Mark Hamill confirms that, "they're talking to us," but he said no contracts have been signed. He also mentioned that George Lucas said the characters would merely be written out if the originals did not want to fill the roles of Luke, Leia and Han.
Hamill continued,"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."
While he hasn't spoken to Arndt so it's mere speculation at this point, Hamill had this to say about what he thinks the roles will be:
"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."
Hamill has a clear vision of what he hopes this new series of films will entail. He also added that he hopes the whole gang will get back together, including Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Daniels, who played C-3PO.
On continuing the franchise, Hamill stated, "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. "
Hamill continued, "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.'"
Could Hamill's two cents help or hurt his chances of being in the picture? Clearly his love and appreciation for the franchise is evident, so hopefully the originals do sign on and we get more of the "Star Wars" we know and love. Then perhaps we'll be able to get the bad taste of those prequels out of our minds.
"Star Wars: Episode VII" hits AMC Theatres in 2015.
Source: Ropes of Silicon
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