Mark Hamill Confirms Himself, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Daniels Are in Talks for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

The actors will only return if no one is left out, and they want films that are carefree and lighthearted like the originals.
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Mark Hamill Confirms Himself, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Daniels Are in Talks for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

Mark Hamill says main cast is in talks for Star Wars: Episode VII 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.'"

Stay tuned as more Star Wars: Episode VII breaks daily.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015.

Sources:ET Online

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  • dan1 • 2 years ago

    @comicbookfan That's how MW rolls.

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    • comicbookfan • 2 years ago

      "Star Wars: Episode VII comes to theaters in 2015 and stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew."

      ???

      Completely contradicts the article.

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      • Htv-Maze-Zi • 2 years ago

        so around the children huh.... so maybe around the bloodline story

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        • Michael-Kolesik • 2 years ago

          Excellent.

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          • therealGoku • 2 years ago

            @brady1138 yeah and it doesn't help that she's very old and gained at least 300 pounds since then lol

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            • avian005 • 2 years ago

              What about Kenny Baker? WE NEED R2!

              Honestly, I'm stoked based on this information! I would love to see them all return, but as supporting characters for the trilogy.

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              • gumperman • 2 years ago

                I think Mark Hamill should have a beard like Obi-Wan did. Maybe even Han should have one, but defiantly Luke should.

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                • ollie-styrene • 2 years ago

                  I totally see Mark as an old Jedi, in the vein of Kenobi in Ep. IV.. The rest should also only do supporting roles,.. as parents, and advise giving wise guys.. otherwise it will be stupid..

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                  • bawnian-dexeus • 2 years ago

                    @thedude-abides Well, everything I planned to say was just given. Gotta love supporting fans

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                    • dan1 • 2 years ago

                      I want them to come back to pass the torch. That is all.

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                      • narrator • 2 years ago

                        @brady1138. Lol. My friend, who saw the originals in theaters, has similar thoughts.

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                        • narrator • 2 years ago

                          @thedude-abides I understand wanting to go in a new direction, but like others have said, this is actually canon and has been for a while. Their characters are supposed to look old and bruised. Not necessarily fat, no, but they should see some mileage. Han, Luke, and Leia all age and have kids who have a far superior story line to Anakin's and Luke's in my honest opinion. This would be the perfect direction to go to wrap up the "canon" Star Wars story line (aka, the multi-generational Skywalker soap-opera). they will still be spitting out spin-offs that will eventually take this (now) undying franchise in new directions.

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                          • brady1138 • 2 years ago

                            @bawnian-dexeus She. Doesn't. Have. Current. Pictures!

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                            • bawnian-dexeus • 2 years ago

                              @brady1138 But isn't it already ruined just be seeing her current pictures?

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                              • bawnian-dexeus • 2 years ago

                                @thedude-abides As.much as I would.love to add three paragraphs to our discussion, I'll save my thoughts whenever i'm not in the phone.

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                                • thedude-abides • 2 years ago

                                  @ejk1 Lol. In that case, I'll defer to the world's foremost leading expert on the subject. Needless to say, I agree.

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                                  • ejk1 • 2 years ago

                                    @shuabert@thedude-abides An English professor of mine once said that the language can be flexible. Since we have many goofy, made up words put into the lexicon through slang usage, I see no fault in what Orange wrote. Therefore, The writer is free to go on writing as he please, without admonition from the MW court. Case dismissed.

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                                    • brady1138 • 2 years ago

                                      I would like to see them all return...except Carry. Honestly, I have a perfect image of her in the gold bikini in 1983 and if we see her back in the Galaxy Far Far Away 30 years later, I think it'll ruin that image for me.

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                                      • thedude-abides • 2 years ago

                                        @shuabert Like I told @ejk1, in that case, please disregard the second half of my previous comment. Still, I'm not sure there is anything wrong with the way the headline is worded, but my apologies for misconstruing your initial statement.

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