Mark Hamill has opened up about the idea of recasting Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia in Star Wars: Episode IX, and in short, he says it should not and will not happen.
When Carrie Fisher died in December 2016 it was a loss felt by Star Wars fans the world over. Yet along with the grief that came with her death came the question, what’s going to happen to Princess Leia in Star Wars: Episode IX? It was something that many fans were asking themselves, but also a question that needed to be addressed by Disney and Lucasfilm.
Recently people have been suggesting that Merryl Streep should play Leia Organa in Episode IX and the idea has gained some traction online. However, when the question was posed to Mark Hamill by Collider, his response was quite definite; Leia should not, and cannot be replaced. Check out what he said below.
“First of all, I don’t know what the specific plans were for that character, but just the way Han Solo was more prominent in 7, Luke was more prominent in 8, we assumed that Leia would be more prominent in 9, especially since the dynamic of having Kylo Ren as her son… I think it would be tough recasting, only because she’s so indelibly linked with that character. They’ve already ruled out the idea of computer-generating her performance like they did with Peter Cushing, so, gee, that’s gotta be a really… not an insurmountable problem, but I know the script had been developed enough that when we lost her, they had to go back to square one. But she’s irreplaceable, as far as I’m concerned.”
The loss of Fisher is tough, for her family, her friends, her employers, and yes, her many fans. I don’t think it would be fair for her and the person who’d they get to replace her should Disney decide to recast Leia. As Hamill himself said, she’s irreplaceable.
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