The security measures for the next “Star Wars” movie are tighter and thornier than a Sarlacc pit. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Mark Hamill compared obtaining pages for the as of yet untitled “Episode IX” like being in the CIA.
Hamill said that while measures to make sure nothing leaks about the new “Star Wars” films have always been tight, they’ve been strengthened even more for this film, so much so that he isn’t allowed to hang on to a paper script of the movie.
“They’re going to fly [the rewrites] over with somebody from the company,” Hamill told EW. “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 is currently on set in Prague filming the History show “Knightfall,” and said he received his pages for the script on hard-to-read dark red paper, a security measure that was used on “The Last Jedi” to prevent anyone from attempting to copy the pages, as a copy machine would render the pages black and unreadable.
On that film, Hamill was allowed to keep the pages so he could make hand-written notes, but he was forced to lock it in a safe overnight and never let it out of his sight when he carried it around. Now they can’t even trust the Luke Skywalker actor to do that.
“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,” Hamill said. “Of course back then nobody cared. Nowadays it’s like working for some secret deep state government organization, like being in the CIA.”
“Star Wars: Episode IX” will be released on Dec. 20, 2019. Check out the full interview with Hamill here.