Mark Hamill on possibly recasting Leia: Carrie Fisher is 'irreplaceable'

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Apr 4, 2018

After the tragic passing of actress Carrie Fisher, the world of Star Wars was turned upside down. Since the upcoming close to the newest trilogy was supposed to be a film focused on giving her character closure decades in the making, her death threw wrenches into the works while saddening fans and peers alike. What were they to do without the fearless Leia Organa?

Some believed that she could be reborn in CGI as she was in Rogue One, while other fans advocated for her character to be recast (by Meryl Streep, no less) for her final film. But nobody has more clout in this conversation than her on-screen brother and off-screen bestie, Mark Hamill.

In conversation with Collider, the Luke Skywalker actor opened up about his thoughts on recasting Leia in Episode IX.

Hamill explained that while nothing was set in stone (at least to his knowledge) about Fisher’s role in IX, “we assumed Leia would be more prominent in IX, especially with the dynamic of having Kylo Ren as her son.”

He continued by saying that he knew the script had been developed to the point that “when we lost her, they had to go back to square one.” This builds off of what director Rian Johnson has hinted at for the future of the series and helps explain why Fisher was so pivotal to the franchise.

“I think it’d be tough recasting, because she’s so indelibly linked with that character,” Hamill said. He also confirms that the much-maligned strategy taken in Rogue One won’t be the way to go. “They’ve already ruled out the idea of computer-generating a performance like they did with Peter Cushing,” Hamill explained before calling Fisher “irreplaceable.” While some may still push for the Academy’s favorite actress to enter the Star Wars universe, perhaps the best source of franchise gospel has issued his opinion — and that counts for a lot.