At Walt Disney’s annual showcase event, D23, Chairman and CEO Bob iger welcomed a number of entertainment giants as they became a part of the Disney legacy.
Among this year’s newest batch of Disney Legends, Star Wars actors Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill.
“Carrie has been an iconic part of the Star Wars franchise, as you saw, from the very beginning,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said. “We all miss her talent, her wit, and her friendship.”
“This December, we will release her final film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Iger added, while also pointed out that she brought her heart and humor to the role. “We’re fortunate to have worked with her. We’re incredibly proud to call her a Disney Legend.”
Not only has Hamill played the farm boy turned Jedi on the big screen in the Star Wars movies, he has lent his voice to Disney animated TV series such as Miles from Tomorrowland and Milo Murphy’s Law. Hamill spoke about his vast collection of Disney memorabilia and mentioned that he is such a devotee of all things Disney that his son’s middle name is Elias, in honor of Walt. He said it is impossible to truly express his gratitude, confessing that he feels like Lou Gehrig, referencing the baseball player’s famous quote, “Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”
Both Hamill and Fisher will take to the big screen once again as Luke Skywalker and General Leia Organa in Star Wars: The Last Jedi that will be released December 15, 2017.