By Travis Martin
Despite Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens not releasing yet, it looks as though Episode VIII will begin production with a certain character. Mark Hamill, known for playing Luke Skywalker in the Original Trilogy and in The Force Awakens, will be returning for Episode VIII. He confirmed it via his Twitter account, saying, “Last shaved on 10/22 after final day of my 2nd #TheFlash (which airs 12/8 #XmasTrix), just in time for Ep VIII-whew!”. Hamill is referring to his part on CW‘s The Flash, where he plays the villain the Trickster. He is also said to be sporting a beard as Luke Skywalker in The Force Awakens.
This film will be directed by Rian Johnson, and also rumored to star Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac along with newcomers Benecio Del Toro and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Star Wars Episode VIII is set to release May 26, 2017. Meanwhile, The Force Awakens is directed by JJ Abrams and will release December 17 of this year.