Now Lucas Confirms Hamill, Ford & Fisher Will Return to 'Star Wars'

March 7, 2013
Source: Bloomberg

Star Wars

Another day, and another news bit for Star Wars: Episode VII gets thrown around. Yesterday, most of us were "duped" again as the word from Carrie Fisher about returning as Princess Leia was yet another joke in response to a serious question. However, one man who we can trust a little bit more with knowledge of the progress on the start of the new Star Wars trilogy is George Lucas. Though he's not heavily involved, the creator of the Star Wars universe is still a consultant, mostly to provide insight to the deeper parts of the characters and worlds. Now an interview with Bloomberg Business Week has him confirming Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford were essentially signed on to return before the announcement hit.

Here's what Lucas recently told Bloomberg Business Week (via The Playlist):

“We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison—or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation. So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what’s going on.’ Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them. I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not."

Now while that seems like confirmation that the trio will return for Star Wars: Episode VII, it sounds like these negotiations happened before J.J. Abrams was brought on as a director. Of course, it pretty much seems to be a foregone conclusion now that Fisher, Ford and Hamill will return, especially with the latter also talking about the negotiations for the actors to return as Princess Leia, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. Plus, why would Lucasfilm want to make a "big whoop-de-do" announcement if those negotiations failed. It's probably time to tone down every single little confirmation and hint of Star Wars news.

As it stands, the most important thing right now is cracking the story, and that's likely what Abrams is doing with Michael Arndt and Lawrence Kasdan with Kathleen Kennedy overseeing Lucasfilm's new empire. When Disney, Lucasfilm and Abrams decide it's time to announce casting with a simple logline, then we'll know, but until then, this project is under tight wraps with the same level of secrecy that films like Cloverfield, Super 8 and Star Trek Into Darkness have been given. And honestly, that's fine by me, because I'd rather be surprised than put every single detail under a microscope for two more years. What do you think?

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  • Nice!
  • capitandelespacio
    Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Kevin Bacon...
    • grimjob
    • herp ohrmergerd derp
      Also special guest Nicolas Cage as Nicolas Cage.
      • capitandelespacio
        This movie needs to be totally caged.
  • Tester
    "the creator of the Star Wars universe is still a consultant, mostly to provide insight to the deeper parts of the characters and worlds" the same insight he injected into the prequels ?
    • No, he's like an encyclopedia. He's not writing and directing like he did with the prequels.
    • OfficialJab
      The story and lore wasn't the issue with the prequels, it was the execution. With improved dialogue and less Playstation-level visual effects, they would have been outstanding. (And less Binks. Much less)
      • Rayn_A
        *cough* Midi-chlorians *cough*
        • OfficialJab
          I can't fathom why that is such a problem for people. They say it's a 'scientific explanation' for The Force. I wish somebody would elaborate on that, because all Qui-Gon says is that they give knowledge of the force to other life forms- it's as supernatural as ever. Symbiotic relationships are magical and beautiful in my opinion, and I think it's a very elegant way to deepen the mystery. It definitely doesn't explain anything away, and doesn't cheapen the spirituality of it - not to me.
          • Their kinda like..good bacteria i guess
          • herp ohrmergerd derp
            To me they are more like mitochondria since basically those are the "force" providers in the real world organisms. It's a hokey attempt at bringing some sort of"science" to the "space magic" of Star Wars.
          • LBR
            does that mean a strategic yogurt placement iin the movie................
  • JediBilly
    Where's Billy Dee Williams?
  • Happy camper
    Yay! Old people!
    • herp ohrmergerd derp
      Let the "I,m too old for this " jokes commence !
      • capitandelespacio
        "I'm too old for this", "I'm retired", "I'm on vacation", "I miss the old days". Select your cliche.
  • herp ohrmergerd derp
    Star Wars VII: The revenge of Arthritis and The Parkinson's Menace.
    • capitandelespacio
      Star Wars VII: Bingo Wars
  • bozo connors
    K... weird. Multiple sources quoting Fisher's PR person as saying she was "joking" when she confirmed her involvement, and that she actually wasn't signed. Confusing media is confusing.
  • lando
    cant wait to see all three of them hacked down by some new threat.. in the first act..
  • Guest
    And the movie is now officially garbage
      how there's no trailer ruff draft isnt done the rest of the cast hasnt been set. officially we dont know george lucas isnt goin to let his legacy fall with jj abrams,i think it will be great hell epic
    • capitandelespacio
      That escalated quickly.
    if this happens sum1 will have twins. it will be a new darthvader or luke could be the new darth vader.
  • castingcouch
    As much as I love the Original Trilogy, I don't think it was necessary to have these actors/characters return. I find their lack of faith in new actors and story disturbing.
  • HothResident
    He confirmed that negotiations were close. He DID NOT confirm they are complete. Very misleading headline that should've been changed by the editor. #FAIL




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