Mark Hamill, the actor famous for his role as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise, recently delighted fans by sharing what he believes to be the first-ever photograph of him in his iconic costume. Taking to Twitter last Saturday, Hamill posted the picture, which was taken on the set of the 1977 film in Tunisia. Standing outside his character's home, the image captured the anticipation of the first day of shooting, as Hamill awaited his initial scene where he emerges for a robot auction. He cleverly captioned the tweet, "Taken in Tunisia early morning Day #1 waiting for my 1st shot (emerging from home for robot auction)-Perhaps the very 1st #LukePic #SW". Although there is no way to verify the authenticity of the claim that it is the first Luke Skywalker photograph, fans couldn't help but marvel at this rare glimpse behind the scenes of the beloved film series, which will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this May.
Hamill has become well-known for his dedication to his fans and frequently uses his Twitter platform to engage with Star Wars enthusiasts. Alongside sharing fan art and Star Wars jokes, he even uses the space to address concerns about the legitimacy of purchased autographs. The actor affectionately refers to his followers as UPFs, or Ultra Passionate Fans, and has openly acknowledged that his dedication to them stems from being a fan himself. In addition to his love for Star Wars, Hamill is also a fan of classic horror films, comedy acts, and television, with a particular fondness for the program Svengoolie.
Fans of the Star Wars saga will be pleased to know that Hamill is set to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker in the upcoming film Episode VIII, titled The Last Jedi, due to be released in December this year. Hamill made a brief appearance in the franchise's previous installment, 2016's The Force Awakens, leaving fans eager to see his character take on a more prominent role in the highly anticipated new film.
Mark Hamill's dedication to his fans and his willingness to interact with them on social media is a testament to his appreciation for the support and enthusiasm they continue to show for the Star Wars franchise. As December approaches, fans from around the world eagerly await the release of The Last Jedi, eager to see Hamill's return to the iconic role that has made him a household name.