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Here’s What Mark Hamill Knows About Those Star Wars Sequel Casting Rumors

We’ve been hearing a lot lately about the possibility of some combination of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill showing up in the Star Wars sequels. And we’re taking those rumors with a massive boulder of salt, since there’s been nothing close to an official announcement that any of the Original Trilogy Three will be coming back. There still isn’t. But Mark Hamill said a few things to Entertainment Tonight about the possibility of Luke, Leia, and Han showing up in the sequels that made my ears perk up.

Darnit, Mark. I’m trying to keep a cool head here.

Said Hamill:

“They’re talking to us… George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we’d be interested [in reprising our roles]. 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.”

Granted, I still have that boulder of salt firmly fixed upon my person, because A) the script’s not even done yet, B) there’s been nothing official from Disney or Lucasfilm (not that there would be until a hypothetical deal is signed), and C) George Lucas isn’t the one making decisions anymore, praise the Force. Or, to work in my weekly Mean Girls reference, he doesn’t even go here!

But still. Meetings. That’s something, right? Maybe?

Hamill has the same assumption that many fans do about the sequels, namely that they will focus on the next generation of Skywalkers and Solos, though he’s quick to note how he doesn’t have any insider information, really, guys, he doesn’t. (“I probably learn more from Entertainment Tonight than I do directly from Lucasfilm.”) He also sees Luke as being “sort of in the Obi-Wan range [as] an influential character.”

Other things Hamill wants from upcoming movies: The return of the “whole gang” from the original trilogy, not just him, Fisher, and Ford. A spinoff movie set on the Wookiee homework of Kashyyyk (“although that might be prohibitively expensive with that many Wookiees”). And a more “old school” look that finds the “right balance of CGI with practical effects,” so no badly animated pinball Yoda, please. OK, that last part was me.

(via: Cinema Blend)

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  • Magic Xylophone

    So, the important question for Old Luke: beard or no beard?

  • ClockworkTiger

    I wouldn’t put too much weight on what this may or may not mean. They are still in the writing phase and are probably just testing the waters to see if bringing some of the original characters back in is a realistic option.

  • The Gaf

    Seriously? How can we possibly take the Disney people seriously, if they’re “too busy” to meet with the most iconic actors of Star Wars? The people who ARE Star Wars?? Take the meeting on time, and then you can do next steps as you need.

  • Anonymous

    Could we not take pot shots at George Lucas every time we talk about the sequels?

  • Captain ZADL

    I’d kind of rather the original cast not reprise their roles. Maybe refer to them in legend, or something along those lines.

  • Mr The Batman

    I don’t think we need them to come back. As much as I’d love to catch up with Luke and Han, truly it would be amazing, I’d rather they start as fresh as possible with new characters.

    I know they don’t want to go with the EU, but I really enjoyed Legacy and think it would be a good jumping off point.

  • Mr The Batman

    Don’t see anyone doing that, mate.

  • A B Adams

    I’m trying to decide if this would make up for losing Hamill as the voice of the Joker.

  • Anonymous

    Was referring to this from the article: “George Lucas isn’t the one making decisions anymore, praise the Force.”

  • Anonymous

    The only character I really want to see come back is Luke. With a beard.
    Him falling into a similar role as Ben Kenobi would really help with
    bridging the original trilogy with the new one and it wouldn’t be that
    much of a stretch for us to accept an old Jedi Master as opposed to an
    old smuggler or princess.

  • Vian Lawson

    What’s the point in lining up the actors before you have, oh, a studio to shoot in, or a signed effects contract or other things like that. You can (if need be) make the movie without Mark Hamill far more easily than you can make the movie without cameras or set designers.

    But it’s nice that they are talking to the principals. I hope Leia stayed in politics. I always pictured Han as dying young (burning out rather than fading away) but one never knows …

  • Vian Lawson

    Well, the princess is an administrator/leader type as well as a warrior, and there’d be a fair bit of work to do on that score, as well as on behalf of any Alderaanian refugees (just to take the most obvious path). But what does a smuggler do when he becomes a recognisable war hero? I’m guessing incognito is no longer an option for him …

  • Incredibly Awesome

    i would love them to come back in small roles – cameos kind of. i loved them all and still do!

  • Travis Fischer

    Calling it now. Luke dies in Episode VIII.

  • Anonymous

    Nothing will ever make up for that.