Mark Hamill never thought he would return to that galaxy far, far away–not in “a million years.” So even he seems to have been stunned by the fact that he’ll reprise his most famous role as Luke Skywalker next year: In J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“I don’t know that I’m even completely recovered from my state of shock,” the actor recently told Entertainment Weekly. “Part of the experience of [Star Wars] in my life was coming down from that, putting it behind me. We had a beginning, middle, and an end. And I certainly, in a million years, never expected to return. I thought, even if they do more trilogies, my story is over.”