One of the most exciting facts about Star Wars: Episode VII, aside from the mere fact that it’s actually happening, is that the big three from the original trilogy—Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), and Han Solo (Harrison Ford)—are back for further adventures. These were career defining roles for all three of them—okay, Ford has had a long, illustrious career, but for Hamill and Fisher, this was the peak—and as you can imagine, being back in that galaxy far, far away is bringing up all kinds of memories and emotions. Hamill, especially, has a decent amount to say about the matter.
Sporting a scruffy, rugged man-beard, Hamill appeared at the Guardians of the Galaxy premiere and spoke to the BBC. If you buy the rumors about the plot that started circulating earlier this week about Luke being incommunicado for the 30-years since the end of Return of the Jedi, this look could certainly indicate that he’s been in hiding, like some crazy old coot out in the woods. (Perhaps he’s taken refuge on that gorgeous island off of the Irish coast that Episode VII recently rented out for filming.)