In The Force Awakens, fans had to say goodbye to Han Solo thanks to a fatal encounter with Kylo Ren. Much more tragically, fans had to say goodbye to Carrie Fisher after her sudden passing last year. While many of her scenes were shot for The Last Jedi, co-star Mark Hamill revealed just how much her passing affected both him and the process of bringing the film to life.
“It is different. She was irreplaceable. There can never be a proper reunion anymore. It’s tragic," Hamill explained to The Vancouver Sun. "I hate that it adds an air of melancholy to the film because it doesn’t deserve it. I know for a fact she would obviously want us to be having fun. She was all about laughter and enjoying the moment."
After news broke that Hamill, Fisher, and Harrison Ford were reprising their roles for The Force Awakens, fans couldn't wait to see the trio together again. While Han and Leia got to share the screen, Luke was in seclusion on Ahch-To, only appearing at the very end.
Hamill claims there can never be a "proper reunion," but comments made earlier this year by John Boyega hinted at the possibility of Luke and Leia sharing scenes together.
When speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about how the film handled sending off Carrie Fisher's character, Boyega explained, "I think the sendoff is really cool. Even before she passed away, I'd see her in scenes and be like, 'This is really cool for both Carrie and Mark,' who are the last two original leads [alive in the franchise]."
The film wasn't intended to be Fisher's final portrayal of the character, causing audiences to wonder how the narrative will explain her departure.
Writer/director Rian Johnson explained to Good Morning America earlier this year that the film "emotionally gives some kind of catharsis, gives some kind of emotional satisfaction, I think so. I know for me it does.”
The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15.
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