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The past few years have been very exciting for the generations of Star Wars fans out there. With Disney now in charge of the property, there's been a ton of new and exciting content hitting the galaxy far, far away. This includes a new trilogy of movies, in addition to standalone projects like Solo and Rogue One. But according to Mark Hamill, these releases were a bit too close together.
Mark Hamill has been with the Star Wars franchise since A New Hope arrived back in 1977. He recently played a major role as Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi, and is set to appear in J.J. Abrams' mysterious Episode IX. While Hamill is the biggest Star Wars cheerleader, he recently admitted that the rapid release schedule might have been a misstep for Disney. As he said:
In our day, it was three years apart. Now they’re two years apart, with a [spinoff] movie in between. I say to the executives at Disney, 'Really? Han Solo five months after our movie? Give it a rest!' They say, 'Well, we have to keep the schedule clear for Mary Poppins.'
Luke Skywalker has spoken. And he seems to think the Star Wars franchise could benefit from spacing out its releases. There has been a new installment in the space opera every year since The Force Awakens arrived, with Solo: A Star Wars Story arriving just months after Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi shocked the fandom. And that isn't something that Mark Hamill necessarily agrees with.
Mark Hamill's comments to Den Of Geek do make sense, and might be a factor into the poor box office performance of Solo. Ron Howard's Star Wars movie is the franchise's first box office failure, and the origin story failed to resonate with moviegoers as a whole. While the blockbuster's behind the scenes drama and the recasting of Han Solo may have factored into it, having another Star Wars release so soon after The Last Jedi likely helped sink Solo in theaters.
Solo's release date being so close to The Last Jedi is also significant because Rian Johnson's sequel was so subversive. Johnson went against all expectations and brought arguably the most divisive movie in the franchise to theaters. And as a result, the naysayers and haters might have been unwilling to take another chance with Solo: A Star Wars Story.
While not exactly 3 years, the gap between Solo and Episode IX should please Mark Hamill. Moviegoers have not had to wait over a year for a new installment since before The Force Awakens arrived in theaters, so hopefully time will amp up anticipation for the final installment in the Skywalker Saga.
Episode IX will arrive in theaters on December 20th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.