Mark Hamill is reflecting as he begins production Star Wars: Episode IX. This will be the first film they go into knowing that the star who made Princess Leia the iconic female hero she was, is no longer with us. Carrie Fisher passed away in 2016
We did not expect Mark Hamill to show face in Episode IX seeing as Luke Skywalker seemingly passed on in The Last Jedi. But he will be in it, in some form.
On Sunday, the actor who plays Luke Skywalker took to social media to pay tribute to Fisher.
In a moving tweet, Mark addressed the news about Fisher appearing in Episode IX as Leia Organa. This will be made possible thanks to a footage which was shot in The Force Awakens.
It’s bittersweet facing my final chapter without her-She is simply irreplaceable. I’m finding solace in the fact that she won’t BE replaced & would love the worldwide outpouring of affection from those who loved her when they heard the news.#CarrieOnForever pic.twitter.com/7ueMqBxQwa
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) July 29, 2018
Mark Hamill’s tweet was filled with emotion. “It’s bittersweet facing my final chapter without her,” he said. “She is simply irreplaceable. I’m finding solace in the fact that she won’t BE replaced & would love the worldwide outpouring of affection from those who loved her when they heard the news. #CarrieOnForever.” This was followed by a series of their photos which were taken on the set of The Last Jedi and the making of the original trilogy, as well as photos posted in tribute to Fisher (“Our Princess”) by The Last Jedi.
Only last week, Lucasfilm announced that Episode IX will begin production in London’s Pinewood Studios. This expected to take place on Wednesday, with director J.J. Abrams at the helm.
In a statement, Abrams had this to say about Fisher’s demise; “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher. Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”
Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled to hit theaters December 2019.
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