Mark Hamill is not sure recasting the role of Leia in “Star Wars: Episode IX” would be such a good idea.
In an interview with Collider, the actor addressed speculation surrounding the upcoming entry in the “Star Wars” saga and how the film will handle the real life death of Carrie Fisher in 2016.
Hamill admitted he doesn’t know exactly what the plans are for “Episode IX”, but that he assumed Leia was originally intended to be a major focus of the film, as Han Solo was in “The Force Awakens” and Luke Skywalker was in “The Last Jedi”.
“I think it would be tough recasting,” Hamill said, “only because she’s so indelibly link[ed] with that character.”
“I know that the script had been developed enough so that when we lost her they had to go back to square one,” he added. “But she’s irreplaceable as far as I’m concerned.”
Hamill was also asked about a recent exchange over Twitter with director James Gunn over the possibility of starring in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”.
“I was just having fun,” the actor said, but added that he would be open to the idea.