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Check out this Instagram Mark Hamill’s son took from the set of ‘Star Wars’

With Star Wars news scarce, people are paying particular attention to this photo from Mark Hamill.


Michelle Jaworski

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 13, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 6:50 pm CDT

News from the Star Wars set is pretty scarce these days, with strictest secrecy (despite all of the leaks) as filming resumes this month after Harrison Ford broke his leg on-set, but the latest on-set photo from Mark Hamill has Twitter in a tizzy.

Hamill posted the photo of himself earlier today, which was originally taken by his son Nathan as part of a series of photos of Lava Bear, a “vibrant, ursine-esque creature” that Nathan’s been taking with him throughout the U.K.

This is as close as Lava Bear got to the action (since he was barred from the set),” Hamill wrote.

For some, it might’ve been the first time they’ve seen Hamill with the “contractually obligated beard” he had to grow for his role as an older Luke Skywalker in Episode VII. Even though we won’t see anything for months, it’s plenty for deprived fans to get excited over.

Okay, this picture of Mark Hamill looking very Ben Kenobi is givin’ me the goodtimes.

— Matt Gourley (@MattGourley) August 13, 2014

Jesus Christ, look at @HamillHimself‘s triumphant and masterly beard and calm yourself from not freaking the fuck out

— Brian Lloyd (@BrianMLloyd) August 13, 2014

RT @HamillHimself: – Looks like Luke is going to be rocking a Jedi beard! Can’t help being excited for VII!!

— Andy Gray (@andrewsgray) August 13, 2014

Hell yes! Mark Hamill is going to look freaking bad ass in the new Star Wars.

— Elias Toufexis (@EliasToufexis) August 13, 2014

Mark hamill looks like a bad ass now haha

— darth baber (@kyleworrix) August 13, 2014

Hamill’s reappearance at Pinewood Studios corroborates previous reports that Star Wars will begin filming soon.

But Hamill’s not the only one offering hints. After the Star Wars: Force for Change charity drive ended with thousands of people raising more than $4 million for UNICEF, Episode VII director J.J. Abrams tweeted out a new photo from the set to celebrate—one that may have even give some credit to a previous leak, something he’s done before. And just like last time, it answers both nothing and everything.

#ForceForChange @starwars #EpisodeVII @omaze @UNICEF #uinnovate @UNICEFinnovate

— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) August 11, 2014

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*First Published: Aug 13, 2014, 4:44 pm CDT