Mark Hamill Confirms There Were Bigger Plans For Leia In ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

Star Wars Last Jedi Carrie Fisher LeiaThere’s no denying that the tragic passing of Carrie Fisher has left a hugely significant vacancy in the hearts of her colleagues and fans across the globe. With the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi quickly approaching, one of the biggest looming questions that the film has to address is how will Leia’s departure be handled? We know that there were plans to have the character featured in all three sequel trilogy films. Now Mark Hamill, who plays her on-screen brother Luke Skywalker, has shared that Fisher’s role in Episode IX was meant to be more significant than what she was given to do in both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

In a recent interview with The New York Times, Hamill had this to say about the untimely passing of his longtime frend:

“She deserved that second act. Harrison was more prominent in VII, I’m more prominent in this one, and she was meant to be more prominent in the last one. Her timing was perfect, except in this case.”

The latest trailer for The Last Jedi teased an inevitable confrontation between Leia and her son Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver. With JJ Abrams now taking over directoral and screenwriting duties for Episode IX, he now has the unenviable task of picking up the torch from Rian Johnson and writing out the character of Leia in a way that pays respect to the life and legacy of the late Carrie Fisher.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill as Luke, Carrie Fisher as Leia, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose, Gwendoline Christie as Phasma, Domhnall Gleeson as Hux and Andy Serkis as Snoke.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017.

Source: The New York Times

5 Ways ‘The Last Jedi’ Links To Greater ‘Star Wars’ Canon

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Star Wars The Last JediStar Wars: The Last Jedi is right around the corner. The film is the next chapter in the ongoing Skywalker saga. It’s also unique in the Star Wars films as it is the first one to be an immediate sequel to its predecessor. But that does not mean there won’t be plenty of Easter eggs for fans of the greater Star Wars canon to pick up on and enjoy.

One of the biggest criticisms about the previous Star Wars canon, now dubbed Legends, is that ancillary material never connected. Since Disney has taken over and the establishment of the Star Wars Story Group, that has all changed. The modus operandi has been to have everything connect but not in an intrusive way– one that feels more natural to reward the more hardcore fans as well as to intrigue new fans.

Here are 5 ways The Last Jedi links to greater Star Wars canon. Click Next to get started!

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