While the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy has afforded us the opportunity to revisit some of the most iconic characters in cinematic history, the creative decisions from Lucasfilm and the unfortunate passing of Carrie Fisher has meant that fans never got to see the beloved Original Trilogy trio of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Leia Organa back together on the big screen one last time.
Well, it’s not just fans frustrated by this fact, as Mark Hamill has revealed to THR that he’s also disappointed the trio never reunited in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens – and he even pitched his own idea as to how this could happen.
“Everyone talks about the shock of realizing that in Force Awakens I don’t come in until the last page. A bigger shock to me was them killing Han Solo before Luke could ever see his best friend again. It might be so selfishly motivated, but I said, ‘Holy cow, that’s a real missed opportunity.’ Even having the three of us together briefly.
“I pitched Abrams on the idea of having me come in at the end, but how about Leia’s trying to contact me telepathically. She gets frustrated because there’s no answer, so she rushes to the new Death Star. She almost gets there when she’s stopped by two stormtroopers. Just before she’s abducted, one stormtrooper turns to the other, blows him away, pulls off his helmet and says, ‘Hi sis, I’m here to rescue you.’ I said, ‘It’ll blow the roof off the joint.’
“I’m still in it at the very end and I think it’s more effective to have people who really have a history with Han Solo witness his death and be unable to stop that instead of two characters that have known him, what, 20 minutes? But they get the keys to the kingdom, and they’re the deciders, so you just have to live with it.”
What do you make of Hamill’s pitch to reunite the Original Trilogy heroes? Was it a mistake for J.J. Abrams not to bring the characters back together one last time? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet us @FlickeringMyth…