Today is a momentous occasion for Star Wars fans. No, new details aren’t being revealed about Episode VII (as far as we know), but Mark Hamill will make his debut at Disney’s Star Wars Weekends.
Ahead of the event, the once and future Luke Skywalker spoke with the Orlando Sentinel about why he’s returning to the role that made him famous, dealing with spoilers, fandom, and more.
“Look, I’m aware that a lot of people don’t care one way or another, but for the UPFs – the ultra passionate fans – they would come after me like the angry townspeople with torches in the old Frankenstein pictures,” Hamill explained of his decision to join Episode VII. “I would have a lot to answer for if I didn’t at least try to make the effort. It’s not like I had a choice. I feel like I was called up for service by the Selective Service.”
He acknowledged that for this film he and other franchise veterans like Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher face something they didn’t have to contend with while shooting the original trilogy: spoilers.
“This is a whole different world … The first one, no one cared,” Hamill said. “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.”
Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: Episode VII opens Dec. 18, 2015.