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Mark Hamill Opens Up About ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Involvement

Posted by , on February 20, 2013 at 3:15 pm 

To chronicle further Star Wars adventures without Luke, Han, and Leia would be a head-scratching decision — so much so that it’s never felt like a true possibility. It’s why the rumors of Harrison Ford‘s signing — started in November, heightened last week — were relatively easy to take at face value; heck, this sort of thing is, also, the only thing which feels sure about the whole project. Save for the inclusion of lightsabers and spaceships.

Stoking the fire further is Mark Hamill, who used an interview with ET (via Yahoo! and /Film) as a chance to talk openly about the current process of snagging he, Ford, and Carrie Fisher. The biggest comment can be read below:

“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.”

“I want to make sure that everybody’s on board here, rather than just one,” Hamill said about the importance of a true reunion – Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Daniels included– something which, itself, has a few extra requirements. Also needed, in his view, is a return to that feeling established in the original trilogy: something “more carefree and lighthearted and humorous,” a task that can be partly accomplished if they take his advice and “go retro with the way it looks.” Less CGI, more matte paintings, you see.

In terms of story — i.e., what most people are clamoring for more of — Hamill might be out of the loop… if you can fully buy that notion. (I, for one, do not.) For now, he’s “assuming” the action will shift focus toward the children of he and some unknown creature / Han and Leia — not at all a new idea. Whether it’s a good one opens the floor for a debate that would, let’s face it, be both too long and too geeky for anyone’s own good.

Still, Luke Skywalker! Back onscreen! This is what you’re supposed to be getting hot under the collar for.

Does it seem at all possible that Hamill will return for Episode VII? Are you keen on the idea?


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