Mark Hamill has confirmed that Luke Skywalker will be returning in Star Wars Episode IX....
Mark let the tasty nugget slip in a tweet that revealed a short video of him de-bearding following the completion if his involvement in Episode VIII. Watch that below:
So there's a couple of things we can read into this. Firstly, VIII wrapped last month, and Mark still had the beard. We know the beard is contractually obligated so did he keep it whilst he awaited confirmation of his schedule as it relates to reshoots/pick ups? Ryan revealed just a couple of weeks ago that the VIII edit had started, and John Williams revealed that he will see a rough cut shortly so he can start scoring. Does this mean RIan knows that Luke's content is locked and so he has released Mark form any potential pick up responsibilities?
Also, we know this doesnt reveal much about Luke's fate in VIII. I'm sure many people will read a head line like this and think, "Oh great! Spoilers!" But really Luke could appear in IX as a Force ghost so all bets are off for the character's fate in VIII.
One thing is certain though, Mark looks better than he has done in years. This movie icon thing must be agreeing with him.
What do you make of Mark's reveal that Luke will be returning? Leave your thoughts and fears in the comments below....
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