This week there’s an embarrassing amount of clickbait being tossed around based on an interview Mark Hamill gave about Episode VIII. Hamill knows how to work the Star Wars fans, and in an interview he said he would be finished filming soon, and then out of work.
This immediately fired up the clickbait engines of most sites desperate for some Star Wars clicks, and they all ran stories claiming that Luke Skywalker dies in Episode VIII and it would be his final Star Wars movie. Except if these fools just used Google and researched what Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow has said, they’d know Luke (and Leia) will be around for the third movie in the trilogy.
Back in January, Trevorrow clearly stated to Entertainment Tonight that both Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will have even bigger roles in Episode IX:
Though he says he has yet to speak with original Star Wars stars Hamill and Carrie Fisher, Trevorrow wants their presence to be even greater in his film, revealing he can’t wait “to find new places that we can take those characters.”
“They are icons, but they’re also people that have suffered tremendous loss and challenge over the course of all these films,” he told us.
“[Episode IX] is something that needs to honor a story that’s been told over a period of 40 years,” he reiterated. “I don’t want to ignore any of it, and I respect all of it. It’s something I think the fan base is going to embrace.”
After all the craziness started, Mark Hamill tried to defuse it on Twitter:
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) June 27, 2016
That’s pretty clear right there, and it easily debunks all of the sensational clickbait being spread around that Episode VIII would be Mark Hamill’s final appearance as Luke Skywalker. He’ll continue on into Episode IX and in an even greater role.