Luke Skywalker is coming to Austin to turn South By Southwest into South by ‘Star Wars’

UPDATE, 1:16 p.m. Feb. 23, 2018:

The SXSW tweet was confirmation enough, but now we’ve got confirmation from Hamill that he will be at SXSW, and that this trip will also double as a family reunion of sorts:


Alert, “Star Wars” fans, this is not a drill- Mark Hamill is coming to SXSW.

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Luke Skywalker himself will be in attendance for a screening of “The Director and the Jedi,” a documentary on director Rian Johnson’s first time behind the camera for a “Star Wars” film. 

The film will have its world premiere on March 12 at the Paramount Theater and is available to Platinum Badge and Film Badge holders for primary entry and Music Badge, Interactive Badge and Film Festival Wristband holders for secondary entry.

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Here’s a description of the film, from SXSW’s website:

An intimate documentary delving into Rian Johnson's process as he comes in as a director new to the Star Wars universe. A fan since childhood, he sets out to make the most powerful Star Wars movie he can. Navigating the mammoth production, the scale of which he’s never directed before, we meet his cast and crew, see their individual challenges in bringing the film together, say goodbye to Carrie Fisher, and explore the significance of Rian’s more surprising decisions. 
The documentary gives you a view of what it really was like to make "The Last Jedi". As the team strive to do their best, what shines through is their passion and how memorable an experience it is for Rian as director.

Johnson, who was previously announced as a speaker at this year’s conference, will also be in attendance for the premiere. He tweeted his enthusiasm about the documentary Thursday, which had been kept under wraps until now. He promises more than “talking heads and b-roll”:

In addition to the documentary, Johnson will also speak with his longtime producer Ram Bergman about “Jedi,” “Brick,” “Looper” and “The Brothers Bloom.”

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Perhaps unrelated, Mondo Gallery is holding a “Batman: The Animated Series” art show in Austin on March 9, to be on display until March 12. For those of you not as versed in geekdom as us at Austin 360, in addition to holding the role of Luke Skywalker for 40 years, Hamill has been the voice of The Joker in “Batman: The Animated Series” since 1993.

Nothing is confirmed, but maybe Austin fans will get another chance to meet Hamill Himself at the gallery if they don’t have a SXSW badge? 

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