The big news last week was that Harrison Ford was officially signed on to return as Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode VII. This exciting rumor was neither confirmed nor denied by Disney and Lucasfilm, which are welcoming all speculation towards the project, since it acts as a gauge in fan interest.
Now, Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill has stepped forward to confirm that all of the main cast members from the original trilogy are in talks, but no one actor has officially signed on. This includes Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian and Anthony Daniels as C3PO. None of the actors will return, though, if one is left out of the story that is being written right now by Michael Arndt.
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.
Another thing I'd want to make sure of is are we going to have the whole gang back? Is Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford and Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Daniels, everybody that's around from the original [returning]? I want to make sure that everybody's on board here, rather than just one."
Mark Hamill then went onto "sort of" confirm the recent news that this new trilogy, directed by J.J. Abrams, would be based around the Skywalker-Solo children, and that he will take on the Obi Wan role this time out.
"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.'"
In returning to the franchise, Mark Hamill says he wants these new films to stay true to the originals.
"I said to George Lucas that I wanted to go back to the way it was, in the sense that ours was much more carefree and lighthearted and humorous...in my opinion, anyway....I 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.'"
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