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Will Mark Hamill have a role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? James Gunn kicks off chats

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Feb 26, 2018

Could we actually see Mark Hamill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe ? It's now not such a far-fetched idea, and it's all thanks to a fan who got the ball rolling. 

"@JamesGunn, could you do me a huge favour and find a role for @HamillHimself in Guardians 3? The awesomeness of it might end me, but I’m willing to risk it. Thanks," wrote Ian Fee on Twitter. 

This kicked off an exchange between Hamill and Guardians director James Gunn, with the latter inviting Hamill to his home in Malibu so they could discuss it over a cup of coffee. After all, they live around the corner from each other in the beachside city. 

"I would be happy to do so, both as a good neighbor & an unemployed actor. All the best, mh," replied Hamill to Gunn's hospitable invitation. 

Check out the full thread below just to convince yourself we're not making any of this up!

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Whether or not Hamill figured out how DMs work is unclear, but we sure do hope he was able to slide into Gunn's and arrange that momentous coffee date. The Star Wars actor would be a perfect fit for the Guardians universe, as Hamill is already a valuable asset to Disney and, more important, Gunn has a history of planning cameos for folks with some kind of connection to outer space — or incorporating pop-cultural references to them.

For instance, he included David Bowie's "Moonage Daydream" on the soundtrack for the first film. The song is off the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, which chronicles the adventures of an extraterrestrial messenger named Ziggy Stardust (Bowie's alter ego). Gunn even planned a role for Bowie in Vol. 2 as one of Yondu's original crew members before the musician's death in 2016. Nevertheless, another song, "Suffragette City," off the 1972 album was included in marketing material for the sequel.

Cameos that did make it into the movies were Firefly's Nathan Fillion as one of the inmates on the Klyn in Vol. 1, and Independence Day's Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster during the end credits of Vol. 2.

Frozen and Beauty and the Beast actor Josh Gad expressed his shock and awe at the pieces coming together with the following GIF:

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 arrives in May of 2020, but the team will arrive much sooner in Avengers: Infinity War on May 5. At this point, we know Elizabeth Debicki (High Priestess Ayesha of the Sovereign) is a lock for the third film.