'Star Wars: Episode 8 - The Last Jedi' stars Mark Hamill and the late Carrie Fisher onstage at the Star Wars Celebration 2015

‘Star Wars: Episode 8’ News: Luke And Leia Reunion Confirmed

Fans can count on a long-awaited reunion of two beloved characters to finally take place in the highly-anticipated film, Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi.

According to Star Wars Net, Pablo Hidalgo, a member of the Lucasfilm Story Group, revealed during Comic-Con Chile that the Skywalker twins will indeed reunite in the sequel.

He revealed that Luke (Mark Hamill) and Leia (Carrie Fisher) will meet again in Star Wars: Episode 8, which is something that fans have been longing to see happen on the big screen.

Hidalgo did not elaborate on the scene, which is understandable as this is something that many fans would not want to be spoiled to them. What’s important is that these two legacy characters will finally see each other again in Star Wars: Episode 8.

In the Vanity Fair photoshoot, Hamill and Fisher can be seen in several photos together. This does not necessarily represent the events in the film, but Hidalgo’s revelation shows that Star Wars: Episode 8 will indeed pave the way for Luke and Leia to come together again.

It is unknown how the two will exactly find their way to each other in Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi. However, Star Wars watcher and YouTuber Mike Zeroh speculates that one possible way is in the form of a flashback before Ben Solo (Adam Driver) became Kylo Ren.

'Star Wars' star Carrie Fisher as General Leia
Leia as seen in ‘Star Wars: Episode 7 – The Force Awakens’ [Image by Disney and Lucasfilm]

Of course, fans would want to see the two reunite in Star Wars Episode 8 in the present time as opposed to a flashback. Perhaps it could be with Leia seeking Luke’s help or the latter coming to her aid during the Resistance’s battle against the First Order.

Zeroh also posits that the reunion could serve as the ending of the film, which will see Luke and Leia head to some place. After all, the latter was supposed to play a major role in Star Wars Episode 9.

Either way, whatever the circumstance the characters find themselves in come Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi, it is expected to be more emotionally impactful after Fisher’s unfortunate and unexpected death last year.

This is as close as fans could get in a major get-together since Han Solo (Harrison Ford) was killed off in Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens, which Hamill considers as a missed opportunity for the original trio’s reunion.

Speaking to Vanity Fair, he explained how the plot in the original Star Wars films that established Luke and Leia sharing some sort of telepathic communication as siblings can come into play.

'Star Wars' star Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
Luke as seen in ‘Star Wars: Episode 7 – The Force Awakens’ [Image by Disney and Lucasfilm]

He applied that in a scene he envisioned for Star Wars Episode 7 where Leia will sense that Han is in danger as he was about to be killed by his own son.

“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 importance of Leia and Luke to witness his death is that it “carries enormous personal resonance” into Star Wars Episode 8. While Han’s best friend Chewbacca was there, Hamill believes it would have been more emotional if Luke and Leia were there to see him murdered, as opposed to “two people who have known Han for…20 minutes,” referring to Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega).

Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi hits cinemas December 15.

[Featured Image by Jesse Grant/Getty Images]

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