Mark Hamill Reveals the ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Ending George Lucas Had in Mind

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There aren’t too many film franchises out there with the type of ravenous love and expectation-carrying tendencies shown by the Star Wars fanbase.

Having fans feeling an “ownership” of sorts is both a good and bad thing, considering you’ll no doubt sell tonnes of tickets while threatening to disappoint those that want things their way – or not at all. The outcry from many regarding some of Rian Johnson’s decisions in Star Wars: The Last Jedi was loud and clear, although there is, of course, outspoken parties on both sides. You can count Luke Skywalker himself among those not very happy with what Johnson went with.

‘The Last Jedi’ spoilers ahead…

Yes, Mark Hamill has expressed his misgiving about Skywalker’s treatment in The Last Jedi in the past:

“I said to Rian, ‘Jedis don’t give up,'”, Hamill said back in December. ” I mean, even if [Luke] had a problem, he would maybe take a year to try and regroup, but if he made a mistake, he would try and right that wrong, so right there, we had a fundamental difference.”

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And now Hamill’s revealed a little of what we could have gotten if George Lucas were still in charge creatively. According to Hamill, Skywalker would have still met his end, but it wouldn’t have been until the next movie.

“I happen to know that George didn’t kill Luke until the end of [Episode] 9, after he trained Leia, which is another thread that was never played upon [in The Last Jedi].” Hamill has told the folks at IGN.

So yeah, it’s clear that, naturally, major differences began once Lucas left and Disney took over. Hamill says that even if Lucas had not written all the scripts, he had an idea as to where the Star Wars narrative was going.

“George had an overall arc – if he didn’t have all the details, he had sort of an overall feel for where the [sequel trilogy was] going – but this one’s more like a relay race. You run and hand the torch off to the next guy, he picks it up and goes.”

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And while Johnson had control (as both writer and director) of The Last Jedi and is on board to oversee a new trilogy, Hamill points out that he’s not connected to the upcoming episode. The still-untitled Episode IX was originally to be directed by Colin Trevorrow, but creative differences led to his exit. The Force Awakens helmer J.J. Abrams was brought on board to wrap up the trilogy he kicked off.

“Ryan didn’t write what happens in 9 – he was going to hand it off to, originally, Colin Trevorrow and now J.J. […] It’s an ever-evolving, living, breathing thing,” Hamill said. “Whoever’s onboard gets to play with the life-size action figures that we all are.”

Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled to open in the U.S. on December 20, 2019.

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