With his Last Jedi press obligations completely out of the way following the sequel's release on Blu-ray and DVD, Mark Hamill is letting the world know how he truly feels. The man we once knew as Luke Skywalker says that he "doesn't care anymore" about returning to the Star Wars universe after the death of Carrie Fisher. Hamill could very well end up returning for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars 9 after the death of his character in the previous movie, appearing as a Force Ghost. But it appears that the idea of returning has been "tarnished" for the actor since Fisher died in December of 2016. The Han Solo character is dead, Leia reportedly won't be in the next installment, and Mark Hamill is unsure about returning now that he's the last one who can.
Mark Hamill probably gets asked multiple times a day about returning to the Star Wars universe, which is still possible. But will he? If this new interview is any indication, it might take some serious convincing to get him on board again. Hamill is not afraid to voice his opinions, he did so regularly during the production and promotional campaign for The Last Jedi, so he really might not care about returning again. He had this to say.
"You asked earlier, Are you going to come back? I don't care anymore."
The death of Carrie Fisher deeply affected Mark Hamill and his family, so it's hard for him to get excited about working on a new Star Wars movie. Hamill says that the joy of returning has been "tarnished" as a result of Fisher's death, after calling the late actress "irreplaceable." Lucasfilm has already stated that they will not be bringing back a digital version of Fisher for Star Wars 9, which leaves a hole that will be felt by fans from all over the world.
When it comes to Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill is just happy that he ever got to work with her at all. And when it comes to wanting more of her in Star Wars, he is "just grateful that we had the time with her that we did." Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher were large parts of the new trilogy and the big reason why fans went to see the movies in the first place, so Lucasfilm could be in quite the bind if they want Star Wars 9 to perform as well as the last two installments.
Mark Hamill's current feelings about returning to the Star Wars universe are understandable and will definitely make it harder for him to return, if he is persuaded. Regardless, Star Wars 9 will begin production this summer with or without Hamill, which will be interesting. Though Luke died in The Last Jedi, many fans were holding out hope that he would be around in the final installment to help guide Rey to further her Jedi training. However, she may not need him now that she has the sacred Jedi texts. We'll have to wait and see, but it certainly seems that Hamill has no interest in returning at this time. You can watch the rest of the interview with Mark Hamill over at ABC News.