Mark Hamill said he, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are all in talks with Disney about returning for the next "Star Wars."
"They're talking to us," Hamill told Entertainment Tonight. "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. 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."
What I want to know is: Can they get the ewoks back? That's sort of vital.
It's not clear how much Hamill knows about the evolving plot of Episode VII, but he did share his own speculation. "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," he said. "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.'"
So that's what happened to Mark Hamill.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Hamill wants as many of the original cast members to return as possible: "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."
I don't think Peter Cushing is going to make it.
Hamill also said he hoped director J.J. Abrams and Disney would go back to the original trilogy in an aesthetic sense. "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," Hamill said. "I 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."
God bless you, Luke Skywalker.
It's not clear if any returning actors would be central to the story. According to Entertainment Weekly, a source close to cast contract negotiations said that a script needs to be finished before talks progress, saying, "It will not be for weeks and perhaps months."