Twitter is a magical place. It’s a social media landscape where ideas and concepts can be shared, community and identity nurtured, and change and progress enacted, if at least in part. Plus, lots of cursing and trolls. Still, it’s also a pretty groovy place to fan cast Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for realsies! If you find that hard to believe, scroll down, because it appears to be what’s happening after one fan asked James Gunn to add Mark Hamill to third Marvel Studios movie about a talking raccoon.
It was a fan calling himself Ian Fee who requested that James Gunn do him a “huge favour” and give Mark Hamill a role in the third Guardians movie. It would make sense, as Hamill is on a pop culture high right now after appearing in Star Wars: The Last Jedi where he reprised the role of Luke Skywalker. While the movie was widely well received by critics and audiences, some fans had issues with how Hamill’s heroic Luke was treated after a nearly 35-year absence from the screen (at least in scenes with dialogue). So a chance for Hamill to stretch his Jedi skills to an entirely different galaxy that isn’t quite so far, far away sounds like Fanboy Force Heaven.
But here is the funny thing about Twitter: Sometimes pie in the sky wishes will end with actual pie. After Gunn said he’d consider it, especially as he and the Star Wars actor are in roughly the same Malibu neighborhood, Hamill announced he was more than game to meet as neighbors… and as a director and actor. If nothing else, the following Twitter conversation ends with Gunn acquiring Mark Hamill as a Twitter follower so they can set-up the playdate.
Who knows, in a few years we could all be sitting in a dark theater and a new member of the Guardians of the Galaxy will be introduced—let’s say Suke Lywalker—and from that moment on, we’ll know who we all have to thank for it. Good one, Ian.