debut film from his own comic.

The 58-year-old, who played Luke Skywalker in three of George Lucas's movies, is to bring to life his comic book mini-series The Black Pearl.

He announced the project, a £5 million live-action film, at the Cannes Film Festival.

"It's kind of daunting," said the 58-year-old, who previously directed a straight-to-video movie but is making his first try at the big screen.

"The pendulum swings from great confidence to 'what did I get myself into?' But I want to. This is going to be really a culmination of years and years of wish fulfilment on my part."

Hamill, who has been largely known for TV roles and voiceovers since his Star Wars days, originally wrote the story as a movie but it was eventually published in comic form.

He has long been a comic fan and made a documentary Comic Book: The Movie, as well as voicing comic characters such as The Joker in computer games.

In Black Pearl, a loner raised on violent films and comics takes justice into his own hands after a neighbour is kidnapped.

Hamill said: "It's a dark and raw suspense thriller, a prowling de-glamorisation of the usual mega-budget Hollywood revenge fantasy with an edgy, real-world documentary style."

Press Association

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