Mark Hamill, of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has spilled some beans. According to The Guardian and Hamill’s Twitter page, Hamill dropped what appears to be a confirmation for his return to “Star Wars 8.” A recent social media spoiler indicated that she shaved his beard on Oct. 22 and suggested that he’s now able to grow it out since he concluded his role on CW’s The Flash, where he played Trickster.
Of course, one may think that since he said, “Ep VIII,” that could be an episode of any role he’s in, be it TV or a movie sequel. So perhaps one cannot just assume his tweet indicated a confirmation relating to the next Star Wars sequel, which is to be directed by Rian Johnson.
IMDB does have him listed in the eighth film. If this is true, then it looks like Hamill feels that he’s timing his own beard growth rather nicely. He’s also contractually obligated to have the beard available for Star Wars as well.
Although this recent spoiler news regarding Star Wars was made by Hamill, it’s interesting to note he’s not been seen in any of the trailers. That being said, it’s pure speculation what his purpose will be as Luke Skywalker. Twitter commenters made reference to Luke being a “force ghost.”
Spoilerish-rumors do continue, according to The Guardian, about certain situations involving the older Skywalker. Max von Sydow, most well known for Conan the Barbarian, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and The Exorcist, takes on the role of Lor San Tekka. The rumor mentions Tekka’s mission is Skywalker. Apparently, someone dug deep enough to find some information via a Star Wars children’s book called “Look and Find.” Of course, why would they put a plot to a major motion picture into a children’s book?
Mark is keeping things rather tight-lipped in regards to his Star Wars: The Force Awakens role. Questions about his whereabouts were probably generated from not having been seen in the trailers. Most specifically, and according to Flickering Myth, Hamill has quite the sizable secret. A secret that, of course, is holding things pretty securely via his non-disclosure agreement.
He did, however, talk with Famous Monsters Of Filmland magazine, according to Den of Geek, and gave insight in getting ready “the next generation of heroes and villains.” Apparently, this was his first interview involving Star Wars: The Force Awakens as he described how things are different now than what they were in the previous films of the franchise.
“It’s not going to be like it was then, when we’re rattling around in the Death Star, and exchanging quips, and jockeying for the affections of the princess. It’s going to be age appropriate. The story has moved on, and our purpose in the story is different than it was then.”
The interview went on with Hamill citing how the original cast served the purpose of delivering some kind of context that ties in the old and the new. That their historical contributions would bring forth “the historical side of things.”
Hamill will star alongside his original cast members Harrison Ford as Han Solo, who is quite a “force believer,” as it would seem from the trailer, Carrie Fisher reprising Leia, and Peter Mayhew returning as Chewbacca. The newly-starring John Boyega will play Finn and Daisy Ridley as Rey.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaterson Dec. 18 and is directed by Star Trek Into Darkness’ J.J. Abrams.
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