In recent interviews, Mark Hamill expressed that he thought he would have a bigger role, or a role at all in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He even stated at the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando that he trained for 50 weeks before he learned that he would only appear in the movie until its last scene. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Hamill explained what he thought would happen toward the end of The Force Awakens and it is pretty epic.
“Now, remember, one of the plots in the earlier films was the telepathic communication between my sister and me,” Hamill said. “So I thought, Carrie will sense that Han is in danger and try to contact me. And she won’t succeed, and, in frustration, she’ll go herself. Then we’re in the situation where all three of us are together, which is one of my favorite things in the original film, when we were on the Death Star. It’s just got a fun dynamic to it. So I thought it would have been more effective, and I still feel this way, though it’s just my opinion, that Leia would make it as far as she can, and, right when she is apprehended, maybe even facing death—Ba-boom! I come in and blow the guy away and the two of us go to where Han is facing off with his son, but we’re too late. The reason that’s important is that we witness his death, which carries enormous personal resonance into the next picture. As it is, Chewie’s there, and how much can you get out of [passable Chewbacca wail] ‘Nyaaarghhh!’ and two people who have known Han for, what, 20 minutes?”
Obliviously, J.J. Abrams had other plans but it’s cool because it all worked out in the end. Plus, Luke will get a lot more screen time in The Last Jedi due to Abrams’ decision in The Force Awakens.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will arrive in theaters December 15.