The unfortunate death of Carrie Fisher undoubtedly affected everyone making The Last Jedi and Episode IX, especially Mark Hamill who considered Fisher his very close friend, some may even call them actual bother and sister.
We all know that Leia and Luke were to have a much bigger story in Episode IX, but with her gone not much is known on how to continue with that character. I have a theory that they will have a time jump and write her off in the opening scrolls. That fits perfectly with the rumor that Leia has cancer following her flight in space in The Last Jedi, hence why she looked frail at the end of the film.
Well earlier this week Mark Hamill sat down with ABC news and told them that he might not want to continue making Star Wars films, especially since the whole original gang is gone.
“It really has tarnished my ability to enjoy it to its fullest,” Hamill said. “You were asking earlier, ‘Are you going to come back?’ I don’t care anymore on that level because Han Solo is gone, Luke is gone. And you just can’t get the band back together the way you wanted it to be, and it shouldn’t be that way. It is what it is. Rather than be sorry that we can’t have more of her, I’m just grateful that we had the time with her that we did.”
I don’t blame Hamill to be honest. Even if JJ brings back Luke as a Force Ghost, it won’t be the same without Han and Leia. Hamill even touched on the thought that they may even just replace Fisher with a new character, some say Meryl Streep.
“I don’t know what the specific plans were for that character, but since Han was more prominent in VII, Luke was more prominent in VIII, we assumed that Leia would be more prominent in IX, especially with the dynamic of Kylo Ren being her son,” Hamill said. “I think it would be tough recasting because she’s so indelibly linked to that character. They’ve already ruled out the idea of computer generating her performance like they did with Peter Cushing, so gee that’s got to be a really, not an insurmountable problem, but … I know the script had been developed enough so when we lost her they had to go back to square one. She’s irreplaceable as far as I’m concerned.”