Mark Hamill will be returning to his most iconic role this December, but in the meantime he’s promoting his new show Knightfall, in which he plays Talus in the second season of the show about the Knights Templar.
He was on with Jimmy Kimmel to talk about the show, which premieres next week on the History Channel. But, of course, Star Wars came up too.
Hamill was discussing the beard he wears on the show, as his character sports a long gray beard. This was a fake, but Hamill noted that they glued the fake beard on top of his own beard. When Kimmel pressed into that a bit, Hamill said, “Yeah! I had to keep the beard for something else, and they put the glue on -” At that Kimmel interrupted to ask what the something else was, and Hamill responded, “Well, it’s NDA – that’s non-disclosure agreement. (winks) Don’t quote me. One of my favorite quotes, a politician said, ‘don’t quote me, and don’t quote me as not wanting to be quoted.” When Kimmel asked if he was shooting both projects simultaneously, Hamill responded with a cagey and playful “possibly.” A bit later, Hamill remarked, “Well you know I love driving the Disney executives crazy, because what are they going to do, fire me?”
So there you go: it seems that Luke Skywalker once again has a beard in Star Wars: Episode IX. That’s not massive news, but then again we’re pretty desperate for any Episode IX stuff we can get. I do think it’s worth pointing out, though, that this means that Luke will manifest as the older, bearded version as a Force ghost. That’s not surprising, since it’s exactly what Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi do, but some had wondered whether Luke might possibly be without his beard, since that’s the way he looked in the original trilogy. But no, Luke will still have his beard as a Force ghost – and I think that’s great, because I actually think that’s his best look and I’m a big fan of it.
I assume that in any flashback scene he’d probably appear younger (but still with a beard) like he did at the end of The Last Jedi, but as a Force ghost he’ll look like he did on Ahch-To.
Again, nothing major, but it’s a little tidbit about Luke Skywalker’s appearance in IX that is at least worth pointing out. I don’t know about you, but I absolutely cannot wait to see Luke as a Force ghost in the upcoming film!