Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker only re-entered The Skywalker Saga at the very end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so he never got to see Han Solo again. Hamill shared a photo with Harrison Ford, giving fans his imagined look at what their reunion could've looked like, and fans replied with some strong emotions:
Maybe Lucasfilm should just let Mark Hamill retcon Star Wars' Skywalker Saga. He has been open with his ... let's call it surprise on the direction of Luke Skywalker's story in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. He also recently expressed sadness that the new trilogy will never be able to have Luke, Leia, and Han Solo reunite. Han Solo was killed by his own son in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and sadly we lost actress Carrie Fisher in real life after The Last Jedi was filmed.
It has already been revealed that Carrie Fisher's General Leia Organa will appear in Star Wars: Episode IX through used footage from J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens. And we know Mark Hamill is returning for Episode IX, despite Luke's apparent death at the end of The Last Jedi. So if Luke is returning, does that give hope that we could see spirit Han Solo again -- like the Force ghosts who gathered at the end of Return of the Jedi?
Han Solo wasn't a Jedi, but he's Han, so ... it would just be great to see him again, even if Harrison Ford only agreed to a cameo. But at this point Episode IX is finished filming, and Mark Hamill knows what they filmed. So if his photo is the imagined Han/Luke reunion, it sounds like even Force ghost dreams may not come true.
Han Solo and Luke Skywalker were last seen together in Episode VI, Return of the Jedi. But Han and Leia's son Kylo Ren was later trained by Luke Skywalker. That went wrong in spectacular fashion, as we learned in The Last Jedi.
Fans have voiced many frustrations with the first two films in the new trilogy, with one being the lack of the original trio -- Luke, Leia, and Han. The Force Awakens even had Leia hug new character Rey after Han died, instead of embracing Han's best friend Chewbacca. Episode IX is bringing back one old school frenemy in Lando, and it will be great to see him again, but it can't make up for the missed opportunity of getting the old gang back together again for the end of the Saga.
Star War: Episode IX has a lot of questions to answer, including how Luke returns and how we say goodbye to Leia on screen. Also, the title would be nice. Some answers, and maybe a trailer, could be coming soon via Star Wars Celebration 2019. The movie itself opens in theaters December 20 as one of the many movies heading to the big screen in 2019.