Despite being “contractually forbidden” from talking about his involvement in the upcoming ‘Star Wars’ movies, it sure seems like Mark Hamill is dropping hints at Luke Skywalker’s future left and right. Earlier this week, the legendary actor posted a video on Twitter where he shaved his beard for the first time since May 2015. Although, he mentioned “at least until #EpisodeIX”, which has lead people to believe that the Jedi Master will pop up again in the third installment of the new trilogy scheduled for 2019. Now, it looks like Hamill managed to casually slip in a reference to a grandiose scene in Episode VII during a recent panel appearance.
According to ComicBook.com, Hamill kicked off Salt Lake Comic Con this week with an intimate Q&A session without a moderator. He stated up front that he couldn’t say much about ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’, but when he started to discuss the first time that he saw ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’, in which he reprises his seminal role from ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ as The Joker, the highly anticipated film from a galaxy far, far away just so happened to come up. He talked about one particular day on set that called for a night shoot where he had to worry about doing press for the new DC animated feature the next day:
“That’s where you sleep all day, you get up in the late afternoon, and go to work, and as soon as it gets dark you film until the sun comes up the next morning. But I came home and I realized, oh my gosh, they have an interview for me tomorrow afternoon. I haven’t watched [‘The Killing Joke’], and the day after I start on a sequence, an elaborate special effects sequence where I’m not going to be able to do anything. I have to focus specifically on the Episode VIII scene I’m doing.”
Even though he may not have meant to, Hamill certainly dropped some speculation-worthy information here. In talking about “an elaborate special effects sequence” that requires him to focus on it entirely, that could lead fans to jump to some huge conclusions. For instance, what if this scene, which he says was included during a night shoot, had something to do with the flashback in ‘The Force Awakens’ involving the Knights of Ren? Or what if Master Skywalker is involved in a brutally choreographed fight scene? At this point, the possibilities are pretty endless without anymore information that that. So until we find out more, share your thoughts and theories on this scene in the comments below.
‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ directed by Rian Johnson hits theaters on December 15th, 2017.