What We Do in the Shadows is bringing in some star power from a galaxy far, far away for season 2. It's been revealed that Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, is set to guest star in the sophomore season of the FX series. Details regarding Hamill's role remain under wraps for the time being, but the news was initially confirmed at the Television Critics Association winter press tour by series co-creator Jemaine Clement.
Mark Hamill had previously hinted that he had a project in the works that he was very excited for, but couldn't talk about. Once Jemaine Clement let the news slip at the TCAs, Hamill took the opportunity to express his enthusiasm publically. Taking to Twitter, Hamill had this to say.
"Remember when I told you about a project I really, really, really, really loved but it was under an NDA? Well, Jemaine Clement just let the bat out of the bag & announced I'll soon be visiting my favorite undead family on What We Do In the Shadows. What Will I Do In The Shadows? #StayTuned."
While the show gained a star in Mark Hamill, it also lost one heading into season 2. Booksmart star Beanie Feldstein, who played Jenna in season 1, will not be returning due to her busy schedule. Jemaine Clement said they had big plans for Jenna that they ultimately had to find a workaround for since Feldstein couldn't fit this in. Also on hand at the TCAs to discuss season 2 were series stars Matt Berry (Laszlo), Natasia Demetriou (Nadia), Harvey Guillen (Guillermo) and Mark Proksch (Colin). Teasing what to expect from the upcoming batch of new episodes, Berry had this to say.
"I have to leave the house and change my name because I've done something despicable, so that's a lot of fun. There's Elvis ... he pops up. He was made into a vampire in '77 and he's in the basement."
What We Do In the Shadows started life as a movie directed by Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok). After making the rounds on the festival circuit, where it generated a lot of buzz, it was released theatrically in 2015. The movie grossed a very modest $6 million at the box office, working from a budget of less than $2 million. But word of mouth carried the movie quite far, turning it into a modern cult classic. That helped turn it into a now successful TV show on FX.
Stefani Robinson (Atlanta) is set to serve as co-showrunner with Jemaine Clement on season 2. Taika Waititi's busy filming schedule, with Next Goal Wins and Thor: Love and Thunder, has forced him to take a step back this year. Waititi directed three episodes of the show's first season. What We Do In the Shadows season 2 debuts on Wednesday, April 15 on FX. Be sure to check out the post from Mark Hamill's Twitter account for yourself.