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'Star Wars' countdown: What’s up with Mark Hamill?

Carrie Fisher, from left, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford attend Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at Comic-Con
Carrie Fisher, from left, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford attend Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at Comic-Con Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

The following comments are based on pure speculation and not based on any inside information, visions of the future or secrets paid for with the tears of unicorns.

The biggest mystery surrounding “Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens” has to do with Mark Hamill’s role. Since he was one of the three original members of the “Star Wars” cast to show up earlier this year at the Star Wars Convention, it’s pretty clear he’s in the movie.

Although, in an interview Hamill did a month ago with an online site, he would neither confirm no deny he was in the movie. That’s changed as he made it clear in an interview with the magazine “Famous Monsters of Filmland,” that he was proud to be part of the new film because it establishes the new heroes and villains for the franchise.

Here comes the speculation.

Is Hamill playing a hero or villain? He’s obviously reprising his role as Luke Skywalker. But, when you are the son of Darth Vader, anything can happen.

There have been no obvious clues to the nature of the character as the only time it looks like Skywalker is in one of the trailer’s is the first one where we see a mechanical hand touching R2-D2. Unless Skywalker is wearing a disguise, he’s not on the official movie poster.

That may be why Hamill has not been on the interview circuit like fellow cast members Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. Journalists are being invited to interview several of the cast members next month and Hamill is not on the list.

I can neither confirm nor deny I will be part of the journalists who will be doing interviews at an undisclosed location on an undisclosed day. Speculate all you want.

Keeping Hamill away from the press is smart. The best way to keep a secret is to not talk at all.

It also creates a lot of conversations that go toward promoting the movie. As if the film needs anymore hype.

Rick Bentley: 559-441-6355, @RickBentley1

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