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Mark Hamill Confirms Early Talks to Return for 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

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February 20, 2013
Source: ET

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If you're not prepared for literally years worth of back and forth, he-said she-said rumors, hints, denials, speculation, and confirmation regarding the new Star Wars film series, you're in for a rude awakening. Latino Review said on Friday that they had official word from their sources that Harrison Ford would be returning as Han Solo in Episode VII, and now ET has a new interview with Mark Hamill, who we all know as Luke Skywalker, and he confirms the likelihood of a return, but it's not a done deal yet. Hamill says, "I can tell you right away that we haven't signed any contracts." But we're not sure who "we" includes.

Here's what Mark Hamill told Entertainment Tonight in their interview, posted this morning:

"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."

So obviously the key question is: who is Hamill speaking for here? Does he mean himself and Carrie Fisher, or the whole trio of himself, Fisher, and Harrison Ford? Also, does anyone really think there is any chance that these characters will be written out of the sequel? Disney will pay them whatever they want to come back. After hearing about Lucasfilm's plans to do spin-off movies featuring characters like Han Solo and Boba Fett (and maybe Yoda, which I personally think is a bad idea), it's clear that the company plans to milk their pre-existing characters for all they're worth.

Hamill also seems to be hearing the same rumors that everyone else has about how the new trilogy could center around the children of the main characters from the first trilogy. He continues:

"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.'"

Again, that's just speculation from Hamill since he admits that he hasn't even spoken with Arndt yet. He does seem to have a sort of "all for one, one for all" mentality when it comes to Episode VII, though, because he does want to make sure that if one person returns, the entire group comes back to reprise their roles:

"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 said to George that I wanted to go back to the way it was, in the sense that our [trilogy] was much more carefree and lighthearted and humorous – in my opinion, anyway...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.'"

Seems like most of this is just Hamill spitballing about his feelings on the franchise, and not really offering anything concrete. Of course he'd love everyone to return - wouldn't you want to relive the glory days with your old friends if you were in his position? The only real piece of news we can pull from this is that he (and presumably at least one other person, since he said "we" above) hasn't signed a contract at this point. The rest is just some interesting speculation that happens to come from someone who starred in a Star Wars movie, but with the way J.J. Abrams likes to play things close to the chest, I'm really not believing much of anything until we hear it straight from him, Lucasfilm or Kathleen Kennedy herself.

