Take this news with a cautious step. It comes from someone who sounds more like they are speculating on Star Wars: Episode VII storylines than actually presenting confirmed facts from a reliable source. Respected entertainment journalist Roger Friedman, reporting for Showbiz 411, doesn't make it clear where this latest information is coming from, and it sounds like all the things we've already overheard online ever since the news of a new Star Wars trilogy was released.

Last week, it was announced, but never confirmed by Disney and Lucasfilm, that Harrison Ford is returning as Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode VII. Soon thereafter, many fans began asking, "What about Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia?"

Well, Roger Friedman doesn't want you to worry. He says that both actors are returning as well, and that Star Wars: Episode VII will focus on the Skywalker-Solo children. He also claims that C3PO and R2D2 are returning, unchanged.

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Here are his comments.

"It's some time in the future. Han, Princess Leia (with a presumably better hairstyle), and Luke Skywalker will be a lot older. Their children will be the new main characters. R2-D2 and C-3PO will be unchanged, I would guess. since they are not human. But suffice to say, the three main actors are definitely coming back."

if this news is correct, Han, Leia, and Luke will not be at the forefront of this new adventure, but they won't be turning in small cameos either. They will be deeply involved in the plot, serving as secondary characters.

Many of the extended universe storylines, in both comic book form and in the novels, revolve around the Skywalker-Solo children. Han and Leia have three kids, twins Jacen and Jaina, and Anakin, who were all trained as Jedi Knights. Jacen turned to the dark side and became Darth Caedus. Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade Skywalker have a boy Ben, named after Obi Wan, who grows up to be an investigator and eventually follows his father into seclusion.

It was previously announced that none of the existing novels or comic books would be used as part of the new trilogy. At the current age of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher, their on-screen children would have to be in their late teens to early twenties, at their youngest, and that is being generous. This gives the new trilogy the same gap of time between the original trilogy as the prequel trilogy. That leaves a lot of room for stand-alone movies in this universe.

Of course, none of this has been confirmed by Lucasfilm and Disney, with the source being rather susceptible. This sounds more like an old man culling rumors from preexisting news stories more than actual facts, as Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill's involvement has been in the news since the new movie was announced. And it has long been speculated that this upcoming trilogy would revolve around the Skywalker-Solo children. Will we get the existing children that we already know? Or will these characters be rewritten?

B. Alan Orange