How George Lucas' Star Wars Episode IX would have differed

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars The Last Jedi

With just two weeks to go until the Blu-ray release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm has released a new clip which sees Luke Skywalker receiving a visit from an old friend.

This bittersweet finale formed part of Lucas' "overall arc" for the Star Wars franchise, though as The Last Jedi attests, Lucasfilm's billion-dollar juggernaut is now in the process of passing down the torch to the next generation - namely John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac.

Speaking with IGN, Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill discussed the differences in how The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson portrayed the famous Jedi.

(9NEWS) Fisher died in 2016, during filming of the last Star Wars film The Last Jedi.

The book also includes illustrations throughout by artist Nicolas Delort.

He says her character - Princess Leia - would have had a more prominent role in the next movie to be released, Episode 9, adding the pair would often cause mischief on set. Hamill expressed his reservations about Luke's story arc back in December, saying, "He's not my Luke Skywalker, but I had to do what Rian wanted me to do because it serves the story well". "My first reaction was, 'Can't we push this off until [Episode] 9?"

George Lucas would have had a different idea as Hamill states below. After Revenge of the Sith Lucas made it clear there will never be 9 episodes, of course Disney could not be denied. The actor said that Lucas had an overall outline for the movies, which differs from the way Disney has been operating, passing on the baton from director to director. "George had an overall arc - if he didn't have all the details", Hamill said, "he had sort of an overall feel for where the [sequel trilogy was] going..." "It's an ever-evolving, living, breathing thing". Luke has suffered more than most, as the decisions from our favorite Jedi in the new trilogy doesn't really follow the Luke we all know and love.

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