In a day and age where we have leaks, insider scoops, social media and various other ways of getting unwanted information, filmmakers and studios have had to come up with new and clever ways to keep the secrets of their films under wraps, with Star Wars Episode 8 being just another example of that. One of the many reasons why The Force Awakens was received so well, was due to the fact of the majority of the film’s spoiler bits – like Kylo Ren being the son of Han and Leia – were kept from the public until they sat down in theaters.
Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars universe, spoke with Polygon about the lengths Disney is going to, to keep everything Episode 8 related as air tight as possible to avoid leaks:
“Man, I can’t say anything about anything, it’s like working for the CIA! You get your pages in the morning, and they take them from you as you walk so they can shred them before it somehow leaks. You have security lines you have to walk through, both to and from set. And, not to mention, you have to wear these big monk hoods to protect your costume from drones.”
Because of Hamill’s minimal to almost non-existent role in The Force Awakens, it’s without a doubt that Skywalker will have a much bigger role to play in the currently untitled 8th Star Wars film. With that knowledge in mind, the interviewer still attempted to squeeze the tiniest bit of information out of Hamill regarding the film, which the actor then responded with the following:
“I will say this. I was really surprised to see how strongly people reacted to my participation in Episode 7, and now with 8, they’re so incredibly strict that unfortunately, I can’t say anything.”
It comes as no surprise that Hamill was unable to give any details about the film away. We’ll just have to wait until LucasFilm and Disney are ready to give us something about Episode 8. It’s rumored that we might see a very brief teaser in front of Star Wars: Rogue One in December, but there has been no indication from anyone to confirm this.
Star Wars: Episode 8 arrives December 15th, 2017.