fisher hamill episode viii fisher hamill episode viii Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher on stage during Future Directors Panel at the Star Wars Celebration 2016 at ExCel on July 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo: Ben A. Pruchnie / Getty Images)

'Star Wars: Episode VIII' may feature an emotional Skywalker family reunion

A recently shared picture from the set of 'Episode VIII' may foretell a reunion between Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia and Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker.

Will "Star Wars: Episode VIII" feature a reunion between siblings Princess Leia and Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker?

Fans eagerly following every hint and behind-the-scenes rumor from the as-yet untitled 8th chapter in the Star Wars franchise were recently given fresh hope that such an emotional moment may be coming. Last week, in the wake of the untimely passing of actress Carrie Fisher, actor Oscar Isaac posted the following tribute to his Facebook account.

The beautiful photo shows both Fisher as General Leia Organa and actor Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in costume. Since both are on set at the same time, speculation is rife that "Episode VIII" may find the pair once again teaming up to defeat the remnants of the evil Empire.

Hamill himself, in a touching tribute posted to The Hollywood Reporter late last week, shared how thankful he was to have shared this last film with Fisher.

"I’m grateful that we stayed friends and got to have this second act with the new movies," he wrote. "I think it was reassuring to her that I was there, the same person, that she could trust me, as critical as we could sometimes be with each other. We ran the gamut over the years, where we were in love with each other, where we hated each other’s guts. 'I’m not speaking to you, you’re such a judgmental, royal brat!' We went through it all. It’s like we were a family."

As for the fate of General Organa, we know that Fisher's character was slated to appear in not only "Episode VIII," but also the yet-to-be-filmed "Episode IX." The producers for both films, American Kathleen Kennedy and Israeli Ram Bergman, will now have the difficult decision of deciding whether to write the character's end off-screen or weave her into the story using state-of-the-art visual effects.

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