As the news of Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm and plans to move forward with "Star Wars: Episode VII" for a 2015 release date (with a new "Star Wars" film release following every two years beyond) settles in, fans and movie lovers continue to speculate on what this will mean for the franchise long term.
We know that this next trilogy will be based on an original concept from Lucas, but we do not yet know the particulars of the planned storyline.
EW was able to speak with Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, to get his response to the historic purchase and the plans to move forward with a new trilogy.
The actor said he had missed a call from Lucas on the day that the news was announced and was just as shocked as anyone by the Disney purchase. He did reveal, however, that he had been invited to lunch with Lucas and "Star Wars" co-star Carrie Fisher where he was informed about the plan to move forward with "Episode VII".
"I thought he was going to talk about either his retirement or the 'Star Wars' TV series that I’ve heard about — which I don’t think we were going to be involved in anyway, because that takes place between the prequels and the ones we were in and, if Luke were in them, he’d be anywhere from a toddler to a teenager so they’d get an age-appropriate actor — or the 3-D releases. So when he said, 'We decided we’re going to do Episodes VII, VIII, and IX,” I was just gobsmacked. “What? Are you nuts?!” [Laughs]"
Hamill is not certain whether or not he will be a part of this next film series, but, he does see that there is a case to be made for either outcome.
"I can see both sides of it," Hamill says. "Because in a way, there was a beginning, a middle, and an end and we all lived happily ever after and that’s the way it should be — and it’s great that people have fond memories, if they do have fond memories. But on the other hand, there’s this ravenous desire on the part of the true believers to have more and more and more material. It’s one of those things: people either just don’t care for it or are passionate about it. I guess that defines what cult movies are all about."
What do you think? Would you like to see a return of Luke and Leia?
We will continue to keep you updated as details emerge!
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