Last week we learned that Harrison Ford will REPORTEDLY reprise his role as Han Solo and may appear in the upcoming sequel film Star Wars: Episode VII and today we learn that Mark Hamill, as Luke Skywalker, may appear in the film alongside him. Hamill dished in a new interview that he has been in talks to appear in the new Star Wars film. But, he goes on to clarify, if a deal cannot be worked out (for whatever reason) then the roles of the classic characters will NOT be played by other actors. We’re either going to get Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fischer (???) in Episode VII or not at all.
“They’re talking to us,” [Mark Hamill] reveals. “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, 61, says he’s intrigued about where the new trilogy could go but says he knows nothing about the storyline: “I probably learn more from Entertainment Tonight than I do directly from Lucasfilm – like for instance, when George told us he wanted to do the next trilogy, he didn’t tell us it was going to be done for Disney. He saved that little nugget, and I read it online like anybody else.” As for his thoughts about the next trilogy’s tone, “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 lighthearted 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 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. I guess I’ll have to tune into your show to figure out who’s on board.” In terms of where we’ll pick up with Luke Skywalker in Star Wars VII, “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.’” Hamill concludes of the next movie, “I hope they find the right balance of CGI with practical effects. I love props, I love models, miniatures, matte paintings — I’m sort of old school. I think if you go too far in the direction of CGI it winds up looking like just a giant a video game, and that’s unfortunate. … If they listen to me at all, it’ll be, ‘Lighten up and go retro with the way it looks.’”
Oh man, this would be great. I realize that they need to move forward with new characters and tell new stories but I think it’s pretty safe to assume that longtime Star Wars fans would LOVE to see the main characters back again … even if for only a cameo or two. I have so many mixed feelings about the possible outcome of all the proposed Star Wars movies … I just want them to get it right. If the right thing to do is bring back the old characters then, yes, do it. If not, then don’t … I hope they do what’s right for the long term survival of the franchise because I would HATE for Star Wars to turn into a sad joke :(