Roughly 99.7% of the "news" about Star Wars: Episode VII turns out to be complete bullsh*t. But the fact that Luke Skywalker is rocking an awesome Jedi beard has been confirmed as a fact.
Let that sink in for a minute. You'll always remember where you were when you heard about this.
Actor Mark Hamill proudly posted this pic on his Instagram account, much to the delight of pathetic dorks everywhere (myself included). And the new look makes complete sense, given the propensity of some of our favorite Jedi to rock facial hair. Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Ki-Adi-Mundi all had pretty tight beards, so why wouldn't Luke Skywalker want to follow in their footsteps?
Hamill's new look is the exact opposite of the approach taken by costar Carrie Fisher. After repising her role as Princess Leia, the actress began shaving her facial hair for the first time in over a decade.
Looking good, princess! (Source)