Late last year, Mark Hamill tweeted about an exciting new project, one he couldn’t discuss due to non-disclosure agreements. That secret project he “really, really loved” turned out to be a guest spot on Season 2 of FX’s What We Do in the Shadows. Recently, What We Do in the Shadows showrunner Paul Simms explained exactly how they got Mark Hamill onboard for the new season.
In Season 1 of the show, an episode in which Nandor, Nadja, and Laszlo visited the vampire council revealed a number of surprise guest stars, including True Blood’s Evan Rachel Wood, Tilda Swinton, Blade’s Wesley Snipes, and executive producers Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi — both of whom directed and starred in the 2014 film the series is based on. For Season 2, What We Do in the Shadows managed to land Mark Hamill, which was an impressive feat. So how did his guest role come about? Here’s what Paul Simms told The Hollywood Reporter regarding his appearance:
Mark Hamill we wanted to be a surprise, but then we forgot. It was fun because we had a lot of people who had seen the first season who were really into it and wanted to be on the show. Some of them couldn't do it for scheduling reasons, but Mark Hamill was an example of someone who was a fan of the show and he tweeted about how much he liked it. If you're going to say you like the show then we'll get in touch with you and say, ‘Prove it!’ His episode is really great.
Honestly, that’s a great story. It’s no secret that Mark Hamill really enjoyed Season 1 of the show and has said as much on social media. I’m also glad Hamill’s schedule was open for him to appear. That said, whether or not the Star Wars actor will be playing a vampire or another supernatural creature is still unclear.
Paul Simms did confirm there won't be quite so many guest stars appearing in one episode in Season 2 so, if viewers were expecting another vampire council-esque episode, they might be disappointed. However, Simms did tease other surprise appearances throughout the season. In his words:
That one we had in the middle of last season that had all those guest star vampires, we realized there was no way we could top that. So there's no huge mega guest star episode, but all through the season there are funny little surprise things. Including the return of — well see now, I don't want to spoil it, but the return of a funny character from last season. That was my favorite thing about that vampire tribunal episode — the way we kept it a secret and just watching Twitter and everyone reacting as they saw it for the first time was great.
It’s too bad they weren’t able to keep Mark Hamill’s appearance a surprise, but I’m sure his role will be a fun addition to the show regardless. I also wonder who the “funny character” from Season 1 will turn out to be, but we won’t have to wait too long to find out.