Star Wars Episode VIII will star Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker, actor confirms
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is less than a month away and everybody still has a lot of questions. The most pressing of those is if Luke Skywalker is still going to make an appearance given his absence in the trailer and poster. Well, this week, actor Mark Hamill confirms it — at least for the eighth movie in the franchise.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” had gone double time these days with promotions as it heads to the last few weeks before its release on December 18. But fans are still asking where Luke Skywalker is. He’s not in the official poster. He’s not in the trailer. He also doe snot have a character poster of his own. But he is definitely in the movie, in one way or another, as Mark Hamill had been promoting the film and was even at promotional events.
If Luke stays in the dark in “The Force Awakens,” staying an invisible force, he won’t be as invisible in Episode VIII. He will definitely be having an on-screen appearance, with a good amount of facial hair, no less.
A few months back, it was reported that Hamill has started filming for the eighth installment in the Star Wars movie franchise. The other day, the 64-year old actor himself confirms his involvement in the film.
Via Twitter, the actor talked about having to grow his beard back, getting ready to look very much like a traditional Jedi. His tweet read, “Last shaved on 10/22 after final day of my 2nd #TheFlash (which airs 12/8 #XmasTrix), just in time for Ep VIII-whew!”
The actor had to shave his facial hair when he guest starred on “The Flash” as The Trickster (twice; in the first one, he he also delivered a killer “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back” reference). While there’s always a possibility that his role may be just a Force ghost, much like Obi-Wan Kenobi’s at the end of “Return of the Jedi,” there’s also hope that his role might be much more extensive than that.
“Star Wars Episode VIII” is not expected until 2017. In the meantime, fans of the epic space drama can hope to see him, too, in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which premieres this December 18.