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Mark Hamill Confirms “They’re Talking To Us” For Star Wars: Episode VII!


With recent rumours suggesting Harrison Ford is locked on to reprise his role of Han Solo in J. J. Abrams’ STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, speculation has been building as to whether Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will soon be officially onboard, also. Speaking to ET, Hamill has confirmed that he expects a number of actors, along with the iconic trio playing Luke, Leia and Han, to be approached to return for the latest Jedi space saga.

The actor, who takes the role of Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy, commented:

They’re talking to us. George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we’d be interested. He did say that if we didn’t want to do it, they wouldn’t cast another actor in our parts – they would write us out. … I can tell you right away that we haven’t signed any contracts. We’re in the stage where they want us to go in and meet with Michael Arndt, who is the writer, and Kathleen Kennedy, who is going to run Lucasfilm. Both have had meetings set that were postponed — on their end, not mine. They’re more busy than I am.

Hamill claims he knows nothing about the plot for Arndt’s script, but admitted it’s likely to centre on their children.

I’m assuming, because I haven’t talked to the writers, that these movies would be about our offspring — like my character would be sort of in the Obi-Wan range [as] an influential character. … When I found out [while making the original trilogy] that ultimate good news/bad news joke – the good news is there’s a real attractive, hot girl in the universe; the bad news is she’s your sister – I thought, ‘Well, I’m going to wind up like Sir Alec [Guinness]. I’m going to be a lonely old hermit living out in some kind of desert igloo with a couple of robots.

He’s played down the speculation that Ford is already onboard by saying:

Another thing I’d want to make sure of is are we going to have the whole gang back? Is Carrie and Harrison and Billy Dee and Tony Daniels, everybody that’s around from the original [returning]? I want to make sure that everybody’s on board here, rather than just one.

Source: ET

Craig was our great north east correspondent, proving that it’s so ‘grim up north’ that losing yourself in a world of film is a foregone prerequisite. He has been studying the best (and often worst) of both classic and modern cinema at the University of Life for as long as he can remember. Craig’s favorite films include THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, JFK, GOODFELLAS, SCARFACE, and most of John Carpenter’s early work, particularly THE THING and HALLOWEEN.

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  1. bfg666

    Feb 21, 2013 at 2:46 am

    One thing’s for sure: if they enlist the original gang, there won’t be no Chewbacca since he died some 21 years after episode 6 and setting the time frame prior to this date simply won’t be realistic considering the aging of the actors.

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