February 20, 2013

Mark Hamill Confirms Talks To Reprise Luke Skywalker In EPISODE VII, Says Luke Could Have An Obi-Wan Role

While there has been talk of the original three actors reprising their roles of Luke, Han and Leia we really haven't heard much in the way of confirmation. The only real quote was from Ford who said he'd be up for it. Harrison is usually extremely cagey about his involvement with Star Wars which seemed like a good chance he was willing to come back. However, nothing really concrete has been made official.

In a new interview with ET (via CBM) Mark Hamill has revealed that he and the others are indeed in talks with LucasFilm. Adding that contracts haven't been signed and they haven't met with production people yet. It's possible if anyone decides to exclude themselves they'll be written out rather than being replaced. Hamill also gave his theories on the plot and his possible role in the new trilogy. Along with a hope for more "old school" feel to the production and not relying to heavily on CGI effects. Rick Baker has mentioned being willing to return to the franchise and considering his Oscar winning makeup effects LucasFilm/Abrams would be crazy not to consider him. There is also the use of puppets thanks in part to the Henson Company which already has ties with Disney because of the Muppet franchise.

“They’re talking to us,” he reveals. “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."

“I’m assuming that these movies would be about our offspring — like my character would be sort of in the Obi-Wan range [as] an influential character". 

“I hope they find the right balance of CGI with practical effects", says Hamill. "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.”

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