We know there is still plenty of filming left on Star Wars: Episode VIII, with director Rian Johnson revealing at the end of April that they had passed the half-way mark of production. While we don't know exactly when filming will come to a close on this highly-anticipated sequel, the next chapter in the Skywalker saga is set to hit theaters on December 15, 2017. Over the weekend, one of its stars, Mark Hamill, seemingly dropped a huge spoiler during an event in London, although it may not be what it seems. There will be potential SPOILERS below, so read on at your own risk.
Mark Hamill was part of a special event in London this weekend where he got to interview Ray Davies of The Kinks, one of the actor's favorite bands. Den of Geek attended this event, which was largely focused on The Kinks, although the actor did tease one juicy tidbit about his future in the Star Wars universe. Here's what he had to say below.
"I finish Episode VIII, and then I'm out of work."
Many fans have assumed that Mark Hamill meant that Star Wars: Episode VIII will be Luke Skywalker's last movie. Naturally, that hasn't been confirmed by Disney or LucasFilm, nor have any plot details, for that matter. Thankfully, Mark Hamill himself cleared up the confusion on Twitter just moments ago, teasing that he has a long history of keeping huge secrets.
"You're right- I meant: 'I'm out of work (FOR THE TIME BEING)' Remember-I kept #DadVader a secret even from #Carrison!"
We know that Star Wars 8 will begin directly where Star Wars: The Force Awakens left off, with Rey (Daisy Ridley) meeting Luke Skywalker on the remote planet of Ahch-To, where he has been hiding in exile at an ancient Jedi temple. There have been rumors that Rey begins her Jedi training under Luke Skywalker's tutelage in Star Wars 8, with other reports claiming that Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) has captured both Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), in an effort to lure Rey out of hiding for another lightsaber duel.
All we know for sure is that Rian Johnson is directing from his own script, with Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa) and Lupita Nyong'o (NEv2olH0FIHGyD||Maz Kanata) also reprising their roles from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We know even less about Star Wars: Episode IX, except that Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) is set to direct. Take a look at Mark Hamill's tweet below where he clarifies his comments from this weekend.