Mr. Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, has recently given Entertainment Tonight an update on the status of Walt Disney/LucasFilm’s upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. The most recent rumor was that Harrison Ford will be returning as Han Solo in episode 7, but in the interview, Hamill himself has confirmed that even though the original cast were in talks to reprise their respective roles, no contracts have been signed yet.
“They’re talking to us…” Hamill stated. “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.”
He went on to add, “And another thing I’d want to make sure of is are we going to have the whole gang back? Is Carrie [Fisher] and Harrison [Ford] 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.”
On Luke’s role in Episode VII, Hamill speculated, “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.”
Via: Entertainment Tonight