Star Wars Stormtroopers
Models of First Order's Stormtrooper Battle Buddy from the film "Star Wars - The Force Awakens" are displayed in a shop in Shanghai, China, January 19, 2016. Reuters/Stringer

“Star Wars: Episode 8” could feature the death of another major character. One of the cast members of the movie seemingly teased the death of his character in a recent interview. The actor later clarified his statements, but the speculation is rife online.

[Spoiler alert] Luke Skywalker may die in the next installment that is being directed by Rian Johnson. At a special event staged by the Big Issue magazine at Highgate in London, Mark Hamill said that he would be “out of work” after he finishes filming this movie, Den of Geek reports.

The comment is being seen as an indication that his character will die in the movie. Hamill, however, attempted to clarify his statement online later.

On his Twitter page he said that he meant he would be “out of work” because the filming of the movie is “wrapping soon,” and not that he won’t be appearing in “Star Wars: Episode 9.” Many of the fans believe that Hamill just meant that he will not have anything to do immediately post filming, as there will be along gap till the production of the next movie starts.

The fans point out that Luke is so important that even if he dies in “Star Wars: Episode 8” he would appear as a Force Ghost later. Others, however, are of the opinion that it is only natural for the cast from the original trilogy to be killed off one by one, to allow the younger characters to take their place.

The first victim of this was Han Solo (Harrison Ford), who died in dramatic fashion in “The Force Awakens.” The main task of Luke in “Star Wars: Episode 8” appears to be to train Rey (Daisy Ridley) in the ways of The Force. Will the old Jedi Master live on after his work is done? Or will he live on to a build new Jedi Temple and Jedi Academy, to train more people?