This year will see several major franchise installments grace the big screen, but arguably none are more anticipated than Star Wars: Episode VIII. Disney's third movie set in a galaxy far, far away serves as the direct sequel to 2015's mega hit The Force Awakens, and fans cannot wait to see the Skywalker saga continue. Not only should youngsters like Rey and Kylo Ren go off in intriguing new directions, Luke Skywalker is set to have a substantial role - a prospect that excites several viewers.
Lucasfilm has yet to get the ball rolling on Star Wars 8 marketing, choosing to let the recently released spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have some time in the limelight before shifting gears. Soon, though, promotion for Episode VIII will have to begin (much to Adam Driver's chagrin), and it appears moviegoers will not have to wait for the first advertising materials much longer.
Star Wars legend Mark Hamill hosts the show Pop Culture Quest, which streams on Comic-Con HQ. Today, the program's official Twitter account posted a tease for the "first look" at the sci-fi sequel coming shortly. Check out the post below:
— Pop Culture Quest (@popculturequest) January 6, 2017
Hamill has a somewhat notorious reputation for being a bit of a prankster on social media, and last year teased his many followers with a glance at the Episode VIII "trailer," which turned out to be his trailer on the set. This, however, appears to be a legitimate announcement that fans should take seriously. The message comes from straight from Pop Culture Quest, and it's unlikely they would want to mislead their viewers in this way. While details are scarce (such as a date or what will be revealed), this is nevertheless exciting for moviegoers curious to see what writer/director Rian Johnson has up his sleeve. The ever-churning rumor mill has uncovered some rather interesting nuggets of information lately, so it will be nice to get something official from the studio.
Given the briefness of this message, "first look" could mean anything from a still image to a teaser trailer. Since this will be an exclusive on Hamill's own show, it's reasonable to assume that the material will be focused on Luke, who was infamously withheld from all the Episode VII marketing. Regardless of what will be shown, there will undoubtedly be a great deal of interest amongst fans. Not even the title for Star Wars 8 has not been shared yet, so anything from the film will be more than enough to kick start the next round of Star Wars speculation.
UPDATE: Mark Hamill has now clarified Pop Culture Quest's original message, revealing that it refers to a different Episode VIII:
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) January 7, 2017
Source: Pop Culture Quest
Update Source: Mark Hamill
- Star Wars: Rogue One / Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) release date: Dec 16, 2016
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018