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It's no secret that the Star Wars films have become known for their insane special effects. Even when George Lucas faltered in storytelling, he continuously pioneered new and exciting visual tools. The new young cast members already proved that they can handle the intense VFX work in The Force Awakens, but now it seems that series main character Luke Skywalker will have a major special effects sequence of his very own in Star Wars Episode VIII. Mark Hamill elaborated:
But I came home and I realized, 'oh my gosh, they have an interview for me tomorrow afternoon. I haven't watched [The Killing Joke], and the day after I start on a sequence, an elaborate special effects sequence where I'm not going to be able to do anything. I have to focus specifically on the Episode VIII scene I'm doing," he said, nonchalantly continuing his story.
Comicbook.com reports that Mark Hamill took the stage at Salt Lake City Comic-Con and gave the above statement about the process of filming Star Wars: Episode VIII. Apparently some of his scenes are far more technically involved than we could possibly imagine. Specifically, he opened up about one particularly "elaborate special effects sequence" that he had to shoot for the film. He wouldn't go into any more detail, but it's enough to really get us excited about what's coming.
Obviously it shouldn't come as a major surprise that Luke Skywalker will find himself involved in some incredibly technical scenes during the course of Episode VIII. He's a Jedi Master, a skilled pilot, and a dutiful soldier; to not see Luke kicking ass and taking names would simply feel odd. If Han Solo didn't slow down with old age, then we wouldn't expect Luke to.
However, it's the exact nature of this elaborate VFX sequence that continues to elude us. Perhaps we will see Luke hop back into his trusty X-Wing fighter to battle some First Order TIE fighters, or maybe he will pull a Yoda and lift something to show Rey the true nature of the force. We know you remember that scene:
Then, of course, there's the distinct possibility that Luke Skywalker could potentially perish at some point in the movie and return as a force ghost. We don't know if that will happen, but The Force Awakens certainly established a precedent for killing characters from the original trilogy. Just ask the late, great Han Solo. His return as a partially CGI force ghost would most certainly make sense, but we still don't know.
Only time will tell how Luke Skywalker's elaborate special effects sequence pans out. We will know for certain once Star Wars: Episode VIII hits theaters next year on December 17, 2017. Until then, make sure to catch Rogue One: A Star Wars Story when it debuts later this year on December 16.