Mark Hamill Confirms 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Talks

Mark Hamill in Star Wars
Mark Hamill in Star Wars
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Yesterday I mentioned how both Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher were reportedly in discussions to return to the Star Wars universe for the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode VII. There was talk of the story centering on their children and today a few more details have leaked out as Hamill discussed the situation with Entertainment Tonight.

"They're talking to us," he said, but specified that they haven't signed any contracts and that if they weren't interested, George Lucas has said their characters would be written out rather than played by different actors.

Hamill continued adding, "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."

Without having yet spoken with Arndt, he could only speculate on the story, but he too says he believes it would most likely center on their children:

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.

Harrison Ford is already rumored to be returning, but Hamill insists he wants the whole gang getting back together, including Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Daniels who played C-3PO.

His other desire is that the franchise get back to its roots visually as he 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....hope they find the right balance of CGI with practical effects. 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.'"

Clearly he has his ideas as to where he wants things to go. I can't help but wonder if all his hopes and desires will hurt his chances to reprise the role of Luke Skywalker or if his passion for the original trilogy will be just what the franchise needed.

  • Ryguy815

    If Mark comes back, I'm going to be very excited for this movie.

  • V

    It is funny that for 90s' kids like me, Mark Hamill will be the voice of The Joker from the various Batman animated shows first and Luke Skywalker second.

    Having said that, it would be cool to see him back as Luke, even if it is to die after a couple of scenes, and have the franchise go back to its roots at least tone wise, if not in a visual sense.

    • Jake17

      He's a damn fine Joker, but I still think of him as Luke Skywalker.

  • Randy

    I'm so glad he is saying to lighten up on the CGI. I loved how Episodes IV V and VI looked. The characters, although not CGI, looked more life-like than anything in Epidoes I-III .

  • goodfella676

    im very glad Mark wants to go back to basics, CGI has had a negative effect on certain franchises, I found the use of CGI in the Hoobit annoying compared to the use of actors and make-up. And they better bring back Billy Dee!!

  • Kimberlesk

    Now this would get me excited for the films. I'm still very much against the Disney-fying of Star Ward, but I would be very excited to see Hamill, Fisher and Ford reprise their roles!!