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Lucas Hints Fisher, Hamill, and Ford All Returning For Episode VII

Star Wars

George Lucas is hinting that the core stars from original Star Wars trilogy will be returning in some capacity in Episode VII:

The cat keeps creeping out of the “Star Wars” bag when it comes to the reports that original cast members Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will reprise their roles from the classic sci-fi film.

The latest evidence: George Lucas has opened his big mouth.

Lucas all but confirmed that the actors who originally played Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia will reclaim their famed characters in “Star Wars: Episode VII.” “We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison — or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation. So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what’s going on,'” Lucas (accidentally?) told Bloomberg Businessweek.

Lucas backtracked, saying, “Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them.”

Then he tried to cover his tracks: “I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.”

Earlier this week, Fisher seemed to confirm she was on board as Leia only to take it back. Her rep told CNN ”She was joking… Nothing has been announced.” Interesting phrasing. She didn’t out and out deny Fisher’s involvement.

Ford, Hamill and Fisher have all let it be known they’re open to the idea of reprising their “Star Wars” roles. The Ford deal was reported in mid-February to be signed and sealed (and it appears he will be getting a lot of screen time). In late February, Hamill confirmed he was approached by Lucas. He also further signaled he had skin in the game, commenting that he hopes the forthcoming light saber-wielding sequel will “lighten up and go retro.”

We have to call it: All evidence points to this being a done deal. The only question left appears to be how much wind has been taken out of Disney’s sails leading up to the pomp and circumstance of the presumed announcement.

In reality, it strikes me that Episode VII would have to have some kind of a bridge back to the Original Trilogy, and the presence of the three main characters from that saga would seem to be the most obvious way to do that. It seems unlikely that Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia Organa Solo would be the main focus of the story, but they are the most obvious candidates for the connection between the old story and the new adventures that the movie would be intended to set up. Besides, these people aren’t exactly in their prime physically anymore. Action scenes aren’t going to be there forte.

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  1. Rafer Janders says:

    What about Alec Guinness? Is he on board?

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  2. Ben Wolf says:

    Recall that in Revenge of the Sith the eighty-year old Christopher Lee had his head digitally imposed on a stunt-man’s body for the action sequences.

    *Ok, not very well. I could see Lee’s head flicker a couple of times in theater. Hopefully they can do better nine years later.

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  3. Rafer Janders says:

    @Ben Wolf:

    My enjoyment of that movie was mitigated a bit once I realized that the climactic action scene was a duel between an 80 year old man and a three foot tall puppet.

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  4. Surreal American says:

    @Rafer Janders:

    Phrasing it that way makes it sound better than it actually was.

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  5. Just 'nutha ig'rant cracker says:

    My take (to quote a competing series):

    “Let it go, Jim. It’s dead.”

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  6. PT says:

    @Just ‘nutha ig’rant cracker:

    Do you all see what Obama has done? We can’t have a simple sci fi discussion without crossing the streams!

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  7. matt says:

    Their offspring were focused on in the books. I imagine we’ll see the sons and daughters as the main characters.

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  8. michael reynolds says:

    I believe it will be a crashing, dreadful bore, like 4 out of the 6 movies thus far. Lucas drank his own Kool-Aid and I doubt JJ Abrams can breathe life back into the corpse.

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  9. Tillman says:

    Given how much older they are and look, if they showed up in Episode VII and weren’t digitally made younger (God forbid), you could expect a similar period of time between Episode III ending and Episode IV beginning.

    Which makes me wonder if Mark Hamill is going to be a hermit living on some inhospitable monsoon* firenado-wasteland world or something, given Yoda and Kenobi’s turns at it.

    * Oops, that was Episode II with the cloning aliens.

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  10. MBunge says:

    @michael reynolds: “I doubt JJ Abrams can breathe life back into the corpse.”

    I would be that Abrams could do the same thing he did for Star Trek. He’ll make a bright, energetic and relatively entertaining film that has little or nothing to do with the fundamental qualities that made the original so great.

    Mike

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  11. James in LA says:

    What hath been wrought cannot be unmade: two death stars, ewoks, and jar-jar effing bloody binks.

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