Star Wars actor Mark Hamill has played down speculation that he could return for Episode IX, saying that he “doesn’t care” about returning to the franchise after the death of Carrie Fisher.
Fisher passed away in December 2016. Her last film appearance as Princess/General Leia came in 2017’s The Last Jedi, which ends with Luke Skywalker dying.
Having recently said that he “refuses to believe” that his character is gone, Hamill has now spoken about how Fisher’s death has affected matters.
“It really has tarnished my ability to enjoy it to its fullest,” he told ABC News.
“I don’t care any more on that level, because Han Solo is gone, Luke is gone and you just can’t get the band back together the way you wanted it to be, and it shouldn’t be that way.”
Hamill added: “Rather than being sorry that we can’t have more of her, I’m just grateful that we had the time with her that we did.”
Hamill has said that re-casting Fisher in Episode IX would be “tough”.
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.”
Hamill told Collider: “I think it would be tough recasting Carrie because she is so indelibly linked to that character.”