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Mark Hamill confirms Luke will return in Star Wars: Episode IX

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Sep 25, 2019, 12:51 PM EDT (Updated)

Star Wars: Episode IX has some big shoes to fill after following the controversial hit The Last Jedi, but J.J. Abrams' return to the series will have plenty of support from one series mainstay: Mark Hamill. That's right, Luke Skywalker himself is appearing in the new film after disappearing into Force dust at the end of the previous film.

Other than that? Well, we just don't know yet, which the actor made sure of when he broke the news on Twitter. Check it out:

The Force Ghost with the most will possibly provide guidance and lectures just like ol' Obi-Wan Kenobi did back in the day, completing the training cycle and giving full closure to one of the series' greatest heroes. We'd known that Hamill would likely appear after his name showed up alongside Anthony Daniels', Billy Dee Williams', and the late Carrie Fisher's on the returning cast list.

This also feeds into the theory that Abrams might be softening some of director Rian Johnson's creative decisions in the previous film — though even the power of Bad Robot can't bring people back from the dead.

Star Wars: Episode IX hits theaters on Dec. 20, 2019.