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Star Wars: Mark Hamill Confirms Episode 9 Return?

After his silent, single scene appearance in last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is set to have a far more substantial role in Rian Johnson's currently untitled Star Wars: Episode VIIIThe next chapter of the Skywalker family saga will pick up just moments from where Episode VII left off, as Luke assumes the part of mentor to scavenger-turned-Jedi Rey (Daisy Ridley). In the early days of Star Wars 8 speculation, it was rumored that the elder Skywalker would be involved in an action sequence involving the Knights of Ren.

Lucasfilm has done an admirable job maintaining secrecy regarding their projects, which has become a challenging task in the 21st century. No matter how hard the studio tries to keep everything under lock and key, slip ups do happen. For instance, Mads Mikkelsen revealed that his Rogue One: A Star Wars Story character Galen Erso is the father of protagonist Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) before Disney wanted that information to go public. Now, Hamill, the master secret keeper, might have dropped a spoiler for Star Wars: Episode IX on social media.

The actor took to his Twitter account to commemorate the shaving of his beard, remarking that it's the first time since May 2015 he has been clean-shaven. Fans will take great interest in his comment "at least until #EpisodeIX," as it seems like confirmation Hamill will return for the conclusion of the sequel trilogy. Check out his post below:

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Star Wars: Mark Hamill Confirms Episode 9 Return?