Luke Skywalker in talks to be in new Star Wars film

Feb 21st, 2013
Mark Hamill/Luke Skywalker. Image Credit: Lucasfilm/Walt Disney Co
Image Credit: Lucasfilm/Walt Disney Co
Feb 21st, 2013

Luke Skywalker himself Mark Hamill may have accidentally revealed that he's coming back for Star Wars: Episode VII.

"They're talking to us," Mark told ET Online yesterday.

"George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we'd be interested. 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."

Mark, who was being interviewed about his new gangster flick Sushi Girl, also commented on how he was just as surprised as us to hear about the Disney and Lucasfilm merger.

"I probably learn more from Entertainment Tonight than I do directly from Lucasfilm," he joked.

"Like for instance, when George told us he wanted to do the next trilogy, he didn't tell us it was going to be done for Disney. He saved that little nugget, and I read it online like anybody else."


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So what does he think about the spin-off and sequel plans?

"It's all very, very exciting and so unexpected," he said.

"I think that's the quality I like about it most — it's like getting a pair of pants out of the closet you haven't worn in three years and finding a $20 bill in the pocket. It's just so unexpected."

However, the 61-year-old wants to ensure that the tone of the film is right and that the original cast are returning before signing anything.

"Is Carrie [Fisher] and Harrison [Ford] and Billy Dee 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," he said.


The original cast: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford
Image credit: Lucasfilm/Disney

"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 light-hearted and humorous — in my opinion, anyway."

"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'."

Well Mark, we'll find out more about that once director JJ Abrams begins production on Star Wars: Episode VII — But first we'll have to wait until he's finished with promoting Star Trek: Into Darkness, set for release in May, 2013.

Until then, check out Abrams and his cast going deep into the Star Trek sequel below, and watch the trailer on MovieBuzz!

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