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Mark Hamill On New Star Wars
'We haven't signed any contracts yet'

20 February 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Entertainment Tonight (Via The Playlist)

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Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

As the elements gather for Star Wars: Episode VII, talk (and a whole Bantha-drawn sled’s worth of speculation) has turned to which of the original cast might return. There have already been rumours that Harrison Ford is mulling a deal to reprise Han Solo, and Mark Hamill has gone on the record to say that there have been talks. Now the once – and possibly future – Luke Skywalker has had more to say, chatting with Entertainment Tonight.

“They're talking to us," Hamill says. "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."

Yes, just so we’re clear: these are meetings taking place, not contracts actually being signed. For once it’s a report from the horse’s mouth, and while you can lead it to water, you can’t necessarily make it drink. Or get it to the starting gate. Or… Oh, make up your own dreadful horse reference, though our lawyers would caution that it’s best not to bring up Findus.

As for Hamill’s thoughts on what direction the new movies should take? "I said to George that I wanted to go back to the way it was, in the sense that ours was much more carefree and light-hearted and humorous – in my opinion, anyway. And another thing I'd want to make sure of is are we going to have the whole gang back? Is Carrie and Harrison and Billy Dee and Tony Daniels, everybody that's around from the original returning? I want to make sure that everybody's on board here, rather than just one. I guess I'll have to tune into your show to figure out who's on board."

But where does he see the story going? Turns out it’s similar to what most of us have had in mind. "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.'"

Whatever happens, we definitely want Hamill back. The Force is strong with this one.


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L: NeoBrowser I want Hamill back in the wise old Sage role, I don't wanna see Ford of Carrie at ALL! a say, I kinda agree with you. I'd love to see Hamill again but now Ford's a grumpy bastard and Fisher's a bit of a joke. More

Posted by Mr Gittes at 12:03 on 23 February 2013 | Report This Post

Hmm not sure about them coming back, maybe a cameo in a bar drunk "hey I used to be a jedi once ya know" More

Posted by durelius at 19:32 on 22 February 2013 | Report This Post

I want Hamill back in the wise old Sage role, I don't wanna see Ford of Carrie at ALL! More

Posted by NeoBrowser at 03:13 on 22 February 2013 | Report This Post

You don't need Shatner for Star Trek
Write them out, cast some new blood. New Blood, new direction, new era ! BRING IT ! More

Posted by danielthompson99 at 21:41 on 20 February 2013 | Report This Post

I've got a baaaad feeling about this. Still, I'm all up for more Hydro-spanners! More

Posted by GFA80 at 21:36 on 20 February 2013 | Report This Post

flogging a dead horse?
how's that for a horse reference? More

Posted by ladybooger at 21:29 on 20 February 2013 | Report This Post

New Kenobi
It was always set for Hamill to come back as an older Luke restarting the Jedi his 'father' destroyed. Hopefully Like will be a better Master as all the others had problems with their Padowans - even on the Dark Side! More

Posted by andrewgc at 20:36 on 20 February 2013 | Report This Post

I want to see The Expendables fighting stormtroopers. More

Posted by BenTramer at 19:46 on 20 February 2013 | Report This Post

I'd like to see Mark Hamill back in a major movie again. His time as an A-lister was extremely brief and he never really got to do anything outside of Star Wars. Maybe Luke and Leia went hillbilly and had kids together and they look like the banjo kid from Deliverance. THERE'S a movie! He he. More

Posted by BenTramer at 19:44 on 20 February 2013 | Report This Post

As much as I love Hamill, Fisher & Ford. Can they still do what they did so amazingly 30 years ago?? Are they capable of following Abrams on some damned idealistic crusade?? I would love to see Hamill training the new order. More

Posted by whitelighter at 19:35 on 20 February 2013 | Report This Post

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