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STAR WARS: EPISODE IX (2019): Mark Hamill Ready For Star Wars Finale

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Mark Hamill reveals that he will return as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode IX. The science fiction icon said that he will continue in the role after Star Wars: Episode VIII.

The news was announced when Hamill shared some surprising information on Twitter. In addition to being recognized for his storied role in the Star Wars franchise, the actor is known amongst fans for his trademark facial hair. According to today’s announcement, however, Hamill plans to lose the beard, a move that will make him more closely resemble the clean-cut look he had when playing the famous Jedi knight in the original trilogy.

Don’t despair though: Hamill made it clear that the beard will back for Episode IX, which is set for release two years after the upcoming Episode VIII:

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).

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