Mark Hamill is remaining mum (for now) about next year’s insanely anticipated Star Wars: Episode VIII, but the actor best known as Luke Skywalker did stoke anticipation over the upcoming film’s catchphrase quota during a Q&A panel at the Star Wars Celebration in London.
“I was looping Episode VIII yesterday, and there’s dialogue in there, and I thought, ‘Oh boy, I can already see this on a T-shirt. Rian Johnson is amazing,” Hamill says of the Episode VIII writer-director (via EW). “He’ll make you forget all about ‘May the Force be with you.’ He’s come up with so many new catchphrases.”
That’s about the only thing Hamill said about Episode VIII, but he did talk at length about Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which broke box office records upon its release last December and (at first, at least) confounded the actor by how little he appeared.
“No, no, I wasn’t insulted. I thought it was a really great surprise. But I don’t think they prepared me correctly,” he explains. “I went to training, and I lost all this weight. I thought, ‘I must be doing something physical if they’re sending me to the gym twice a week and torturing me physically.’
“It’s all about preparing you,” Hamill continued. “‘Oh, by the way, all that workout where you lost all the weight? You’re going to have to turn – and remove your hood. I’m like, ugh, I need to lie down for a minute.”
Episode VIII comes out in December 2017; it's worth remembering that Hamill let it slip that he’s “out of work” after the next film. What does it all mean?!