What a week for Star Wars news! First Lupita Nyong’o and Brienne of Tarth joined the cast, then J.J. Abrams kinda-confirmed that the Millennium Falcon will be in the movie. Now comes a photo of returning OG trilogy star Mark Hamill, which finally confirms one of the hottest rumors about Episode VII: Yes, Luke Skywalker will have a beard.

In a press photo, Hamill holds a lightsaber alongside new Disney colleague Michael “Micky” Mouse. The beardness of Old Luke strongly implies that the onetime neophyte Jedi will be assuming the role of the Mentor Figure in the new trilogy, just like Obi-Wan in A New Hope and Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace, except not like that second one.

Here’s the full-sized photo:

Credit: Lewis Jacobs/NBC

And for comparison, here’s the photo of my little Donald Duck stormtrooper action figure hanging out with Captain America. Keep in mind: In the next 20 years, Stormtrooper Donald and Captain America could become a movie, or at least a cartoon series on Disney XD.

And because it’s a Friday in the summertime and for some reason Hollywood isn’t releasing any movies starring characters from your childhood, here’s the poster for Patton Oswalt’s Star Wars/Avengers/X-Men/Clash of the Titans movie, which is becoming more likely every day, except that now it would have to also star Elsa from Frozen.

Illustration for EW by Jef Castro; Marvel; Lucasfilm; Disney; Getty Images; Fox; Paramount; NBC[/caption]

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