Mark Hamill wanted a Luke and Han reunion in ‘The Force Awakens,’ and it would have been great

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Han Solo says goodbye to the ‘Star Wars’ universe in ‘The Force Awakens.’ Disney/LucasFilm

Mark Hamill has revealed his own idea he had for Han Solo’s tragic demise in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and it’s gotten the army of “Star Wars” fans very excited.

While talking to a reporter at the recent Star Wars Celebration, the Luke Skywalker actor revealed how he wished Han Solo’s death scene would have played out in “The Force Awakens,” in a way that would have involved a reunion for Luke and Han and Leia (sort of).

When Hamill first read the script for “Force Awakens,” he said he thought of how he would have liked to see Luke, Leia, and Han in the same place one final time. Han’s death at the hands of his own son, Kylo Ren, would have stayed intact, but with some new players. Here’s what he said:

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, but witnesses.

The death of Han Solo toward the end of the movie was already emotionally wrenching, but the addition of Luke and Leia as witnesses would have made it more so. Then again, it also would have undercut the subplot of Luke’s absence. And bringing him and Leia onto the Starkiller Base, with everything else (including Rey’s duel with Kylo Ren), might’ve just been too much to follow.

Still, it’s hard not to want to see Hamill’s alternate “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” cut.

See Mark Hamill talk about his idea for the alternate ending below:


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