Mark Hamill Loses His “Episode VIII” Beard

Mark Hamill is saying goodbye to something he’s had for well over a year – his trademark older Luke Skywalker beard. Hamill, who first grew the beard for the final moments of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” kept the facial hair through the shooting of Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII”.

Now though he’s getting rid of it, but Hamill teased on Twitter that it’s only goodbye “at least til #EpisodeIX.” Here’s the tweet in question:

In related news, earlier this year came the reveal that Forest Whitaker’s character in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is Saw Gerrera, the Onderon rebels leader who appeared in the “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” animated series. He marks the first animated character to make the jump to live-action form on the big screen.

In ‘Rogue One’ the character has become a battered veteran who leads a band of Rebel extremists and now dons an armored suit. ‘Clone Wars’ showrunner Dave Filoni spoke with Slashfilm this week about his creation popping up in the spin-off film. Asked if he was told early that Saw was being included, he said:

“Oh, I heard it was happening and I talked to them a little about it. But for me it was easy, I was like yeah, go watch the episodes. You know, go watch the episodes. Then if you have questions, let me know. And I think that it’s like anything. It’s gonna find its own footing and as a character, it’s so many years later. They had a lot of room to decide who is this man now. But I talked to them about what I thought and how I thought he was affected, especially to Kiri Hart. But yeah, we’ll see. It’s exciting. And you never know what ends up in these films. You know, so we’ll have to wait and see.”

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens in December this year, while “Star Wars: Episode VIII” is due for release December 2017.