Mark Hamill hints he and his beard will return for Star Wars: Episode IX
Fans will never forget the closing minutes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and our first look at Luke Skywalker in over 30 years. Now that filming on its upcoming sequel, the untitled Star Wars: Episode VIII, has completed, the man himself Mark Hamill has taken to Twitter to reveal that he’s saying goodbye to his famous facial hair, until he returns for Episode IX that is.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) August 30, 2016
Colin Trevorrow is already set to direct Star Wars: Episode IX from a script he’s co-writing with Derek Connolly. The film will be released in 2019.
Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is written and directed by Rian Johnson and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, also welcomes back cast members Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski. Joining the production crew will be some of the industry’s top talent, including Steve Yedlin (Director of Photography), Bob Ducsay (Editor), Rick Heinrichs (Production Designer), Peter Swords King (Hair and Make-Up Designer), and Mary Vernieu (US Casting Director). They will be joining returning crew members Pippa Anderson (Co-Producer, VP Post Production), Neal Scanlan (Creature & Droid FX Creative Supervisor), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Jamie Wilkinson (Prop Master), Chris Corbould (SFX Supervisor), Rob Inch (Stunt Coordinator), Ben Morris (VFX Supervisor), and Nina Gold (UK Casting Director).
Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.
Mark Hamill Hints He Will Return for Star Wars: Episode IX