Mark Hamill Officially In Talks to Reprise Role in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’
Last week, we let you know that Harrison Ford was reportedly in talks to reprise his role in Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars sequel. While there’s still no official word yet on Ford’s participation in the film, this week brought the news that another original Star Wars star has been in talks for the film: Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Hamill revealed that George Lucas, who will serve as a creative consultant on the film, has approached Hamill and the original trilogy’s other stars to appear in the new film. He explained:
“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. 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 also explained his desire to have all his surviving co-stars appear in the new film, including Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, and Tony Daniels. And while he doesn’t know yet what the official plot of the new sequel will be, he does have some ideas about how Luke Skywalker could return in the new film:
“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. I’m going to be a lonely old hermit living out in some kind of desert igloo with a couple of robots.’”
Stay tuned for more news on Star Wars: Episode VII, which will officially debut in theaters in 2015.