Mark Hamill Reveals Leia Was Meant to Have a More Prominent Role in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

Written By: Artur Galvao

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi hitting theatres in just over two months, fans are now looking towards the future with Star Wars: Episode IX. The film was put into a tailspin when news broke that Carrie Fisher tragically passed away earlier this year. Fans already knew that Leia will not be appearing in the film in any capacity but now we know that she would have played a major role in the film thanks to Mark Hamill.

During his panel at New York Comic Con this past weekend, Hamill spoke about how Episode IX was meant to be Leia’s big moment in the sequel trilogy:

“You’re going to really love her in (The Last Jedi). I know they’re going to try and find a way to close her story in (Episode) 9 that gives her the respect she deserves, because (Han Solo) was more prominent in 7 (The Force Awakens), Luke’s a little more prominent in 8, and certainly Leia was meant to be more prominent in 9.”

It certainly seemed that Lucasfilm and Disney had plans to use the original three franchise stars in each film of the new Star Wars trilogy. Recent reports have suggested that The Last Jedi was not altered heavily to compensate for Fisher not appearing in Episode IXwhich coincides with Hamill’s statement on Episode VIII really being his film.

Star Wars: Episode IX hits theatres on December 20, 2019. 

Don’t forget, make sure you’re watching Monday Night Football tonight (Minnesota Vikings Vs. Chicago Bears) to get a first look at Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s new trailer! 

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