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Mark Hammill talks STAR WARS EPISODE VII, plus check out his combat pose!

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It’s been around 30 years since Mark Hammill last wielded a light saber, save for that one time he visited Springfield in The Simpsons. He’s been busy since then, but the Jedi Grandmaster will be back and swinging for the Force next year in Star Wars Episode VII. So how does the 62 year old look today wielding a more elegant weapon from a more civilised age? Quite dapper actually. Can’t say that I approve of his padawan though.

While Hammill has yet to start shooting his scenes as Luke Skywalker, the years have been kind, as he is looking noticeably trimmer. Hammill popped up at Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World, and struck the following pose:

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Speaking to the Orlando Sentinel (via JediNews) about the preparation for the role, Hammill dropped a few tidbits about the film:

I’ve altered my diet. I’ve started working out. There’s that. But on the film itself: I toured the departments, I’ve looked at wardrobe, and I saw the creature shop. I went around and met all the cast people, saw the technicians working on some new things.

As for the Internet striking back and constantly looking for spoilers, Hammill reminisced how different it was to work on a film that no one knew about compared to the hyper-interest of today:

This is a whole different world … The first one, no one cared. The second one there was a lot of interest, but it was before the Internet. … I tell people we’re not trying to annoy you or tease you or play some massive game. Basically what the goal is to keep the surprises for the movie instead of spoiling them on the Internet.

Episode VII rocks up next year December 15. And it’s good to know that at least one Jedi won’t be using a light-saber walker for battle-scenes.

Last Updated: June 6, 2014

18 Comments

  1. I really do hope these are good..

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  2. Admiral Chief Blackburn

    June 6, 2014 at 13:23

    Sjoe maar hy het oud geword!

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    • Jedi JJ

      June 6, 2014 at 13:26

      Have you seen Harrison Ford? He’s a real ballie now.

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      • Admiral Chief Blackburn

        June 6, 2014 at 13:28

        Biltong

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  3. Jedi JJ

    June 6, 2014 at 13:25

    Are we going to see Jaina Solo in the new movies? I really hope so.

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    • Kervyn Cloete

      June 6, 2014 at 13:32

      That was the rumour. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but casting indicates it’s a possibility.

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      • Jedi JJ

        June 6, 2014 at 13:34

        I don’t care too much for Anakin Solo and the other one (forgot the name) but Jaina intrigues me as a character.

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        • Kervyn Cloete

          June 6, 2014 at 13:40

          That would be Jaicen. Yeah, he’s a dweeb.

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  4. Rincearbiterofhumour

    June 6, 2014 at 13:36

    Man, please, make it work. Disney has done wonders with some of the more recent movies, PLEASE WORK!

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    • Jedi JJ

      June 6, 2014 at 13:49

      I must say though, what they’ve done with the animated is VERY disappointing. A freaking kettie? WTF?
      Clone Wars was a brilliant series.

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      • Rincearbiterofhumour

        June 6, 2014 at 13:51

        Oh, I haven’t seen any. Though I believe that they are not using that as part of the new universe in the movies?

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        • Jedi JJ

          June 6, 2014 at 13:53

          No, but still. It’s a worry for me, because it means that Disney wants to go overly creative with the franchise. They better have their goons read every single comic book and graphic novel. There’s a lot of great stuff in there. They don’t have to re-create anything, the lore and everything is there. Just continue with it.

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          • Rincearbiterofhumour

            June 6, 2014 at 13:54

            Agreed. If there is good stuff that the fans already love, no need to reinvent the lightsaber!

          • Jedi JJ

            June 6, 2014 at 13:58

            Haha. Quite.
            After the f-up that was the prequel trilogy I don’t think it can be much worse.

        • Kervyn Cloete

          June 6, 2014 at 13:58

          No Clone Wars is still part of the canon. Essentially only the things that George Lucas was personally involved with is now official canon, so the 6 movies and Clone Wars.

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          • Jedi JJ

            June 6, 2014 at 14:00

            Watching Clone Wars now again actually. They were not afraid to kill off characters. Disney would never do that. They’re all about it being 100% safe for the kids these days. (because watching shows like Batman Animated completely messed us up, of course)

          • Rincearbiterofhumour

            June 6, 2014 at 14:00

            I meant the cartoons.

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