The Luke Skywalker actor shared his moving message about Carrie Fisher
It’s been a thrilling and emotional few days for the Star Wars community. The official cast list has been revealed and among the names we knew would be there – Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, and John Boyega – came the news that the late, great, Carrie Fisher would be reprising her irreplaceable role as General Leia Organa.
The range of emotions felt by all of us in the fandom are perhaps no better exemplified than by Mark Hamill – also confirmed to return – in the moving tweet he shared.
His message encapsulates a myriad of reactions. Gratitude for the opportunity to send the character off with love and respect, but a deep sadness at having to face the prospect at all. His final thoughts being a reflection on how Fisher will not be replaced in the film and that she would love the global affection for her character, and herself.
As we’ve learned from the statement by J.J. Abrams, the concerns about how to have the character appear were paramount to all involved.
"Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character."
While this acknowledgement is a relief that we’ll be spared any Rogue One style whole-cloth recreations, it does allow for some room of interpretation. Over at the Hollywood Reporter writer Graeme McMillan spells out the “from a certain point of view” of it all:
"Abrams’ comments leave space for some level of postproduction trickery to be applied to the Fisher footage. Presumably, Fisher will be intercut with new footage of actors shot specifically for Episode IX. Will digital trickery be used to make sure that Fisher shares a location with the other cast members?"
From here McMillan goes on to suggest that costuming, and post-production ADR, might factor into enhancing Fishers’ on-screen presence. As Episode IX is being positioned to conclude the Skywalker Saga, having a fully realized General Organa will be essential.
While we await the final return of Carrie Fisher we can all share in the collective gratitude expressed by Hamill.
Star Wars Episode IX is slated to begin filming August 1.