Last year, the biggest star of The Force Awakens was also the one without any lines — Luke Skywalker. The whole film turned out to be one big hunt for the MIA Jedi master.
So what’s the latest on Mark Hamill, the face of the Star Wars saga? We gathered this week’s news so you don’t have to!
In an interview yesterday with Entertainment Weekly, Mark revealed how busy he was with Star Wars Episode VIII.
“It’s been 6 a.m. calls every morning, and I have another one tomorrow.” In fact, he’s so caught up in the latest installment that he takes a bath way ahead. “I’m taking to showering the night before, so I just roll out of bed 15 minutes before, and then go straight to the studio.”
An unwashed Luke? Stormtrooper Larry can’t help but think of this:
Thankfully, filming for Episode VIII is finally wrapping up, and he can soon let go of his Force beard:
Asked if he had any lines in the movie this time, Mark’s tense response was “I can’t confirm or deny.” He can go toe-to-toe against the Sith, but even Luke Skywalker can’t go against his NDA.
Returning to the US
Despite Episode VIII wrapping up, Mark won’t be able to return stateside just yet.
In the same interview, he revealed he might not make it to this year’s Comic-Con, where he’s supposed to debut his new digital series Pop Culture Quest. “It doesn’t look like I’m gonna be able to make it this year, because of the shooting schedule here”, referring to Pinewood Studios in the UK. “I don’t get back until the third week in July.”
Mark has been living on London for the past year. He was required to return to Skellig Michael for the first footage of Episode VIII in November, even before The Force Awakens screened in theaters. By January, principal photography for the sequel was in full swing, and Mark’s been busy ever since.
While the film wraps up this month, he still won’t be able to attend the Comic-Con in July due to Star Wars Celebration. This year’s Celebration will be held in London on July 15, just one week before Comic-Con, hence the reason for not being able to commit to San Diego.
After working with Episode VIII director Rian Johnson for the past year, it seems he and Mark have a chummy relationship.
After Rian posted his temporary London address on Twitter, Mark replied:
Rian happened to reside in St. Lukes Road, a ritzy place in Notting Hill.
Then the Episode 8 director teased a preview of a Jedi cloak on Twitter to mark the home stretch of the filming:
Although Stormtrooper Larry knows the truth. Disney ordered that cloak to be reshot after the first one was too gritty:
We hope to see an action-packed Mark Hamill in Episode VIII… whether washed or unwashed!
Meanwhile, check out the mysterious licensed Lucasfilm painting entitled “Rey Skywalker”!