Mark Hamill confirms 'Star Wars: Episode 7' return talks

Ben Skipper
20 February 2013
Mark Hamill confirms 'Star Wars: Episode 7' return talks
Mark Hamill now and as Luke Skywalker in 'The Empire Strikes Back'

You wouldn't know it but it's still early days for 'Star Wars: Episode 7'. All we officially have are producers, a writer, a director and a date.

More recently attention has turned to whether the original cast will return, with one unconfirmed report last week igniting the web with its news that Harrison Ford would reprise his role as Han Solo.

This lead to whispers that Luke and Leia would also return for 'Episode 7', rumours that actor and former Skywalker Mark Hamill has now addressed head on.

[Related story: Report: New 'Star Wars' films to focus on Skywalker and Solo's kids?]

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Talking to Entertainment Tonight Hamill confirmed that talks have taken place with the original cast, but he was eager to point out that no contracts have been signed as of yet.

"They're talking to us," he said. "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."

His words pretty much confirm that the original cast are being sought to return to the franchise, but that they will be in supporting roles - hence how they can be written out.

His use of "we" also implies that he's talking about both himself and his former co-stars.

[Related story: 'Star Wars' fan re-creates Battle of Hoth in his living room]

Considering the... how do we put this delicately... career trajectories of both Hamill and former-Princess Leia Carrie Fisher, it's frankly quite hard to see them turning down the opportunity.

Hamill then went on to talk about the direction he would hope future films would take.

"I said to George that I wanted to go back to the way it was, in the sense that ours was much more carefree and light-hearted and humorous - in my opinion, anyway.

"And 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 [Williams] and [Anthony] Daniels, everybody that's around from the original returning? I want to make sure that everybody's on board here, rather than just one."

In terms of plot Hamill discussed ideas that had been circulating the web for a while.

"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 also spoke of the planned spin-off adventures being released between the core episodes.

"That's really smart. Then you're more like James Bond pictures, where they come out and it's not an investment of a three-movie arc."

So there we have it. Straight from the horse's mouth - LucasFilm want the original cast back for 'Episode 7'!

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