Carrie Fisher Back for 'Star Wars' and Billy Dee Williams is Interested?
The only word we've received about the return of any characters from the original Star Wars trilogy was an unnamed source saying that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher were up for returning. Since then, there's been no confirmation that the new trilogy (with a treatment written by Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt being handed out to directors) would bring back Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. Well, apparently one of those characters is definitely returning as a reader at TheForce.net talked to Carrie Fisher at a book signing yesterday, and the actress point blank confirmed her involvement.
TheForce.net has the quote from their reader saying:
"I was at Carrie Fisher's booksigning in Cherry Hill, NJ on November 15, and the interview she did started with the question 'Are you really going to be in a new star wars movie?' and Carrie answered quietly 'Yes....I thought it was already common knowledge.' She did not elaborate, as she probably doesn't want to crow too loudly at this point in the project development. But this is the first confirmation from one of the main [original trilogy] cast. [LucasFilm] has not said the cast would return yet."
So it sounds like Carrie Fisher definitely knows something that hasn't been revealed yet, likely from the chat she had with Mark Hamill and George Lucas not too long ago. At this point, I think it's pretty much a guarantee that Fisher, Ford and Hamill will be back in some capacity for Episode VII, even if it's not a lead role. But what about any of the other Star Wars cast members? Is anyone wondering if Lando Calrissian will make a return? Because TMZ (via ScreenCrush) caught up with Billy Dee Williams to find out if he would return for the new trilogy. He didn't say he's been approached, but Williams simply said, "I suppose so."
So that's all we have for now. It's not much, but the confirmation of at least one fan favorite character is good. However, since the original heroes aren't exactly in the same shape they were 30 years ago, don't expect to see much action out of them (except for maybe Harrison Ford). In the meantime, we're waiting for confirmation of a director after Frank Marshall recently said the candidates had been narrowed down to a couple of filmmakers. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: Apparently Fisher might have been joking about her return as E! Online talked to a representative who said, "She hasn't confirmed anything. Everything you've seen has been tongue-in-cheek." Could this be a cover up to try and keep Leia's return under wraps? We'll try to keep you updated.