On Twitter on Saturday, actor Mark Hamill (Luke) posted a sweet picture of the pair’s reunion. In the photo, he gently hugs co-star Harrison Ford (Han), who he hasn’t been seen with in a movie since The Return of the Jedi in 1983.
“What a Han/Luke reunion might have been like…” he tweeted, acknowledging that the two will never meet again in the franchise’s upcoming films. Han was killed off in The Force Awakens in a dramatic exit that even stunned Hamill.
In an interview with Den of Geek, he said, “I just thought, Luke’s never going to see his best friend again. You look at it in a self-centered way. I said that it was a big mistake that those three people would never reunite in any way… Luke, Han and Leia will never be together again, and I’ll probably never get to work with Harrison again.”
Fans shared Hamill’s feelings about the duo’s demise. One commented, “Not giving us this reunion on screen and [seeing them] all united again fighting against tyranny is the single greatest crime in the history of Star Wars. Seriously what the F was JJ Abrams thinking????”
And while Luke was subsequently killed off in The Last Jedi, Hamill has said he will return for a cameo in the still-untitled Star Wars: Episode IX, which is set to be released in December 2019.
What a Han/Luke reunion might have been like… pic.twitter.com/E6LXnWAwhe
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) March 9, 2019