Television & Film

What Does Mark Hamill Do in the Shadows?

In a reverse reality, which is more likely to happen: The Joker going batty or Luke Skywalker turning to the dark side? According to Jermaine Clement, why not both?

The creator of the FX show, What We Do in the Shadows announced at the show’s Television Critics Association press day panel that Mark Hamill would be guest staring in a season two episode. No details were given to who he would portray or which episode he would be in. Hamill, a huge fan of the series, took to the Twitter-verse to share his exciting news with his fans.

What We do in the Shadows is based on the 2014 film of the same name and was co-written, directed, and featured Clement (Flight of the Concords) and Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit). The series Stars Kayvan Novak (Four Lions), Matt Berry (The IT Crowd), Natasia Demetriou (Stath Lets Flats), and Harvey Guillen (The Magicians).

Sadly, not all Clement’s news was good. Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart) will not be returning for the next season due to filming conflicts. Clement stated it was “a little disappointing for me as she was planned to be a big character.” He also confirmed that Waikiti would not be directing any episodes this next season after helming three last year. He will be starting Thor: Love and Thunder soon as well as the possibility to returning for season two of The Mandalorian.

Clements did reconfirm his desire to stay away from elements of the movie as much as possible. He also states that season two would add new supernatural characters such as ghosts and witches.

While the show is based off the film, the show’s “film crew” follows three vampires who have been roommates for hundreds of years on Staten Island instead of Wellington, New Zealand (think the Real World meets an Anne Rice book…I mean, what could go wrong?). It debuted in 2019 with 94% critics and 94% viewers rating on Rotten Tomatoes, similar to the film’s 96% critics and 84% viewers rating.


Hamill joins a long line of guest stars which include Evan Rachel Wood, Wesley Snipe, and Tilda Swinton, the last two reprising their famous vampire roles from Blade and Only Lovers Left Alive respectively.

The series is produced by FX Productions with Clements and Waititi both executive producing with Paul Simms, Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, and Garrett Basch.

Season two will premiere on April 15th on FX and stream on Hulu the next day.

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