We live in the age of spoilers and leaks. It’s nearly impossible for a movie to go into production without some leaks or spoilers getting out there. It’s just the way things are these days and there really isn’t any avoiding it. While Marvel might be tight-lipped about their spoiler Lucasfilm is just as bad. Entertainment Weekly recently spoke to Mark Hamill about the precautions against spoilers they are taking with Star Wars: Episode IX while also revealing a little about what his role could be.
“I still have to go over and do [Episode IX],” Hamill said. “Most of the parts I have coming up beside Star Wars are voiceover — there’s one big one, very high profile, I can’t announce now, that I’m really excited about. You know how it is these days, every time you sign NDAs. I remember back when I read the first Star Wars [script], I was like, ‘Wow, that’s the goofiest thing I’ve ever read.’ I gave it to my best friend to read, and I said, ‘What do you think of it?’ He said, ‘It’s really wild, it’s crazy, can I give it to Meredith?’ ‘Sure, go ahead.’ It went around to all my friends. Of course back then nobody cared. Nowadays it’s like working for some secret deep state government organization, like being in the CIA. They’re going to send rewrites over to Prague on this dark red paper that gives you a headache to read.”
Hamill doing mostly voice-over work is interesting. That dark red paper looks black if someone got ahold of the script and tried to make copies. Everything about this movie is under lock and key including something as basic to movie making as rewrites.
“They’re going to fly [the rewrites] over with somebody from the company,” Hamill said. “They’re going to come and give it to me and wait for me to read it before I give it back. So no pressure! You can’t even keep it overnight. But that’s the way it is now.”
Hamill acknowledges that he’s very old school when it comes to his script and how he goes about learning lines for a movie. However, he also understands that someone wouldn’t hesitate to leak the entire script online.
“I like to make notes, little cartoon drawings in the margins to help me visualize it … whatever you have to do to help remember it,” Hamill said. “You can’t do that in electronic form, it’s so impersonal. I’m old school and long for the days of paper scripts. They wound up letting me keep a script when we were doing [The Last Jedi], but I had to lock it up in a safe every night and then carry it with me and never let it out of my sight. And I can understand why — if [a script] gets out it ruins it for everyone.”
So it sounds like Lucasfilm is doing their best to keep spoilers from leaking but we all know someone will get their hands on something. They always do and then fans that want to remain unspoiled get to spend half of 2019 being paranoid about someone being a jerk. This is your reminder; don’t be a jerk about spoilers. If you come across a spoiler don’t post it somewhere public so you ruin things for other people.
Star Wars: Episode IX, directed by J.J. Abrams, stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams.
It will be flying into theaters December 20th, 2019.