Mark Hamill Confirms Star Wars 8 Role (and Facial Hair)

Old Luke Skywalker Fan Art by dudelitda

Unless you find yourself covering your eyes and ears several times a day, every day of the week, you've no doubt witnessed the ultimate marketing machine at work helping ensure that Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is one of the biggest entertainment releases of all-time. Despite the slew of Star Wars 7 posters, trailers, TV advertisements, toys, and all other forms of branded, licensed merchandise, franchise legend Luke Skywalker is nowhere to be found.

It's strange given the legacy of the Skywalker family and Mark Hamill's appearances at Disney promotional events. We all know Mark Hamill is in Star Wars 7 but why is he not even on the film's main one-sheet? It's not by accident says co-writer and director J.J. Abrams.

But not to worry, Luke is part of the story although his screen time in Episode VII may be minimal. Abrams confirmed that Luke is still a "very important aspect of the story" even if he's behind-the-scenes as other characters search for him, but questions about his whereabouts and what he's been up to will be answered. The focus this time around, for the start of the new trilogy, is on the "next generation" of characters with original trilogy veterans like Luke serving to connect it to what the saga was.

For fans wanting more though, they'll get it. Hamill is returning for Episode VIII which is currently filming. Last summer, Mark Hamill shot scenes in Skellig Michael island in Ireland, a beautiful and remote home of an ages old monastery which makes for a perfect hiding spot (or secluded Jedi Academy) for old Luke for The Force Awakens. That same location was used for Star Wars 8 scenes in September where it was all but confirmed Hamill was taking part. Surprising no one, we can safely confirm Luke Skywalker's role in the next episodic installment of the Star Wars saga thanks to Hamill's recent tweet talking about growing his Skywalker beard back, a tradition of old Jedi:

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