This week saw a flurry of Star Wars related articles flying hither an thither on the Internet, all to do with rumours that first Harrison Ford and then the rest of the original main trio, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, would be returning for Star Wars: Episode VII. With the geeky stakes on this one being so high, rumours were beginning to spin out of control a bit.
So who else could bring balance to the Rumour Force other than Luke Skywalker himself?
Hamill spoke to Entertainment Tonight about the rumours that the three would be showing up in the new trilogy, and addressed it pretty squarely:
“They’re talking to us. 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. Both have had meetings set that were postponed — on their end, not mine. They’re more busy than I am.”
Well there you have it. Can’t make it any plainer than that, folks! Luke, Han and Leia will return (and if there any gods, it will be sans gold bikini). Probably.
Coupled with the rumours of their involvement, was the talk that the new trilogy’s story would focus on the new generation of heroes, specifically our classic heroes’ children, Jaden, Jaicen and Anakin Solo and Ben Skywalker. While Hamill claims ignorance about this, ET states that based on his tone and facial expression, he may know way more then he is letting on *taps side of nose*.
“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.'”
Well it looks like Hamill is trying his best avoid that lonely fate, as it sounds like he really wants the whole old gang back around him again. He also had some advice for the new management at Lucasfilm about how not to repeat George Lucas’ mistakes with the prequels.
“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 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 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. 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.'”
I’ve always been of the firm belief that the reason why the prequels turned out to be lesser films than the original trilogy, was because George Lucas had turned himself into The Great Flannel, this omnipotent filmmaking god, who on the 2nd day created CGI and saw that it was good and never used anything else again, puny mortals’ prayers to the contrary be damned.
Now at least, it looks like Kathleen Kennedy and friends are actually willing to listen to what fans have been asking for, and if theyr’e not doing that, at least listen to the guy who is the entire face of your multi-billion dollar franchise.