- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 1, 2016

In a tweet sent out to his over 1 million followers Thursday, “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill hinted that Luke Skywalker may return in “Episode IX,” scheduled for release in 2019. 

“Haven’t seen my chin since May ‘15, so & (at least til ) ,” Mr. Hammill tweeted.

Mr. Hamill, who played the iconic Jedi as a young farm boy in the original trilogy released between 1977 and 1983, was seen in only the final scene of last December’s “Episode VII: The Force Awakens,” when he is discovered on a faraway planet by the new hero, Rey (Daisy Ridley), after going into exile following the murder of all of his Jedi students by former apprentice Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), who was revealed in “The Force Awakens” to be the son of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and General Leia (Carrie Fisher). 

In the film’s most controversial scene, Kylo Ren murders his own father. Speculation has circled that Luke too would be killed in the new trilogy to make way for younger heroes like Rey and Finn (John Boyega). However, his tweet leaves it ambiguous as to whether Luke will return in “Episode IX” or meet a similar fate as Han in “Episode VIII,” and then possibly return in “Episode IX” as a spirit, much as Obi-wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) did in the original trilogy.

Filming on the still-untitled “Episode VIII,” directed by Rian Johnson, wrapped in July. The film is scheduled for release Dec. 15, 2017.


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