Even with the overwhelmingly positive first reactions to Star Wars: The Last Jedi and his very positive attitude during his press appearances, it seems Mark Hamill still has a few doubts rattling around about the new direction both Disney and Lucasfilm have taken with the new trilogy.
In a recent interview with Metro, Hamill says he still wonders what might have happened if Disney had gone with Lucas' original ideas for Episodes 7, 8 and 9.
“What I wish is that they had been more accepting of his guidance and advice. Because he had an outline for ‘7,’ ‘8,’ and ‘9.’ And it is vastly different to what they have done.”
In a 2015 Star Wars Vanity Fair cover story, writer Bruce Handy reported, "Lucas’s treatment had centered on very young characters—teenagers," which Lucasfilm felt "might have struck Disney executives as veering too close for comfort to The Phantom Menace and its 9-year-old Anakin Skywalker and 13-year-old Queen Amidala." Whether it was the similarities to the prequel or the concern about doing another trilogy around young actors, Kathleen Kennedy did tell Handy they'd made changes but they were made “exactly the way you would in any development process.”
Lucas himself admitted to being bothered by the abandonment of his original ideas when he spoke to Charlie Rose in December of 2015 and decided it would be better if he just wasn't involved. "I'm just going to cause trouble, because they're not going to do what I want them to do. And I don't have the control to do that anymore." He also made a few comments that caused a bit of a stir, but whatever George Lucas feels about the issue these days, the apology he gave after the whole incident seems to be his official last word on the subject.
It makes sense that Hamill's first loyalty would be to George Lucas, the man who created the role the actor is playing all these years later, but he also knows his return to the Star Wars universe is being shepherded by a new team.
“I don’t want to be an old stick-in-the-mud. There were the originals. There’s the prequels. But that’s all George. And now we have the next generation. And as far as I can see they are more popular than ever.”
Based on what we're seeing so far, the Jedi Master is absolutely right.