Mark Hamill has admitted that re-casting Carrie Fisher in Episode IX would be “tough”.
Earlier this week, Star Wars fans begun a petition to get Disney to hire an acting icon as a new Princess Leia.
Fans called on Disney, LucasFilm, LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and director JJ Abrams to replace Fisher with Meryl Streep in Episode IX. The petition described Streep as “an ideal candidate”, saying she “has always been known as the greatest actress alive.”
Leia was supposed to be at the centre of the plot for Episode IX, but her death meant the script had to be rewritten. Star Wars producers have said they will not digitally recreate Fisher for future movies, like they did in spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Now, Hamill has said he doesn’t think anyone can replace her.
He told Collider: ”First of all I don’t know what the specific plans were for that character but just the way Han Solo [Harrison Ford] was more prominent in seven, Luke more prominent in eight, we assumed Leia would be more prominent in nine, especially since the dynamic of having Kylo Ren [Adam Driver] as her son.
”I think it would be tough recasting Carrie because she is so indelibly linked to that character.
”They’ve already ruled out of a computer generated performance like they did with Peter Cushing so, gee, that’s gotta be a really, not insurmountable problem, but I know that the script had been in development so that when we lost her they had to go back to square one. But she is irreplaceable, you know, as far as I’m concerned.”
The petition currently has 10,158 supporters at the time of writing, while its goal is to get 11,000.