Star Wars Episode VIII: Mark Hamill hints at Luke Skywalker’s return

Star Wars Episode VIII: Mark Hamill hints at Luke Skywalker’s return

Star Wars Episode VIII: Mark Hamill hints at Luke Skywalker’s return

Written by Staff Writer

25 Nov, 2015 | 3:50 pm

We’ve seen Han, Leia, and Chewie in the various Star Wars: The Force Awakens TV spots and trailers, but there’s still someone big missing. Where’s Luke?

The young Jedi knight of the original trilogy should be a Jedi master by now, but he’s been seemingly absent from every clip of the upcoming movie yet released. He doesn’t even make an appearance on the official poster.

But while he’s playing coy on his appearance in Episode VII, it seems Luke may well already be filming scenes for Episode VIII. Mark Hamill, who played Luke in the original trilogy, appeared to indicate he was reprising the role in the as-yet-unnamed Episode VIII in a tweet posted this weekend, in which he described his shaving regimen. Director J.J. Abrams apparently wanted a more hirsute take on Luke for the upcoming Star Wars trilogy, which is set 30-plus years after the battle of Endor.

Hamill first described his “contractually obligated beard” in August last year, showing off his bushy facial hair in a shot from the Episode VIIset, but has trimmed it back and removed it entirely for appearances in other TV shows since.

Luke Skywalker has been conspicuous in his absence from Episode VII‘s promotional materials, but we might have actually seen him in one of the earliest trailers for the movie. One of the shots in the first Force Awakens trailer, released in April this year shows a character, his face turned from the camera, sporting a robot hand and stroking R2-D2 on what appears to be a volcanic world. That certainly fits Luke’s profile — missing hand, fond of capes, big fan of stroking astromech droids.

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