With the first trailer of Star Wars The Last Jedi out, Mark Hamill has opened up about the much-awaited reunion of Han Solo and Luke Skywalker that never happened in the JJ Abram-directed film. The actor revealed that he wanted an emotional scene for the death of the captain of the Millenium Falcon.
In the actual scene, General Leia Organa urges Harrison Ford's character to bring their son Ben Solo (Kylo Ren) alive from the Republic facility where Rey was held captive. Han confronts Kylo, who has fallen into the Dark Side, calls him by his birth name and begs him to abandon the dark force. But realising that his father was using emotional tactics to take him back (just like Luke did with Darth Vader and brought back Anakin from the dark force in the Return of the Jedi), the commander of the First Order refuses to bow down and kills Han.
As Han died in the film much before the former Jedi master's appearance, Hamill thinks his "crazy" and high-octane emotional version could have had more impact on fans. "When I was reading it, I thought if Leia is trying to mentally contact me and she is unsuccessful, she'll rush to his [Han's] aid and get into some dire situation, and that's when I show up. I save her life, and then we rush to Han, and then we are in the same position that Rey and Finn and Chewie are — too late to save him," he told Fandango's Erik Davis at the Star Wars Celebration.
Giving a nod to Hamill's version, fans think that lack of a major reunion between Leia, Han and Luke was a great bummer. "That is an idea that would have improved the film greatly, yes," a fan commented on the interview video shared on Twitter by Davis.
Die hard Star Wars fans are wishing that director Rian Johnson will play Luke's story better in the upcoming movie and not just dramatically play his name around with very little screen space for the character himself.
Though Hamil's wish for a reunion was far from fulfilled in the film, he definitely had an off-screen reunion with Ford and shared the moment with his fans on Twitter.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will hit theatres on 15 December.