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  • Xerxexx
    I'll need to see a trailer or some set pictures before I can make any judgement calls. Abrams and Arndt pique my interest already.
  • hawk99
    I sort of like the idea of them starting fresh, no old characters, no cameos, but if done right could turn out ok. just don't want it to be a string of cameos that feel forced into the story.
    • si1ver
      Yeah I'd rather them set the story 300 years in the future, kind of rip off The Old Republic and make "The New Republic" instead. It looks stupid when the same 8 characters change the fate of the entire universe not once but twice and now maybe three times.
      • http://twitter.com/equustel Ali Miller
        Except that Star Wars is a very generational story. The film saga, up to this point, has been about the Skywalkers bringing balance to the Force. To completely divorce the new trilogy from the Skywalker line would be a bad move, IMO. It needs to be connected somehow.
        • 'mericah rulz
          Have to disagree.I liked the story from KoTOR more.The first two games anyway.Did not play the MMO. It does not have to be about Skywalkers.There is so much more to the universe of Star Wars.
          • http://twitter.com/equustel Ali Miller
            There may be, but when we're talking about the main film saga, it needs to logically follow what came before it. Disney and Lucasfilm look poised to make plenty more Star Wars films that are not related to the main Skywalker saga, and that's fine by me - I'm excited that more tangential stories and characters will finally get a spotlight. But this is Episode VII. By nature, it has to connect to the narrative, themes, and character arcs that were established in the episodes before it.
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brad-White/1458067169 Brad White
    Star Wars: Episode VII Cloning Dollars!
  • OfficialJab
    I love that he's publicly bringing up the practical vs CG effects. Are you listening, JJ?
    • http://www.facebook.com/matt.peloquin.14 Matt Peloquin
      Don't be a luddite, I'll take a render farm over a puppet any day.
      • OfficialJab
        haha, luddite? Not bad. Anyways, the two aren't exclusive. I don't want there to be no CG, and I don't want them to restrict their imaginations just because something would be too impossible to accomplish practically. If there was a car flip in a movie in CG, the eye will notice if there's a tiny detail off, and your immersion is ruined. If you just flip a real car? No problems, unless you totally cock it up.
        • http://www.facebook.com/matt.peloquin.14 Matt Peloquin
          But this is in SPACE with imaginary creatures so why hang shit on wires when you can have a team of geniuses model every detail of each creature and environment down to the nose hairs and grains of sand. See, these talented artists/engineers/scientists are used to stubborn practical effects directors coming in and saying "see how shitty this looks?! This is why I prefer to use practical effects!" So they have a lot to prove which makes them get exponentially better as time goes on. Personally, I think they're doing a damn good job, have you seen the model of NYC they created for The Avengers? Pretty amazing time we live in...
          • OfficialJab
            You say that as if there aren't talented geniuses that work in makeup, animatronics, or miniatures as well. This is weird, I feel that I'm being accused by people here of just blanket-hating on CG artists. I didn't call you a philistine or anything for not swearing by puppets, and the people at ILM and other outfits do unbelievable work. In fact, I'm one of the few die-hard fans of SW 1/2/3. However, I absolutely do not see a CG alien as an improvement over a 'real' one - especially in this century. Both are still advancing in quality. Also, you kind of seem to be arguing that the VFX artists are still trying to catch up...
          • http://www.facebook.com/matt.peloquin.14 Matt Peloquin
            The only thing they're trying to catch up to is James Cameron... No budget too steep, no sea too deep Who's that? It's him, James Cameron
          • OfficialJab
            I'm totally stoked hearing that Avatar 2 will focus on underwater locations. Like, holy shit. Yes.
          • http://www.facebook.com/matt.peloquin.14 Matt Peloquin
            He's the king of sequels, deep water depths, and cutting edge technology so Avatar 2 should be quite the spectacle.
    • Anonymous
      JJ is a practicals guy, he LOVES sets and when he does use cg it's generally done well (the ocean in the MI3 bridge scene is a good example)
    • http://www.roamandthink.com/ PBGray
      Me too. This is all really happening, and we're not dead yet. Wow.
    • joeshmoe
      star trek had tons of practical effects.
      • OfficialJab
        I never said it didn't, though compared to something like the Dark Knight trilogy it was packed with them. Not to mention compared to the original SW. Just because we have them all now doesn't create an obligation to choose them over conventional effects, which often look better since they really exist. Not to mention with Disney's cash they can obviously afford to hire the absolute best in the business.
  • Lagoya
    He should grow a beard
  • michael manders
    i think mark hammil did as if he was assuming that he knows nothing...i think he told us what is going to happen with part 7....why did you think they took JJ as the director...that man can make a movie look like it was done in the 70's....look at super 8...that flic had a 80's feel like ET...mark hammill already told us the truth....i know for sure....hahahahaha
    • Boiler Bro Joe
      I don't doubt that J.J. arranges for some great sets in his movies, but there's still some stuff he does not do well. The train wreck in Super 8 is a perfect example. Not only did the CG look fake (to be fair, models in that instance would look worse), but he went so far in trying to make the crash look spectacular that it just came off as comical instead. Sometimes, just having a train fall over and plow through stuff is a lot scarier than having CG gears and axels flying through the air. The Enterprise crash scene in the new Star Trek looks better, so hopefully he's still learning.
  • michael manders
    i want real puppets....!!!!!!
  • michael manders
    a next gen yoda puppet ...would be cool....
    • LosZombies
      Yodas dead.
      • 'mericah rulz
        Wanna bet they'll probably put him in the movie as a ghost? Like ol' Ben ?
  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.groves.507 Chris Groves
    I hope they can bring everyone back. With backers like Disney and a definite NEED/URGE to make get as many fans on board and make as many fans happy as possible...I am sure Disney will pay them whatever they want. But at their ages, at these points in their careers, why would anyone of them refuse a big payday to return to these iconic roles? I do believe that Abrams AT LEAST will have more sets and location shooting...although as far as miniatures and models and matte paintings..I'm not so sure, a CGI backdrop can be a lot more convincing than a flat matte painting. Animatronic puppets can still be put to good use though.
    • 'mericah rulz
      I love Carrie Fishers Wishful Drinking stand up special but I am not so sure about wanting to see her reprise her role as Leia.
  • Hattori Hanzo
    Hmmm ... Let me see, who should be back in the new Star Wars? ... Billy Dee Williams or Jar Jar Binks? Well, if it comes down to acting ability, that's a no a brainer; Jar Jar.
  • http://www.facebook.com/dan.weinberger.16 Dan Weinberger
    "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.'" Amazing quote! I really hope this is the case with the new installments. No glossyness here please.
  • THEFORCEISBACK!!
    THE DREAM TEAM!!!
  • General Akhbar
    Luke is beginning to look like the Emperor ,judging by that picture. It's a trap.
    • bozo connors
      With his v/o work for Joker... you hush. You'll give them ideas! Hush!!!!
      • 'mericah rulz
        Darth Joker.The Sithest of The Sith.
  • bozo connors
    Translated... Hamil... "IN B4 NDA!!!"
  • http://thesolarsentinel.blogspot.com/ Alan Trehern
    I'm not going to comment on this particular post in protest of them bringing back octogenarians for STAR WARS. Wait... DAMN IT!
  • castingcouch
    I support Hamill's opinion on visual effects. I don't despise CG, it's a useful tool. But there is often too much of it and the results end up with the look of a video game. The most important thing to get right with this new movie is of course the SCRIPT. Without a strong script, nothing else matters.

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