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Mark Hamill Confirms He’s in Talks For Star Wars: Episode VII Role

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The report that Harrison Ford’s return to the Star Wars franchise is “a done deal” appears to be premature.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Mark Hamill reveals that while he and his former co-stars Ford and Carrie Fisher are in talks with Lucasfilm, no deal has been reached for them to reprise their roles in the new trilogy.

“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,” the 61-year-old actor says. “… 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.”

Hamill, learned about the trilogy plans during an August lunch with Fisher and Lucas, says he told the filmmaker he wanted the franchise’s tone “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 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.”

While noting that he knows nothing about the storyline for the new trilogy, he presumes “these movies would be about our offspring — like my character would be sort of in the Obi-Wan range [as] an influential character.”

Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: Episode VII is targeted for release in 2015.


  • Ninjajp

    Nice, cant wait to see what happens. Hope they follow the resulting books and not make up some different shit. 

  • Scott T

    Hopefully they do something completally new, since most of the EU is garbage and we have already seen it all.

  • Happyny87

    Are you kidding? The books are way better than the movies. They would be smart to follow the books as closely as possible.

  • Liam

    I’m assuming that Mark Hamill is tired of people recognizing him as the guy who voiced the Joker and wants to be associated with another character.

  • Michael Fitz-Gibbon

     Best comment ever.

  • Michael Fitz-Gibbon

    I think it would be pretty depressing to see Luke and Han all old and sad looking. 

  • Andy Scearce

    What is your favorite book?

  • Vanir

    I just googled recent pictures of Mark & Carrie.
    Just… don’t.

  • Taco

    “Everybody that’s around from the original [returning]?”

    Hopefully not Ian McDiarmid…
    Because the Emperor is dead.

  • Greg Sanders

    I really hope this gets set in stone soon. I am so excited for the potential! Bringing back Chewbacca, getting rid of the awful post-ROTJ continuity. So many wonderful possibilities.

  • Greg Sanders

    The opportunity to create something truly wonderful by bringing back the original cast is too great. I hope those contracts get signed soon. More than that, these films are going to go down as major events in fandom, as every sign points to this trilogy effectively removing the post-ROTJ EU, and that has me giddy as a schoolgirl. Some of the worst fiction out there, and giving the them just absurdly awful, stupid children. And bring back Chewbacca!

  • Mithrilmaverick

    I am OK with this as long as it’s lighthearted like the Avengers movie and not lighthearted in an cringeworthy way like the Ultimate Spiderman show.

  • Henry Fong

    Everyone should be back. And yes the stories should have that feel of the original 3 thatn the prequels which lost it way.

  • Scott T

    I don’t agree at all. I like the Thrawn trilogy as much as the next guy, but I don’t want to see something I already know, I want to see something fresh. The movies will be different, but I bet they follow alot of the same themes and ideas.

  • Shaun

    I can certainly see Luke as an Obi-Wan or even Yoda-like character. Presumably, his main role in the new order is teaching new recruits to be Jedi Knights. However, I disagree with Mark on the tone of the movies – the best of the SW movies, by an enormous degree, was “The Empire Strikes Back.” It had a good story and was dominated by Darth Vader (before Vader was forever tainted by the character’s association with the histrionics of Hayden Christensen – for which I blame George Lucas, because Christensen is actually a good actor). Any new SW movie has to have a good story and that means something with a bit of darkness. Just don’t let Lucas anywhere near the writer’s desk!

  • Nik

    A majority of the EU stuff is pretty good but I’d rather see something new.  Let the books be the books and the movie be the movies.  There’s room for both.

  • Lewis4510

    They’ve already said that the books, comics, games, and cartoons will have nothing at all to do with the new trilogy they’re just fun side trips into the SW universe. And will not be considered as canon.

  • Mistasyn

    c’mon now, did Billy Dee’s Lando really have that much of an impact that we have to see him back??