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Mark Hamill: Tough to Recast Leia in Star Wars IX

@HamillHimself says Carrie Fisher is "irreplaceable."

Mark Hamill

Luke Skywalker’s alter ego — Mark Hamill — is an excellent interview.

Case in point: Speaking to Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub over on Collider and regarding questions about Leia Organa’s role in Star Wars: Episode IX, Hamill spoke eloquently about the possibility of someone else filling the spot of his late friend Carrie Fisher.

Tough Robes to Fill

“We assumed Leia would be more prominent in IX,” Hamill told Weintraub, noting that Fisher’s passing brought the production team back to square one. “I think it would be tough recasting.

“[Carrie Fisher] is so indelibly linked with that character. They’ve already ruled out the idea of computer generating her performance like they did with Peter Cushing [in Rogue One].

“She’s irreplaceable, as far as I am concerned,” he added.

Other Topics

Hamill spoke to several big topics in the Collider interview:

  • His thoughts on Luke being a Force ghost.
  • The possibly of his being in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
  • How the Trumpster came about on Twitter.

Fun stuff all around. Watch the whole interview below and read Weintraub’s intro, here


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A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop became the beat reporter for BostonBruins.com prior to the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smart phone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke in central Massachusetts.
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