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Mark Hamill talks Episode VIII at Star Wars Celebration

May the Force be with You is a thing of the past

During his panel at Lucasfilm's annual Star Wars Celebration, this year being held in London, Mark Hamill took a few minutes to talk briefly about Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Although Hamill couldn't say much — something he mentioned at the top of the hour-long panel — he mentioned that there were so many new catchphrases in Rian Johnson's film that "May the Force be with you" would feel like a thing of the past by the time fans saw the movie, according to Variety.

"I was looping Episode VIII yesterday. Rian Johnson is amazing. His dialogue will make you forget ‘May the Force be with you'," Hamill told the crowd.

Episode VIII, which just finished filming a couple of days ago, will focus much more heavily on Luke Skywalker and his relationship with Rey, played by Daisy Ridley. Unlike The Force Awakens, which Hamill appeared in at the very end for a minute, the actor will have a lot more work to do in the second film. Hamill spoke about how his character was revealed in The Force Awakens, and said despite there not being a lot of work to do, he was incredibly nervous about how he would be received by fans.

"Say I turned and people groaned," Hamill said. "But I want to do all movies like that — 30 seconds work and second billing. It's the most elaborate entrance in show business history. I wasn't insulted. I thought it was a great surprise."

When it comes to the series, the surprises are some of the most important parts, Hamill said, and Lucasfilm goes to extraordinary lengths to ensure that they're kept a secret until the film is out. He said that he's only allowed to have the script to one scene at a time on him and once they're finished, they shred the papers.

Hamill's panel marked the beginning of the three day Celebration festival. Those that want to tune in can catch the full schedule and livestream here.

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