Mark Hamill on new 'Star Wars': 'They're talking to us'
Actor says older Luke Skywalker likely to appear
By DonKaye_ParallelUniverse Feb 20, 2013 3:32PM
Following reports that Harrison Ford was almost certain to appear in the new "Star Wars" movie as Han Solo, Mark Hamill said that his Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia are also likely to show up -- but cautioned that no deals have been signed just yet.
In an interview with ET Online to promote his new movie "Sushi Girl," Hamill was asked point blank if he will reprise his role as Luke in the J.J. Abrams-directed "Star Wars -- Episode VII." Hamill replied, "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."
Hamill added, "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."
The 61-year-old actor admitted that when Lucas first broached the subject of returning to him and Fisher last summer, he did not know that the movies would be produced through Disney, which bought LucasFilm in late 2012. As for the tone he'd like to see in a proposed new trilogy, Hamill said, "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 lighthearted 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 (Williams) 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."
While it seems obvious that Fisher and Ford would be back, the other actors are less of a sure thing (we're betting that Anthony Daniels would certainly voice C-3PO at the very least). As for the story itself, Hamill said he has no idea what Abrams, Arndt and Kennedy have in mind, but he's willing to make a guess.
"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," the actor mused. "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.'"
Hamill concluded that he hopes the new "Star Wars" finds "the right balance of CGI with practical effects," explaining, "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.'"
Are you excited by the idea of Luke, Leia and Han all coming back for the new "Star Wars" movie? Do you agree with Hamill that the new movies should have a "retro" look? Share your thoughts below...
"Star Wars -- Episode VII" is out in theaters in summer 2015.
Feb 20, 2013 5:57PM
I agree with Mark's comment, "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." I was not impressed with any of the NEW SW movies. They had just too much CGI. We all need a little bit more humor and feel good movies in our lives. Of course I grew up in the age of Star Wars, it's in my blood! I saw it every night for nine weeks. As a teenager, I worked at the movie theatre. Sooo looking forward to this really happening.
Feb 20, 2013 6:18PM
Given that all the books written since Return of the Jedi are canon, plus that the rumor is the next movie will take place some 20+ years afterward it would put it into the Black Fleet Crisis to New Jedi Order series of books depending on if you start counting at A New Hope (which is widely accepted) or the end of Return of the Jedi. Either way, Han and Leia are together and Luke has reestablished the jedi order by this point. I'm very interested to see how the next trilogy ties in to the existing expanded universe.
Feb 21, 2013 11:22AM
Please do not, under any circumstance cast Shia Lebeouf in any of these movies. PLEASE NO!!
Feb 20, 2013 5:58PM
I love that the original cast would come back to be involved in the new trilogy!! Like Mark Hamill, I assumed the new main characters would be the offspring of the original. For those of in our twenties, when the first stars Wars hit the screen, it would ease us into the new characters. To this day I will watch the returns of all six films. I still believe Yoda and the Jedi council knew that they had to sacrifice Anakin to the Dark Side into to defeat the Emperor and restore peace to the galaxy.
Feb 20, 2013 5:56PM
Ahhh come on Hamill, get on board. It'll be fun plus what have you done as far as blockbuster movies since the SW movies. Pickup some scratch and have fun doing it.
Feb 20, 2013 5:12PM
According to the timeline, didn't he go into Rogue Squadron after defeating the Emperor? That would be badass in 3D, more space battles and crap getting blown up!
Feb 20, 2013 7:53PM
If Hamill can go back to being Luke, I say he's got enough energy to go back to voicing the Joker.
Feb 20, 2013 6:42PM
I think that the recent discussion about revising the old Star Wars characters should bear in mind the excellent books that have been written over the years and the character development that resulted. Any sequel will probably include references to the Dark Force Rising, the missing remote-controlled star-destroyer fleet, the Noghri, the ysalamiri, Wedge's Rogue Squadron, Grand Admiral Thrawn, Luke's Jedi school & bounty-hunter girlfriend, and of course Han & Leia's Jedi twins.
Feb 23, 2013 1:20PM
I was in college when Star Wars made it premiere. It was without a doubt....the best thing I had ever seen, and I was a movie fan already. i am sure that George et al...will give this new movie it's due. ....I would LOVE to see the old characters...but trust goes into the hands of George. IT has to appeal to today's youth....so BRING IT ON! I can't wait!
Feb 20, 2013 7:54PM
I hope and pray that Abrams takes a step away from the books. I do not want to see him following any path but his own. The books are not "canon", as suggested by a previous comment.
Lucas claims he wrote the first three (original) movies before ever making the first one. If anyone ,with some common sense, watches the movies, the truth is, Lucas may have had a basic back-story sketched out, but it was never filled in and fully fleshed out, until the first movie did so well and and more movies were possible.
The first movie was classic story telling, based upon classic story construction. Even Lucas has said as much. He spent years writing and plotting and planning exactly how it should look and, it shows. Star Wars (the original) was well written and well played. Each movie after it moved more and more into the children's section. It started with a muppet named Yoda, progressed on to blue stuffed elephants playing piano, talking/fighting teddy bears, and then, culminated in Jar Jar Binks and the WORST child acting ever (EP1).
My point is: Let Abrams work his magic unfettered by all the mish-mash, regardless who has approved of it in the past. Abrams stunned us with Trek, let him do the same with Star Wars.
Feb 20, 2013 6:42PM
The series should have ended after the first 3 movies - Episodes 4,5, & 6. The next three were tripe...
Feb 20, 2013 6:23PM
Interesting, considering how in real life Mark now looks like Emporer Palpatine.
Feb 20, 2013 7:19PM
They need to leave the whole trhing alone and go with new characters. I love the cast, but it has been 30 years since those guys were in a SW movie. The SW universe has expanded drastically both backward and forward in time from the 6 SW films. THey should go back to the begining when there were more than only two sith, etc. Or just go back to the old Republic characters. I just don't think the big fanfare is going to be there with the original cast with so much time gone by and the great expansion of Lucas' SW universe.
Feb 20, 2013 5:38PM
I'm sure there are a lot of nerds in nerdom that have chubbys right now.
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