‘Star Wars’ Icon Mark Hamill Just Blew Up the Internet With a Single Tweet

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There are few actors more connected to a single IP than Mark Hamill is to the Star Wars franchise. The Star Wars legend has played Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker for over 40 years, beginning in George Lucas’s original Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977).

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Hamill went on to appear as Skywalker in four more Skywalker Saga films — the rest of the original trilogy, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi (1983), and two sequel trilogy movies, Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017) and, very briefly, in Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019).

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The actor also, of course, made his epic return to the Star Wars universe as a CGI version of Return of the Jedi-era Skywalker in Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s The Mandalorian Season 2 finale episode (“Chapter 16: The Rescue”), shocking Star Wars fans everywhere.

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Over the years, Hamill has garnered a huge social media following and is known for his regular posts, including behind-the-scenes stories about Star Wars costars like Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia Organa), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian).

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Now, the actor has blown up the internet again with a single hilarious Tweet. It began when a Twitter user named Lauren posted:

@HamillHimself you could just tweet ‘Mark Hamill’ and you’d get thousands of likes.

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True to form, Hamill re-Tweeted the original post and simply wrote, “Mark Hamill”. The Tweet has over 500,000 likes and nearly 4,500 comments at the time of this article’s publication.

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Hamill’s followers immediately began replying to the post, with Jason Wars writing:

Okay, what happens when you tweet “Carrie Fisher?”

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Two hours after Hamill’s Tweet, a follower going by Blue posted “TWO HOURS” with a screenshot of the 111,000 likes the post had garnered in that period of time.

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Alex S. replied to Ben Dukes, quipping:

well, the force is strong with this one

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Robert J Molnar believes Hamill should have a Twitter verification level all his own:

twitter needs to create a unique color checkmark just for you…..like, the lambo of checkmarks.

I have no color what that should be….green maybe, in honor of Yoda?

Star Trek legend — and Star Wars voice actor — George Takei even weighed in on the viral challenge, posting:

Mark Hamill.

And now we wait.

As for Hamill’s future in the Star Wars galaxy, it remains to be seen.

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Since Skywalker left with Grogu (AKA “Baby Yoda”) as his Padawan after rescuing bounty hunter Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), Cara Dune (Gina Carano), Koska Reeves (Sasha Banks), Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) from Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) and his Dark Trooper droids, it is almost a foregone conclusion that the character will be back in The Mandalorian universe.

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However, whether he comes back in The Mandalorian Season 3, a spinoff series like Ahsoka or The Book of Boba Fett, or even the rumored Luke Skywalker show we do not yet know. It also remains unconfirmed if a CGI Hamill will continue to “play” Skywalker or if he will be recast, perhaps with the MCU’s Sebastian Stan, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Hamill in his younger years.

Are you looking forward to seeing what Hamill does next in Star Wars?

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