Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is enjoying a hugely successful weekend, raking in millions at the box office during its first few days of release and projecting massive numbers of people who want to see the film on the big screen. Whenever a movie from the Star Wars world is released, it feels more like an event than perhaps any other franchise in the movie industry and Rogue One is already inspiring brand new ideas for anthology releases in the same vein moving forward.

Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill will return in next year’s Star Wars: Episode VIII, and fans will briefly see him sooner in a trailer for the film early next year.  He didn’t appear in Rogue One, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t interested in the movie and how it plays as part in the bigger picture. Taking to his Twitter account after seeing the film, he heaped praise on the movie, insisting it was more than just a good by Star Wars standards.

This thought is echoed by many who have already settled down to watch Rogue One (see our review) The general train of thought is that whilst the events take place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, newcomers could watch Rogue One without being familiar with any of the backstory of catalogue of previous episodic releases.

Knowing that the man who led so many Star Wars chapters is a fan of the first movie to branch away from the series’ usual episodic approach can only be construed positively. Hamill may be expected to praise those behind the film no matter what as he’s still an integral part of the Star Wars universe, but if he genuinely didn’t like Rogue One, he likely wouldn’t have spoken up at all. These tweets just go to show that even when as a big part of a franchise, there’s still joy to be had as a fan.

With such a positive response, might Hamill be willing to appear in for an anthology movie release in the near future? He’s an actor that the fans have always been able to get behind and with rumors already surfacing that he’ll be making a return not only in Episode 8, but Episode 9 as well, tasting the sci-fi flavor once more might prove to be more appealing than even he can resist.

Source: Mark Hamill (via Cinema Blend)

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