Mark Hamill Talks 'Star Wars: Episode VII' & Knew About It Last Year
The news of Star Wars: Episode VII just doesn't stop. Ever since Lucasfilm was sold to Disney, a video of Kathleen Kennedy talking Star Wars with George Lucas has surfaced, news that the new trilogy might be an original story came to light, and we even listed our picks for the ten filmmakers who should be in the director's chair. Now original Star Wars actor Mark Hamill is talking about the big announcement, and this is actually something that Lucas talked to him and Princess Leia actress Carrie Fisher about over a year ago. Hamill says "Yeah, last August, he asked Carrie [Fisher] and I to have lunch with him and we did."
Hamill sat down with EW this week for a chat and he talked about his reaction last year:
"I thought he was going to talk about either his retirement or the Star Wars TV series that I’ve heard about — which I don’t think we were going to be involved in anyway, because that takes place between the prequels and the ones we were in and, if Luke were in them, he’d be anywhere from a toddler to a teenager so they’d get an age-appropriate actor — or the 3-D releases. So when he said, 'We decided we’re going to do Episodes VII, VIII, and IX,' I was just gobsmacked. 'What? Are you nuts?!'"
And since Hamill is a fan as much as he is a part of the historic Star Wars saga, he can see both the excitement and the apprehension of adding even more chapters to the space opera. Hamill elaborated:
"I can see both sides of it. Because in a way, there was a beginning, a middle, and an end and we all lived happily ever after and that’s the way it should be — and it’s great that people have fond memories, if they do have fond memories. But on the other hand, there’s this ravenous desire on the part of the true believers to have more and more and more material. It’s one of those things: people either just don’t care for it or are passionate about it. I guess that defines what cult movies are all about. We’ll see. I’m anxious to know what’s going on, but the main story [yesterday] was the sale to Disney. I have mixed feelings about that, but they haven’t done badly by Marvel and the Muppets and Pixar. It’s one of those big decisions that at first seems unusual but then the more you look at it, the more it makes sense."
So there you have it. Sadly, there's still no word on whether or not Hamill would be reprising his role as Luke Skywalker in some capacity, but if Lucas met with Hamill and Fisher last year, you would think that's because they at least have a small role in helping continue the series. After all, there has to be some sort of bridge between the original trilogy and this new one. Here's hoping Hamill, Fisher and maybe even Harrison Ford show up for at least a few minutes before the fans follow a new set of heroes. But if they want to stick around for a whole movie, that'd be fine as well.