Mark Hamill sets us straight on Star Wars: Episode 7


We’ve had so much Star Wars: Episode VII speculation going on lately about Harrison Ford returning to play Han Solo and Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher hopping back aboard as well. Now, we’re getting the record set straight by Mark Hamill himself.

Hamill said the following in an interview with Entertainment Tonight:

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.

Though Hamill hasn’t had a chance to meet the writers yet, he speculates that if Luke winds up in the film, he’d likely have an Obi-Wan Kenobi-like role. He also believes that other actors, like Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Daniels, ought to come back to the series as well. Coming Soon speculates that this mean Hamill knows more than he’s letting on.

So, that’s that. After the cut, I’ve included one more quote from Hamill regarding what he would like to see out of the new Star Wars films in terms of tone and special effects.

[Entertainment Tonight via Coming Soon]

Mark Hamill:

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.’

Hubert Vigilla
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