??Mark Hamill? Pulls ‘?Star Wars: Episode VIII’ April Fool’s Day Twitter Prank

It’s April Fool’s Day and Star Wars actor Mark Hamill has decided to take advantage of the moment to troll the Internet, reports MoviePilot.

Pulling pranks on April 1 is nothing new, so Hamill took it upon himself to jump on Twitter today and show his followers that he has a copy of the Star Wars: Episode VIII script, written by the film’s director Rian Johnson. So far, Mark Hamill has 987,000 followers on Twitter and he says he wants to provide Star Wars fans with a spoiler for the upcoming Episode VIII, but only if he reaches 1 million followers. It sounds like the perfect April Fool’s Day setup.

Mark Hamill claimed Director Rian Johnson gave him the OK to reveal just one spoiler from the screenplay. Hamill started early in the morning, recruiting all of his followers to spread the word and get him even more Twitter followers. But, of course, as the day went on, some fans were highly skeptical of this offer, which did seem too good to be true. Star Wars: The Force Awakens completely demolished the box office and pretty much gained universal acclaim. It was not surprising that Star Wars fans everywhere would be chomping at the bit for any sort of tidbit or snippet of a plot point on the upcoming sequel. At the same time, it sounded like a perfect target for a viral prank.

Hamill even provided many of his dubious fans some false hope. Later in the day, Mark took to Twitter to let everyone know that even if he did not reach 1 million Twitter followers by the end of the day, he would still offer the spoiler. By the good graces of the film’s director. Johnson even joined in on the joke, leaving a comment. But alas, Hamill eventually revealed that he was indeed pulling a prank on his Twitter followers.

Oh, well. It was fun while it lasted.

But, just because Mark Hamill won’t be spilling any details about Star Wars: Episode VIII, it doesn’t mean fans still can’t speculate on what may or may not happen. Right now, it is known that Daisy Ridley’s Rey, John Boyega’s Finn, Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren and Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron are going to be in the sequel. And, of course, Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker is going to be featured in the story. Actress Kelly Marie Tran has also been announced as a joining cast member, but nobody knows who she is playing and how big her role in the film might be.

Boyega made some recent comments at a screening of the new documentary Secrets of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where he spoke on Tran’s role in the movie using the words “new lead.” Maybe fans shouldn’t read too much into that comment, but Cinema Blend reported on rumors suggesting that Lucasfilm was auditioning female actresses to be a new “female lead.”

It’s doubtful that Daisy Ridley’s character is going to be outright replaced with a new lead character in Star Wars: Episode VIII, but if there is going to be an additional female lead, it’s possible that she could be a love interest to Boyega’s Finn character. Hopefully that won’t be her only purpose in the film, if that’s how it pans out.

Mark Hamill has revealed his thoughts on Luke Skywalker’s sexuality, specifically stating that Luke can be whatever the audience wants him to be.

“But now fans are writing and ask all these questions, ‘I’m bullied in school… I’m afraid to come out’. They say to me, ‘Could Luke be gay?’ I’d say it is meant to be interpreted by the viewer. If you think Luke is gay, of course he is. You should not be ashamed of it. Judge Luke by his character, not by who he loves.”

[Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney]

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